Learning already? Not sure if you are being fed the right information or have an
instructor that doesn’t seem bothered?
We have many learners come to us after being let down by another driving school,
this is a real shame and substandard driving tuition seems to be on the rise. The
reasons that learners have decided to change driving schools seem to always be one
of the following, and if any of the following reasons sound familiar then you may
need to change your driving instructor too!
• The fuel saving instructor
Do you find yourself parked up for most of your lesson? The reason for this is for
the instructor to save fuel costs by ensuring the teaching method is of the ‘listening’
type. At Fineline Driving Aademy, all of our lessons involve at least 90% driving,
and we will only park you up to explain something in detail with the help of visual
aids or to explain how to perform a manoeuvre. Of course, sometimes it is perfectly
viable to be parked up and have your instructor pass on their expertise to you in
order for you to apply it on the road. This method of teaching can be abused as
we are well aware, many new learners come to us every week and tell us the same
story , ‘my last instructor always seemed to park me up talk endlessly about what
we are going to learn’, this is something we are strongly against and believe it
is just a way of running down the clock.
• THE ANGRY INSTRUCTOR!
The reason of, ‘my old instructor always got angry with me!’, is just plain ridiculous.
If you find yourself paying someone to teach you a skill only to be shouted at when
you do something wrong, not only should you stop paying for this instructors services
but you should ask for a refund as well. How can you successfully learn a new skill
without making mistakes?, the instructor shouldn’t be in this line of work if they
are this easily annoyed as they clearly do not have the patience required to be
a driving instructor. We at Fineline Driving Academy never adopt this attitude,
we aim to create a calm and positive atmosphere in what is practically a moving
classroom! We have learned in our many years of experience that a positive attitude
towards our pupils results in a faster rate of learning and quicker results!
• The ‘cheap price’ instructor
So you’ve found an instructor who is offering super cheap driving lessons, something
along the lines of ’10 hours for £99’ or ‘6 hours for £60’. The famous saying of
‘you get what you pay for’ should come to mind before handing over any of your hard
earned money. Let’s get to the probable origins of where these offers come from,
these instructors are more than likely not getting enough business, hence the very
low price, why are they not getting any customers? Well, they probably aren’t any
good. The best instructors don’t need to advertise their offers as their diary is
normally full of clients who have chosen this particular instructor due to a personal
recommendation, and with Fineline Driving Academy we find that most of our instructors
have a diary consisting mostly of pupils who have been recommended by family or
Another problem with these offers is that you will probably have to hand over all
of the money at the beginning of your first lesson, and the terms and conditions
usually entail a ‘no refunds’ clause which means your money will be gone even if
you don’t like the instructors teaching techniques. We have a lot of clients who
have taken out an introductory offer like the ones mentioned, and they all seem
to have one thing in common, hardly any basic knowledge of driving even after having
10 hours on the road due to the fact that their introductory offer lessons were
not very productive and not much driving instruction went on during these hours.
The problem is, you will end up spending more on these cheap mediocre lessons than
you will if you spend £20 an hour for premium driving lessons like the ones provided
by Fineline Driving Academy. So before you hand over a lump sum for one of these
offers, take advantage of our unique 4 lessons for £50 introductory offer, we guarantee
you won’t be disappointed!
• The Trainee Instructor
Believe it or not, it is possible that your current instructor is not fully qualified!
When a driving instructor has passed the second of their three qualifying exams,
they are able to instruct for payment on a trainee license in order to prepare for
their part three final qualifying exam. Although we are not against an individual
obtaining actual industry practise in order to make them more confident, we don’t
believe that they should charge a learner a price for a service which may be sub
standard and therefore we only have fully qualified driving instructors with a minimum
amount of 5 years experience as a driving instructor. This ensures a high standard
of instruction and maintains our driving school as one of the premium driving schools
in the West London area. If you are currently learning how to drive at the moment,
ask your instructor on your next lesson to see their badge, if it is has a pink
triangle then your instructor is not fully qualified. It should be green with an
octagon and contain a recognisable picture of your instructor on the reverse as
figure 1 shows:
Figure 1. Left badge: Fully qualified instructor. Right badge: Trainee instructor
You should bear in mind, that any driving instructor who is taking payment for a
driving lesson is required (by law) to clearly display their badge in the windscreen
of their car and there is no excuse for not abiding by this law. You are putting
a lot of trust in this individual in allowing them to teach you this skill for life
and you should therefore make the small effort to check your instructors qualifications,
do not be afraid of offending them as you are paying them a lot of money for their
services. To avoid the worry of checking for your driving instructors qualifications,
choose Fineline Driving Academy to teach you how to drive, where we worry about
getting you a license as soon as possible!
• The ‘piggy back’ instructor
When it comes to driving tuition, the term ‘piggy back’ refers to the instructor
picking up his next pupil during your lesson, so that once you are dropped off,
the next learner can conveniently jump from the back into the driver’s seat and
start their lesson from your drop off point. This benefits the driving instructor
as they do not have to waste time driving from one location to another, it won’t
benefit you as you’ve got to deal with a stranger sitting in the back of your lesson
and also the hassle of waiting outside this strangers pick up point for them to
be ready. When learning with Fineline Driving Academy, we only provide 1 to 1 tuition
as we feel it is unfair for your time to be affected due to another client. If you
pay for an hour long lesson, then 100% of your instructors attention should be directed
towards you and nobody else, this is the professional way to conduct a driving lesson
and we believe the only way. So don’t let your current instructor take you off route
to prepare for their next lesson, its selfish and unprofessional. Give us a call
on 0800 689 9558/07446 350 220!
• The ‘jammy’ instructor
Driving instructors have excellent knowledge of the local area and need to utilise
this knowledge to help you get the most out of your lessons, instructors also know
where the traffic hotspots are and what time the traffic is likely to build up.
At Fineline Driving Academy, we have had a few learners come to us and tell us stories
of always being stuck in traffic and being driven to the same certain roads where
traffic build up is likely. This is a cheeky way to run down the clock for the instructor
and can take a lot of valuable time out of your lesson. We’ve had a student who
had been taken to the same level crossing in 4 of her last 8 lessons where they
sat for around 10 to 15 minutes each time in silence as the instructor played about
on his phone. At Fineline Driving Academy, we never subject our learners to time
wasting tactics, we make sure you drive for the vast majority of your lesson and
that you get the most out of the service we provide.
• The illegal driving instructor
Although this is rare, we have had a case where a learner came to us and claimed
that their last driving instructor was caught out for having no insurance to allow
provisional license holders to drive his car. Our client said that her suspicions
were raised from day 1 when she noticed the lack of dual controls in the vehicle,
and after being stopped by police during a driving lesson, the police confirmed
that the vehicle didn’t have the correct insurance to provide driving tuition. It
was later found out that the instructor was indeed an illegal driving instructor
as he lacked the necessary qualifications to provide driving tuition for payment.
Although this is indeed a very rare case, it does happen and the DSA have recently
released figures showing that in the past 4 years a total of 123 suspected illegal
driving instructors were arrested, of whom 39 were convicted. These instructors
can pass on incorrect knowledge due to their lack of qualifications and this could
eventually lead to you driving dangerously as you follow your instructors advice.
This is obviously something you will not have worry about if learning with Fineline
Driving Academy, however if you are currently learning with a driving school then
you should do your due diligence and check your instructors badge. It should be
green(fully qualified) or pink(part qualified) and clearly identifiable on the windscreen,
do not be afraid to ask to see the badge as you are paying with your hard earned
money so your instructor should be fully qualified to provide the service you require.
• The ‘attention elsewhere’ instructor
There are driving instructors in operation who do not have all of their attention
focused on you during your driving lessons. This may seem odd, but it is a regular
occurrence, they are more interested in the money you will hand over than picking
up on any mistakes that you may commit during your lesson, these mistakes could
therefore become a habit and if made during your test will result in a fail verdict.
You should bear in mind that you are paying your driving instructor to teach you
how to drive and this involves pointing out your errors as well as passing on their
expert knowledge. If you feel you are making mistakes and they are not being picked
up by your instructor, you should point this out to your instructor or stop taking
lessons with this instructor. At Fineline Driving Academy, driving tuition is our
passion and you can rest assured that any errors in your driving will be picked
up by our instructors and advice will be shared on how to prevent making similar
mistakes in the future.