How to choose a driving instructor in Folkestone
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 Folkestone
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 Folkestone. 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. 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 Folkestonecan 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 Folkestonewill avoid sharing this unless asked. Make sure you do to avoid disappointment.
Choosing your test centre
If you're almost test ready, it may be time to check out local test centres.Your driving instructor in Folkestone will help you find the test centre that's right for you.
To see all of the DVSA test centres near you, check the DVSA website.
Top driving test tips from instructors in Folkestone
Driving instructors in Folkestone have let us in on their secrets for passing the driving test first time in the area.
1. Practise driving on rural roads
Our driving instructors in Folkestone 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.
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.
Manual lessons are often cheaper as automatic instructors are few and far between. A manual offers the driver a bit more control over the vehicle - especially on windy rural roads where a gear change can help you navigate twists, turns and hill climbs more effectively.
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 Folkestone town centre, you may well prefer an automatic.
Both transmissions come with their pros and cons, so think carefully before making your decision!
Where can I find driving lessons in Folkestone
Regardless of where you live in Folkestoneor the surrounding areas, our driving instructors have got you covered.
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