ELITE Lessons Driving School

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Manual and automatic driving school providing lessons in Croydon, Bromley, and across Surrey

Choosing The Right School

Whether just starting out as a teen, coming to driving later in life or brushing up on a lost skill, it’s imperative that you pick a school and instructor that you feel comfortable and are confident with. Learning to drive can be expensive and so it’s important that you consider it an investment and therefore undertake some research before embarking on it.

All driving instructors will be registered with the Driving Standards Agency, and are legally required to have Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) status. All ADIs will have a green badge displayed on their windscreen. Trainee driving instructors will have a pink badge displayed in the windscreen of their vehicle. There are further qualifications instructors can take too, including Fleet trainer, ORDIT (Official Register of Driving Instructor Trainers), the DIA (Driving Instructors Association) Advanced or Special test, IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) Advanced Test, and RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Advanced test. So it’s worth asking if an instructor has any of these so you know the level you are getting.

To find a good driving school you will first need to get a list to contact so it’s a good idea to search on the internet or in a business directory for local or national driving schools that cover your area. Also ask family and friends for recommendations, as they’ll give you an honest appraisal of their experience.

Once you have a list then start calling round to ask more questions about the driving school. A good school won’t object to you doing this, and if they do then that might be reason enough to put you off engaging further with them.

The sorts of questions you might like to ask are how long it takes on average for their students to pass their test, and the average number of lessons. On average a 17 year old learner takes between 40 – 50 hours of lessons to reach a safe and test ready standard. Although it can vary wildly from person to person this should give you a rough indicator of their competence. Ask what their pass rate is as well.

Don’t be afraid to ask about the record of specific instructors and how much experience they have. The DSA have a rating system and you can ask what grade their instructors have achieved. The rating is from 4 to 6, with 4 as ‘satisfactory’, 5 ‘good overall’ and 6 the highest.

Statistics won’t cover everything though, so once you have narrowed it down to a few schools then it might be woth just booking an initial assessment lesson, to see what individual and car you feel most comfortable with.{jcomments on}