Why should you choose a professional driving instructor?
It is very tempting, especially in the current financial climate, to ask a family member or friend to give you driving lessons. However it is very rare that anyone other than an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) will posses the relevant training and experience to train you to a sufficient level to pass your driving test. Professional Approved Driving Instructors are trained to a very high standard and know exactly how you must drive to pass the current practical driving test.
How do I know that my driving instructor is any good?
Fully qualified ADI’s in the United Kingdom have to take regular check tests to ensure they are providing the correct level of tuition to students. A Senior Driving Examiner employed by the DSA (Driving Standards Agency) will observe an instructor to ensure they are maintaining the required quality of tuition. Obviously if you have chosen to take lessons from a friend or relative they are not bound by the same levels of quality. Once a driving instructor has been observed they will be graded according to their ability, these are สอนขับรถ:
Grade 4 – Competent
Grade 5 – Good
Grade 6 – Very high standard
Less than 5% of all Approved Driving Instructors registered in the UK have achieved a Grade 6 and there are an estimated 35,000 registered ADI’s.
If a driving instructor is graded less than a 4 they will be subject to further checks by the Driving Standards Agency and if their level of tuition does not improve over that time they risk having their licence revoked. If you would like to know what grade your driving instructor was given in their last assessment you can ask to see their latest grade report.
You should always be aware of whether your instructor is a fully qualified Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) or Licensed Instructor Under Training. An ADI will have a green licence to display in their windscreen whereas an Instructor Under Training will have a pink licence and whenever you are paying for tuition your instructor is bound by law to display their licence.
As you can see from the information above a professional ADI undergoes extensive and ongoing training to ensure they not only give you the best chance of passing your driving test but also make you a safe driver once you get out on the roads. Taking lessons from friends or relatives, whilst being the much cheaper option, gives you no guarantees on the level of tuition you are getting and more often than not will lead to you picking up bad habits that will get you in trouble on your driving test.