Is the cost of driving lessons an important factor when looking for a good instructor? – Don’t choose a driving instructor on the basis of price alone!
Cheap prices don’t guarantee good service!
We all look for bargains especially in times of economic turmoil when we have to look at every aspect of our spending but you have to be realistic and it is important to realise that in the driving school industry cheap could be a false economy.
Driving schools that offer blocks of lessons for a small price (ie 10 lessons for £95.00) are not making enough money to justify the mileage it takes to teach people to drive. They have to look at running costs the same as schools that charge more, so the obvious way to keep costs down is to spend more time at the side of the road with the engine switched off – and that would result in taking more than the average amount of lessons to get test ready – more lessons – more cost – not looking so cheap now!
You cannot learn to drive at the side of the road or with the engine switched off. The worst story that I have come across was a student who payed up front for 10 cheap lessons and then spent 6 of them sitting in the passenger seat learning theory (something we can all do free in our own time). You pay a driving instructor to teach you how to drive, not to talk about the theory of it – you need to be in the driving seat and on the move.
When looking for a driving instructor personal recommendations from friends and family have to be at the top of the list. The cost of lessons is equally important and will vary greatly from driving school to driving school therefore it pays to do a bit of research and find an average price for lessons in your area. Prices in Eastbourne vary from expensive to the ridiculously cheap – the average price is around £20.00 and is below the national average as there are too many schools chasing too few customers. Some driving schools will have offers for beginners, students and block bookings, most of which are genuine and good value – but remember never make your choice of instructor on price alone. An introductory offer is a good way for you to get to know the instructor and if you like driving but it should be what it is – an ‘introduction to driving’ not a sit at the side of the road talking about it!!
Good driving instruction comes at a price and learning to drive takes time. Over the years I have had a number of students coming to Begin Driving that have been victims of the cheap lessons culture all with their own horror story and feeling that they have been ripped off. Driving schools that charge more do so because they are good at what they do and are more likely to get you through your driving test quicker and better prepared for life on the road because they have taken the time to teach you how to drive in the real world and not in the false economy of cheap lessons, sitting at the side of the road!!
So, if you want to learn how to drive choose an instructor that has a good reputation, charges an average price and if possible has been recommended. At Begin Driving we take every step to ensure that we are up to date with our industry and in touch with our students – we tailor our training to each individual so that we can get them to test standard as cost effectively as possible – so if you are ready to learn to drive or if you are already learning and fed up sitting at the side of the road talking – give us a call on 07973 156 196.