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Not all Driving Lessons or Driving Schools are equal and will differ greatly in the way they are delivered and the amount of benefit you will gain from them.
Many people search for the cheapest Driving Lessons only to find the “hidden” cost of cheap when comparing the amount of lessons required to those that seek the “best” lessons. Many students wrongly assume that all Driving Lessons are the same and choose solely on price. Here at Mark Jordan Driving, we are amazed at how many times the first question we are asked revolves around Driving Lesson prices instead of the learning experience that can be expected. Students rarely inquire as to whether the Instructor is even qualified or still a trainee!
We receive approximately 4-5 calls each week from students that are looking to transfer driving instructors or driving school for a variety of reasons and I find this a sad reflection on the industry where around 30% of learner drivers change their driving instructors before reaching their practical driving test.
How to evaluate whether you are getting the most benefit from a driving lesson:
Driving Lessons should begin with an interactive discussion to establish your state of learning and explore any issues that may influence the driving session. Following this would be a discussion as to what topics you would like to cover and use of Q & A to establish your theory knowledge of the subject to be covered. A risk plan would then be devised as to who is going to take responsibility for what actions: For example – is the instructor going to talk you through the entire topic or are you going to share the responsibility for your actions and have the instructor coach you with well guided questions. It’s extremely important to understand this aspect to avoid over or under instruction. After a short period of practice, a brief stop to evaluate what has been learnt before deciding on the next phase of the lesson. it could be you both agree that further practice would be beneficial or perhaps the plan would be to move to the next stage and attempt a spell of independent driving.
It is vital that you are always involved in the planning process to gain the maximum benefit from your driving lesson.
Not all driving instructors are adapting this type of client centered learning as many are yet to take the up-to-date training required and this is often reflected in the price they will charge for their Driving lessons.