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Deciding on a driving instructor in Harrogate
We understand that you'll want a driving school who:
- Builds your confidence
- Makes learning fun
- Won’t charge a fortune!
For that reason, here are 4 easy steps to make sure you choose the right driving school in Harrogate
1. Compare reviews
Reading reviews is a great way to anticipate what your experience will be like with the driving schools in Harrogate. 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. Make sure you can switch instructors
Check that your driving school in Harrogatecan 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 Harrogatewill 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.Your driving instructor in Harrogate will give you a hand choosing the test centre that’s right for you, and then introduce you to the routes that could crop up on test day.
To see more test centres near you, enter your postcode on the DVSA website.
Top tips from instructors in Harrogate
Driving instructors in Harrogate have given us the lowdown on passing the driving test first time.
1. Practise driving on rural roads
Our driving instructors in Harrogate 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.
Manual and automatic: which is best?
Are you ready to learn to drive? The first step is to choose between manual and automatic driving lessons.
With an automatic licence, you’re qualified to drive automatic cars, whereas with a manual driving licence, you’re qualified to drive both manuals and automatics. This flexibility can be handy when buying a car.
Manual driving lessons are also cheaper, as there are more manual driving instructors available. Some drivers prefer the control a manual can give while driving too.
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 Harrogates 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 we provide driving lessons in Harrogate
Regardless of where you live in Harrogateor the surrounding areas, our driving instructors have got you covered.
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