How to choose a driving school in Newton Abbot
When looking for a driving instructor; you need someone who:
- Builds your driving ability
- Makes learning to drive enjoyable
- Is affordable
For that reason, here are 4 easy steps to make sure you choose the right driving school in Newton Abbot
1. Check reviews online
Reviewing an instructors online reviews is a great way to get afeel for what to expect from the driving schools in Newton Abbot. 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. 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 Newton Abbotcan 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 Newton Abbotwon’t tell you their waiting times upfront unless you ask directly. So again, don’t get caught out!
Local driving test centres
If you're almost test ready, it may be time to check out local test centres.Your driving instructor in Newton Abbot 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.
Test tips from driving instructors in Newton Abbot
Driving instructors in Newton Abbot have given us the lowdown on passing the driving test first time.
1. Practise driving on rural roads
Our driving instructors in Newton Abbot 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?
One question you'll need to answer before you begin your lessons is: Do I want to take manual or 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 can make buying a car an easier task as you can drive both transmissions.
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 Newton Abbot 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 we offer driving lessons in Newton Abbot
No matter where you are in Newton Abbotor the surrounding areas, our driving instructors have got you covered.
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