We at Fineline Driving Academy have taken the liberty to round up a few questions
you might want to ask an instructor to get a better idea of their credentials. Don’t
be afraid to ask these questions as you might soon be handing over a vast amount
of your hard earned money and you should have the peace of mind that you will receive
a great service in return.
• How long have you been instructing for?
The more years of experience, the better service the instructor can provide.
• Are you aware of the selected driving test centres test routes?
This local area knowledge will be priceless and will help greatly if you want to
pass first time.
• Will I be taking my test in this car?
Some instructors have different test day vehicles which isn’t ideal if you get used
to your driving lessons vehicle.
• How much do you charge for car hire on the test day?
Some instructors charge ludicrous amounts for car hire on the test day, we had a
learner come to us for their test after their previous instructor asked for £200
on the test day!
• What is your pass rate?
Needless to say, a high pass rate will reflect the quality of your driving instructor. The national average pass rate for the year 2013 - 2014 was around 47% so you would be looking for an instructor with a pass rate which surpasses this in order to increase your chances of passing your test first time. We at Fineline Driving Academy boast a pass rate of over 80%, which means 4 out of 5 of our learners pass their test on their 1st attempt!
• May I see your driving instructors badge?
This should be visible on the windscreen, you should ask to see the badge to ensure
your instructors photo is correct and that the badge is not expired.
• Do you offer discounts for block bookings?
No instructor wants to lose a learner, so ask for a discount and you may get away
with a chunk off your lesson price.
You should bear in mind that your instructors quality of driving lessons can only
be realised after you have taken a few lessons, so this might be a better stage
to assess how you are being taught. You should avoid block booking lessons straight
away because you might not be too pleased with your instructors level of teaching
after you’ve taken a few lessons, also remember that the driving instructor/school
you choose is entirely your choice so don’t feel awkward if you need to stop taking
lessons them because you fancy a change.