For most of us, learning to drive is part of life. It’s something we have to experience before we reach that driving test milestone. We need to have plenty of lessons, make mistakes and understand the importance of safe driving so we can hit the road safely, with safe driving habits for life.
Learning to drive isn’t just about getting to grips with parallel parking or navigating your way through a busy city center, it’s about driving safely, not causing an accident and recognising hazards on the roads – get in touch with a New York personal injury attorney if you’ve been involved in a road accident that shouldn’t have happened. So, it’s vital that you find the right driving instructor who not only teaches you good driving habits but also boosts your confidence and makes you feel like a competent driver.
So, how do you know if you’re driving instructor isn’t right for you? Read on to find out more.
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They shout at you
We all make mistakes and when you’re learning to drive, you’re going to make quite a few! But, it’s all part of the process. However, if your instructor shouts at you for making a mistake then you should ditch them straight away. This is something you simply don’t have to tolerate. No one enjoys being shouted at, and it’s not the best way to learn – not forgetting you’re paying to be there!
You should be looking forward to your driving lessons, not worrying about the prospect of being yelled at. A good driving instructor should never shout, they should instead adjust their lessons to your skills, abilities and confidence level, if they’re shouting and raising their voice then it’s them with the problem – not you!
Hours of lessons yet hardly any driving time
Does your instructor get you to drive along quiet roads and then pull over so to discuss driving theory? Or – even worse – their life? While general chit chat and theory discussion is an important part of the learning process and as a way to build rapport with your instructor, you’ll never learn how to drive effectively. You need to get practical and be hands-on in every lesson. Perhaps the instructor is worried about fuel consumption or they’re trying to get back the money they’ve lost if you’ve bulk booked lessons. Don’t be afraid to speak up and ask about the direction of your lessons!
They’re always on their phone
If your instructor is on their phone – either private messaging or making/receiving calls, then they’re breaking the law. They should be giving you their full attention. If something happens and they’re not in a position to intervene in time because they’re not focusing on the road ahead then you could get injured.
It’s not only a safety issue, but you’re also paying a lot of money to be taught how to drive and you deserve to get the most out of your lessons. If they’re too busy looking at their phone, then they’re being incredibly rude!
If you’re uncomfortable whilst on a driving lesson, or you simply don’t look forward to your learning sessions, consider switching to a different instructor.