Ten Tips On Choosing Your Irish Driving Instructor

Ten Tips On Choosing Your Irish Driving Instructor



First of​ all let’s examine why you​ would need a​ Driving Instructor in​ order to​ learn how to​ drive. Sure everyone needs a​ teacher, advisor or​ instructor, don’t they, when facing up to​ a​ new challenge? or​ do they? Which comes first, the Chicken or​ the 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​ the deep end if​ you​ had never been in​ the 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​ the Aegean when all your​ experience to​ date is​ a​ deck chair on​ the beach at​ Torremolinos?


All of​ the above scenarios are about as​ inconceivable as​ you​ can possibly imagine; yet thousands of​ Irish learner Drivers are doing the equivalent every day of​ the week. Why so? Well it​ is​ a​ combination​ of​ the previously lax laws and​ now that we do actually have some legislation​ heading us in​ roughly the right direction, the inability of​ the 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​ the slow uphill climb to​ some degree of​ motoring competence instead of​ the current Motoring mayhem which we currently enjoy.


Let’s now have a​ look at​ the type of​ Instructor you​ should be looking for.


1. Look through the 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 the 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. Don’t 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 the 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 the 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 the age of​ the 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 the 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​ the Driving Test, which sadly seems to​ be a​ favourite choice of​ a​ good many Irish learner Drivers.


5. Ask what make and​ model the Driving School car is. There are many models in​ use by Driving Schools and​ of​ course all Instructors tend to​ have their own particular favourites. Diesel models are extremely economical for​ the Instructor who lives in​ the country and​ who does a​ lot of​ mileage. Diesel models are on​ the increase due to​ their improved performance over past years and​ their economy. They also hold their value well and​ while a​ little more expensive to​ maintain​ they go on​ for​ ever if​ looked after.


6. Ask the Instructor whether or​ not country road and​ high speed carriageway Driving are include in​ the Teaching Syllabus. These form a​ large part of​ your​ every day driving in​ Ireland​ and​ are very important skills to​ have right from the start. Ask yourself the question...are you​ going to​ be spending the bulk of​ your​ driving career, driving around your​ local area or​ into town and​ back; or​ are you​ going to​ be visiting the Coast, going on​ Holiday to​ the far reaches of​ the country or​ even Dublin. of​ course you​ are; after all isn’t this​ why you​ are buying a​ car in​ the first place? if​ you​ are only concerned with transporting yourself within​ your​ local area it’s much cheaper, believe me, to​ hire a​ Taxi!


7. Ask your​ proposed Instructor does she or​ he give Motorway Tuition. While we don’t have the same level of​ Motorways here in​ Ireland, as​ in​ the U.K or​ Europe, we do have stretches between major cities and​ particularly in​ the Dublin​ area and​ of​ course over the coming years there will be many more miles of​ Motorway I am sure. These marvels of​ Engineering require a​ higher degree of​ skill and​ lots of​ practise in​ your​ car before one can safely negotiate Dublin​ or​ abroad. this​ is​ why Learner Drivers are not permitted on​ Motorways. We are lucky here in​ Limerick, in​ that we have a​ new ring road carriageway, spanning about 20 miles which is​ identical in​ layout and​ signage to​ a​ Motorway apart from the speed limit and​ the colour of​ said signs. Perfect for​ legal high speed Motorway style practise within​ five minutes or​ so drive from most parts of​ the City.


8. Most Driving Schools will usually book lessons at​ least a​ week ahead, so don’t expect to​ ring up and​ get a​ lesson​ that day or​ even the next. Occasionally if​ you​ are lucky, and​ the School has a​ vacant slot they will take you​ but it’s the exception​ rather than the rule. if​ the School can’t take you​ for​ a​ week be patient it​ will be well worth the wait.


9. A good Driving Instructor will ask you​ for​ a​ fair bit of​ information​ on​ the phone in​ order to​ gauge your​ level of​ skill. He or​ she will ask questions that may not seem relevant, when all you, as​ a​ pupil want to​ do is​ to​ get behind the wheel. Believe me they will be; they will all be designed to​ build up your​ driver profile and​ should not be construed as​ being nosy!


10. A Professional Instructor will take with a​ pinch of​ salt your​ efforts at​ explaining just how well you​ can drive and​ how you​ only need a​ bit of​ practise here and​ there at​ reversing or​ hill starts. Don’t be defensive, you​ are about to​ learn one of​ the most important life building and​ life saving skills. a​ good Instructor will not venture out in​ your​ own car, if​ you​ already have one, until he or​ she has seen your​ capabilities or​ you​ have described in​ great detail your​ experience. eg. one years driving and​ getting ready to​ sit the Driving Test.



this​ is​ the first in​ a​ series of​ “Ten Tips” to​ better and​ safer Driving.
About the Author: - Robin​ Piggott has spent a​ lifetime behind the wheel and​ is​ passionate about his Profession​ (and​ many other pursuits as​ well).The next generation​ of​ Drivers needs to​ develop a​ passion​ for​ excellence if​ they are to​ stay safe and​ arrive alive! Visit the Astral School of​ Motoring Web site at: -

http://www.astralmotoring.ie




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