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How to choose a driving instructor in Eastleigh
We understand that you'll want a driving instructor who:
- Makes you feel confident
- Makes the whole experience fun
- Won’t cost an arm and a leg!
So here are 4 simple steps to make sure you find a top driving instructor in Eastleigh
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 Eastleigh. We'd recommend always looking at independent reviews collated by real customers!
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. Make sure you can switch instructors
Check that your driving school in Eastleighcan 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 Eastleighwill avoid sharing this unless asked. Make sure you do to avoid disappointment.
Choosing your test centre
As soon as you're ready to start thinking about your test, you'll need to find a local test centre.A good driving instructor in Eastleigh 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 Eastleigh
Local driving instructors in Eastleigh have given us the lowdown on passing the driving test first time.
1. Brush up on rural road driving
Our instructors in Eastleigh 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.
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.
Choosing between manual and automatic
Are you ready to learn to drive? The first step is to choose 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.This flexibility can be handy when buying a car.
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.Driving in heavy traffic can also be more straightforward as there's no clutch and gear changes to worry about. So if you're after a motor to drive about Eastleighs 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 Eastleigh
No matter where you are in Eastleighor the surrounding areas, our driving instructors have got you covered.
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