Things to think about before you book your driving lessons

If you're looking to book driving lessons there are several things you should consider. Firstly, you must ensure that you choose an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) who is registered with the Driving Standards Agency (DSA).

Ask your friends, family or work colleagues for recommendations on driving instructors or driving schools. You will want an instructor with a good reputation and who has a car that is appropriate for you.

Find out from the driving instructor what the pass rate is for their pupils. Do they offer a door to door service? You should also enquire as to whether they have signed the voluntary Code of Practice.

You should decide if you want to learn to drive an automatic car or a manual. Both options have advantages, it is up to you to decide which will suit you best.

Be sure to ask the driving school if they have any special offers such as a discount for making a block booking or free lessons if you book more than ten. There are a plethora of driving schools out there so it's a good idea to shop around for the best deal.

Get yourself a copy of The Official Highway code from the DSA, you will need this to learn the rules of the road.

Another thing to think about is where and when you will be taking your lessons. If you are a nervous first time driver you may not feel confident enough to drive in rush hour in a busy town centre. You could ask if you can take lessons at a quieter time of day and in a more secluded spot to start off with in order to build your confidence.

Finding a driving instructor that you feel comfortable with will make learning to drive a more pleasant experience.