How to choose a driving school in Gravesend
We get that you’re looking for a driving school who:
- Builds your confidence
- Makes learning fun
- Won’t charge a fortune!
Which is why we've laid out 4 steps to finding a quality driving instructor in Gravesend
1. Compare reviews
Reading reviews is a great way to anticipate what your experience will be like with the driving schools in Gravesend. Just make sure that you read reviews collated by independent sources, like Google reviews.
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 Gravesendcan 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 Gravesendwill avoid sharing this unless asked. Make sure you do to avoid disappointment.
Local driving test centres
When the time is right, you’ll need to choose a driving test centre. Your driving instructor in Gravesend 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 Gravesend
Driving instructors in Gravesend have shared thier insider tips for passing your test.
1. Brush up on rural road driving
Our instructors in Gravesend 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.
Manual and automatic: which is best?
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.This gives you more flexibility in the long run.
Cost is also another factor as manual instructors tend to be more common and therefore lessons can be cheaper.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.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 Gravesends busy roads, an automatic may be for you.
There are pros and cons to both, so it's worth spending some time to research and decide before you start.
Where we provide driving lessons in Gravesend
Regardless of where you live in Gravesendor the surrounding areas, our driving instructors have got you covered.
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