How to choose a driving school in Winchester
We get that you’re looking for a driving school 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 Winchester
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 Winchester. 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. 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 Winchestercan pair you up with a new instructor easily if you decide you want to swap.
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 Winchesterwon’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 Winchester 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.
Top tips from instructors in Winchester
Local driving instructors in Winchester have given us the lowdown on passing the driving test first time.
1. Practise driving on rural roads
Our driving instructors in Winchester 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 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 gives you more flexibility in the long run.
Manual lessons are often cheaper as automatic instructors are few and far between. 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.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 Winchesters 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 Winchester
No matter where you are in Winchesteror the surrounding areas, our driving instructors have got you covered.
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