You might expect to sit beside a driving instructor who takes full control of your learning. An instructor who tells you exactly what to do and why you need to do it.
You may well pass a driving test with that approach, but there is a downside to learning that way – you may not feel totally equipped or prepared to drive on the roads by yourself once you pass. This is because an instructor-led approach is a passive learning method – it removes your need to be fully aware, to make the correct choices and to be responsible for those choices.
An active learning approach is more engaging and interesting for you...
I will involve you in the learning process much more. You´ll be actively encouraged to take more control of your learning. I am there to provide structure to your lessons of course, but will encourage you to express your thoughts on what you would like to cover and to even find out how long you´d like to spend learning that skill or topic before moving on to something else. I´ll ask you to think about situations that have developed on your lessons; to reflect upon and learn from situations, opportunities and mistakes (YES – mistakes are essential part of learning!).
You´ll be able to problem-solve more efficiently and confidently, ready for when you´ve passed and are out on the road on your own.
My driving school car is a Ford Fiesta TDCI, 3 door hatchback, diesel, 1.5 cylinder capacity, manual transmission, fitted with He-Man dual controls for your peace of mind and safety.
I also use a BlackVue front and rear dash cam in my lessons. The camera has a mobile app so I can playback footage allowing you to view what went well, where you could improve, and how you could make those improvements.
Research has shown that the average number of hours with a driving instructor prior to passing the test is 47 (and an additional 20 hours private practice, too)*. Do remember that this is only an average – some will pass much sooner than this, and others make take longer. Young adults generally learn quicker than older age groups and as a result tend to pass with fewer hours. But as with everything, some will take to driving more naturally than others, and some will have specific needs which might mean learning to drive takes a little longer than average, too.
*These figures are from the Cohort II Study of Learner and New Drivers:
You´ll have the opportunity to answer the sort of questions you need to be asking yourself in order to become a safe and responsible driver because you’ll have a better understanding of the sort of things that make you tick; you’ll know how the way you think and the way you feel affects the decisions you make; and you’ll have techniques to help you self-manage.
Once your standard of driving reaches a point where we both feel you’re ready to take your test, you’ll undergo ´mock driving assessments´ to prepare you for your real driving test. These are a guide to what happens during the driving test and what it takes to pass it – including the eyesight test, ´show me, tell me´ questions, reversing exercises, and independent driving part of the test.