First of all letís examine why you would need a Driving Instructor in order to learn how to drive. Sure everyone needs a teacher, advisor or instructor, donít they, when facing up to a new challenge? Or do they? Which comes first, Chicken or Egg?
Would you go out and Order an expensive Steinway Piano, never having played a note? Would you go to your local swimming pool and jump in deep end if you had never been in water before?
Would you ring up your local light Aircraft Company and order a Cessna for next day delivery and ask them to have it tanked up and ready to go?
How about booking a two week scuba Diving holiday in Aegean when all your experience to date is a deck chair on beach at Torremolinos? All of above scenarios are about as inconceivable as you can possibly imagine; yet thousands of Irish learner Drivers are doing equivalent every day of week. Why so? Well it is a combination of previously lax laws and now that we do actually have some legislation heading us in roughly right direction, inability of Garda to enforce them .Yes we have had a good deal of changes to our system of Driving Tests and Licensing recently but Mandatory tuition has yet to be enacted. When it is introduced, hopefully we will be on slow uphill climb to some degree of motoring competence instead of current Motoring mayhem which we currently enjoy.
Letís now have a look at type of Instructor you should be looking for.
1.Look through Golden Pages and try to make a short list of those Driving Schools with a Web Site. You could of course, do a quick search on Google using various search terms. A School with a web site is one who takes their profession seriously and who will provide quite a lot of free, but invaluable information .Do not regard a web site as purely a smart way of attracting more pupils. Look at it as a way of getting some valuable info, together with an inside peek at who Instructor might be, and how he or she does business.
2.Look for a school with qualified Instructors. Now in Ireland at present, but not for long, anyone can call themselves a qualified Instructor, never having so much as looked at an advanced Driving Course or taken any Examinations. We have The Driving Instructor Register here which has been examining Driving Tutors on a voluntary basis since 1996 .A good number of Driving Instructors have passed these exams and will be able to impart an advanced level of tuition.
3.Donít just ring up a Driving School and with your first sentence ask what prices are your lessons. You are perfectly entitled to query prices, which will be very much same from all established Schools. Schools that have not been established for long or who are desperate for business will be sometimes somewhat cheaper. Any one that is substantially less than bunch should be avoided since this is not a profession that is cheap to run and today you get what you pay for .Cheap lessons are exactly that!
4.Ask age of Instructor and how long they have been driving. European Driving School standards require that an Instructor must have been driving on a full licence for at least three if not four years. Frankly, anyone with less than ten years driving experience will not have necessary skills to be a worthwhile choice in my view .We are talking here about teaching pupils skills for life and not a half-hearted few lessons prior to Driving Test, which sadly seems to be a favourite choice of a good many Irish learner Drivers.