Deciding on a driving instructor in St Austell
We get that you’re looking for a driving instructor 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 St Austell
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 St Austell. 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. 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 St Austellcan 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. 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 St Austellwill stay quiet about tier waiting times so be sure to ask them before booking.
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 St Austell 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.
Test tips from driving instructors in St Austell
Driving instructors in St Austell have given us the lowdown on passing the driving test first time.
1. Brush up on rural road driving
Our instructors in St Austell 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.
Choosing between manual and automatic
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.Flexibility is the main plus point with learning in a manual.
Cost is also another factor as manual instructors tend to be more common and therefore lessons can be cheaper.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 St Austells busy roads, an automatic may be for you.
Both transmissions come with their pros and cons, so think carefully before making your decision!
Where we provide driving lessons in St Austell
Regardless of where you live in St Austellor the surrounding areas, our driving instructors have got you covered.
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