How to decide which driving instructor is best for you in Mansfield
We get that you’re looking for a driving school who:
- Makes you feel confident
- Makes the whole experience fun
- Won’t cost an arm and a leg!
Which is why we've laid out 4 steps to finding a quality driving instructor in Mansfield
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 Mansfield. Be sure to select your review sites carefully - some can be a bit dodgy. Make sure you are reading reviews from legitimate 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 Mansfieldcan match you with a new instructor easily if you decide you want to swap. Not all schools will have enough instructors to facilitate this, so don’t book until you’re sure.
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 Mansfieldwill stay quiet about tier waiting times so be sure to ask them before booking.
Local driving test centres
As soon as you're ready to start thinking about your test, you'll need to find a local test centre.Your instructor in Mansfield 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 all of the DVSA test centres near you, check the DVSA website.
Top tips from instructors in Mansfield
Driving instructors in Mansfield have given us the lowdown on passing the driving test first time.
1. Brush up on rural road driving
Our instructors in Mansfield 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.
Deciding on manual or automatic driving lessons
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 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.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.
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 Mansfields 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 Mansfield
Regardless of where you live in Mansfieldor the surrounding areas, our top quality driving instructors can help get you on the road.
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