Buyer Beware


Observation on a driving lesson is one of the most important parts of learning to drive, something I am sure most instructors will agree. So I thought I would share one of my “observations” via our blog.

I am writing this as a warning to just about anybody who is currently looking to learn to drive and is shopping around looking for an instructor. All of the following takes place between “14:15 and 16:45 on the 12th Feb 2011 (Sounds very like an episode of the popular TV series “24” !!!!)

During a lesson with a pupil of mine who was on just his third lesson with me (he takes 90 min lessons), we were driving around an estate practicing and learning to turn left and emerge left out of various junctions. After one circuit we passed another learner vehicle parked on our left, no doubt discussing the next part of their lesson. The route we were taking took approximately 6-7 minutes to complete. As per each turn or emerge from a junction we would take about good points and improvements made. After three circuits (aprox 25 mins) the learner mentioned earlier was still un moved and was still looking and listening patiently to his instructor. I mentioned this to my pupil explaining that it was probably his first lesson and they were discussing the basics of the vehicle, so we carried on with more turns and emerging, extending our route to return to the original point where the other learner had been, had is probably not the best word as he was “still” there some 50 minutes later, however we pulled over and chatted about how the lesson was going, and decided to introduce the right turn to include more emerging for the final 20 / 30 minutes, off we went with many a successful turn, and it has to be said the occasional problem.

However as we once again retuned to our starting point, the other learner was now getting out of the vehicle and into the passenger seat (he did look rather glassy eyed), having not completed any driving etc for almost 90 minutes.

Quote from my pupil, “Has he not done any driving on that lesson” to which I replied, “Doesn’t look like it, he has probably taken one of those offers… £10 hrs for £90… and will probably be sat their again next lesson”

MORAL OF THE STORY If you are looking at learning to drive, unfortunately there are not many “CHEAP” options, if you are paying any less than £17p/h hour for more than one or two hours, then you have chosen THE EXPENSIVE way to learn to drive. Paying the extra few pounds for quality tuition is highly likely to get you towards your test quicker and cheaper in the long run, than by searching through the bargain basement.