How to choose a driving school in Airdrie
We get that you’re looking for a driving school who:
- Builds your driving ability
- Makes learning to drive enjoyable
- Is affordable
Which is why we've laid out 4 steps to finding a quality driving instructor in Airdrie
1. Check reviews online
Reviewing an instructors online reviews is a great way to get afeel for what to expect from the driving schools in Airdrie. Just make sure that you read reviews collated by independent sources, like Google reviews.
2. Beware of terms and conditions
If you’re like most people, the chances are you usually tick the box to say you’ve read the terms and conditions even if you haven’t. But in this scenario, it’s important that you read them carefully. Some driving schools have hidden policies, like making your driving lessons expire if you don’t use them all within a short timeframe. Don’t get caught out!
3. Check that you can switch instructors
You don’t want to be stuck learning with someone you don’t get on with. So, the safest thing is to check that your driving school in Airdriecan pair you up with a new instructor easily if you decide you want to swap.
4. Do they have long waiting times?
Imagine booking your driving lessons only to find out that you can't start for ages. It can happen. Many driving schools in Airdriewon’t tell you their waiting times upfront unless you ask directly. So again, don’t get caught out!
Deciding on a test centre
As soon as you're ready to start thinking about your test, you'll need to find a local test centre.Your instructor in Airdrie will advise on the whole test centre experience to make sure you're setup to pass.
To see all of the DVSA test centres near you, check the DVSA website.
Top tips from instructors in Airdrie
Local driving instructors in Airdrie have given us the lowdown on passing the driving test first time.
1. Brush up on rural road driving
Our instructors in Airdrie say that rural roads can be difficult because usually, you’re permitted to drive on them at the national speed limit, but that’s not always an appropriate speed.
Take extra time to practise judging a sensible speed when on a country road.
2. Drive defensively
When you’re driving in urban settings you need to be aware that not all drivers will drive well, or even follow the highway code! Make sure that you anticipate the behaviour of other drivers and adapt your own driving accordingly.
3. Directions aren’t the be all and end all.
You’ll receive directions from both the examiner and a sat nav at different points in your driving test. If you realise you’re in the wrong lane at the last minute, it might be dangerous to correct yourself. If that’s the case, it’s fine to make a wrong turn - it’s more important to drive safely than to follow directions accurately, and our local driving instructors say that you’re unlikely to be penalised.
Choosing between manual and automatic
Before you step foot inside an instructors car you have to decide between manual and automatic driving lessons.
Manual licence holders are able to drive both manual and automatic cars, however, automatic drivers are stuck with automatic cars only.Flexibility is the main plus point with learning in a manual.
Cost is also another factor as manual instructors tend to be more common and therefore lessons can be cheaper.Plus, driving a manual car gives you a greater sense of control, which many people prefer in rural areas or on longer-distance journeys along motorways and dual carriageways.
Taking automatics driving lessons may allow you to pass faster as you have less to learn such as clutch control.On top of this, the lack of a clutch pedal makes automatic cars easier to drive in heavy traffic, so it you’re going to be getting a car to run you around Airdries busy roads, an automatic may be for you.
Both transmissions come with their pros and cons, so think carefully before making your decision!
Where we provide driving lessons in Airdrie
Regardless of where you live in Airdrieor the surrounding areas, our driving instructors have got you covered.
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