Deciding on a driving instructor in Taunton
When looking for a driving school; you need someone who:
- Builds your driving ability
- Makes learning to drive enjoyable
- Is affordable
So here are 4 simple steps to make sure you find a top driving instructor in Taunton
1. Compare reviews
Reading reviews is a great way to anticipate what your experience will be like with the driving schools in Taunton. Just make sure that you read reviews collated by independent sources, like Google reviews.
2. Read the terms and conditions
Let's face it - most of us never read the terms and conditions but it’s important that you do read them carefully when booking lessons. Local driving schools can often have hidden policies especially around expiry dates for unused driving lessons so don’t get caught out!
3. Make sure you can switch instructors
Check that your driving school in Tauntoncan 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 Tauntonwill avoid sharing this unless asked. Make sure you do to avoid disappointment.
Choosing your test centre
If you're almost test ready, it may be time to check out local test centres.A good driving instructor in Taunton will advise on the whole test centre experience to make sure you're setup to pass.
To see all of the DVSA test centres near you, check the DVSA website.
Top tips from instructors in Taunton
Local driving instructors in Taunton have given us the lowdown on passing the driving test first time.
1. Brush up on rural road driving
Our instructors in Taunton 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.
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?
Before you step foot inside an instructors car you have to decide 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.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. 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 Tauntons 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 Taunton
No matter where you are in Tauntonor the surrounding areas, our driving instructors have got you covered.
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