How to choose a driving instructor in Hastings
We get that you’re looking for a driving instructor 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 Hastings
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 Hastings. 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. 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 Hastingscan sort you out with someone new if you do need to swap. Some schools are too small to allow for this so it's worth checking up front.
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 Hastingswill stay quiet about tier waiting times so be sure to ask them before booking.
Choosing your test centre
When the time is right, you’ll need to choose a driving test centre. A good local instructor in Hastings will advise on the whole test centre experience to make sure you're setup to pass.
To see more test centres near you, enter your postcode on the DVSA website.
Test tips from driving instructors in Hastings
Local driving instructors in Hastings have let us in on their secrets for passing the driving test first time in the area.
1. Brush up on rural road driving
Our instructors in Hastings 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.
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
One question you'll need to answer before you begin your lessons is: Do I want to take manual or 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.
That said, automatic cars are easier to get your head around - there’s no clutch to get the hang of! This means you may be able to pass faster by taking automatic driving lessons. 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 Hastings town centre, you may well prefer an automatic.
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 Hastings
No matter where you are in Hastingsor the surrounding areas, our top quality driving instructors can help get you on the road.
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