How to decide which driving school is best for you in Sevenoaks
When looking for a driving instructor; you need someone who:
- Builds your driving ability
- Makes learning to drive enjoyable
- Is affordable
Which is why we've laid out 4 steps to finding a quality driving instructor in Sevenoaks
1. Compare reviews
Reading reviews is a great way to anticipate what your experience will be like with the driving schools in Sevenoaks. 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. 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 Sevenoakscan 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. 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 Sevenoakswon’t tell you their waiting times upfront unless you ask directly. So again, don’t get caught out!
Deciding on a test centre
When the time is right, you’ll need to choose a driving test centre. A good local instructor in Sevenoaks 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 Sevenoaks
Driving instructors in Sevenoaks have shared thier insider tips for passing your test.
1. Practise driving on rural roads
Our driving instructors in Sevenoaks 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 or automatic lessons?
Are you ready to learn to drive? The first step is to choose 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 flexibility can be handy when buying a car.
Manual driving lessons are also cheaper, as there are more manual driving instructors available. 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.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 Sevenoakss 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 offer driving lessons in Sevenoaks
No matter where you are in Sevenoaksor the surrounding areas, our top quality driving instructors can help get you on the road.
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