How to decide which driving school is best for you in Bridgend
When looking for a driving school; you need someone who:
- Makes you feel confident
- Makes the whole experience fun
- Won’t cost an arm and a leg!
For that reason, here are 4 easy steps to make sure you choose the right driving school in Bridgend
1. Have a look at reviews online
Reading online reviews of the instructors in the local area is pretty much the number one way to understand what to expect from the nearby driving schools in Bridgend. Be sure to select your review sites carefully - some can be a bit dodgy. Make sure you are reading reviews from legitimate customers.
2. Read the terms and conditions
Let's face it - most of us never read the terms and conditions but it’s important that you do read them carefully when booking lessons. Local driving schools can often have hidden policies especially around expiry dates for unused driving lessons so don’t get caught out!
3. Ensure you are able switch instructors
Getting stuck with an instructor you don't get on with can be rough. Check that your driving school in Bridgendcan pair you up with a new instructor easily if you decide you want to swap.
4. Avoid long waiting times
The last thing you want is to book your driving lessons and then find out that you can’t get started for another few weeks! Many driving schools in Bridgendwill stay quiet about tier waiting times so be sure to ask them before booking.
Local driving test centres
When the time is right, you’ll need to choose a driving test centre. Your driving instructor in Bridgend will help you find the test centre that's right for you.
To see more test centres near you, enter your postcode on the DVSA website.
Top driving test tips from instructors in Bridgend
Driving instructors in Bridgend have given us the lowdown on passing the driving test first time.
1. Practise driving on rural roads
Our driving instructors in Bridgend have highlighted rural roads as a tricky ""one to watch"" as you’re allowed to drive at the national speed limit, but sometimes that’s not the appropriate speed for the conditions.
Extra practice on country road driving will help you to set the right speed for the journey.
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.
Deciding on manual or automatic driving lessons
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.
Automatic cars on the other hand are more straightforward to begin with as you don't need to worry about gear changes at all.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 Bridgends busy streets, you may find an automatic easier.
There are pros and cons to both, so it's worth spending some time to research and decide before you start.
Where can I find driving lessons in Bridgend
Regardless of where you live in Bridgendor the surrounding areas, our driving instructors have got you covered.
Enter your postcode to see driving lesson prices near you.