FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Lawrence School of Motoring
your passport to safe driving
HOW MANY LESSONS WILL I NEED?
The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) states that it takes an average of 45 hours of professional tuition with about 22 hours of private practice to achieve test standard. Of course there are numerous factors to take into consideration, like your age, how quickly you learn and above all else, the quality of tuition you receive. If you have an instructor who just stares out of the window discussing his holidays, you will need considerably more lessons than with a conscientious teacher committed to your best interests. Not all instructors are the same.
MANUAL OR AUTOMATIC?
I only teach manual, sorry. But by learning manual, you will always have the option to drive both, so it’s generally the best choice.
WHAT CAR DO YOU USE?
It’s so important to learn in a reliable car. To have your lessons cancelled because of breakdowns is both frustrating and disruptive to your learning. For this reason I only use new cars. In fact, I have just bought a new Skoda Fabia, in my opinion, the perfect vehicle to learn in.
DO YOU PIGGY-BACK?
The term ‘piggy-backing’ refers to a practice used by many instructors, whereby your lesson begins by driving the previous pupil home and finishes at the following pupil's house where they in turn will drive you home. The reason for doing so is that the instructor avoids unpaid time between lessons. It’s a practice I deplore because it puts the instructor’s needs before the pupil and that’s not what you’re paying for. There will never be another pupil in the car during your lesson.
ARE YOU FULLY QUALIFIED?
This is a much better question than you may realize. There are many instructors operating illegally, they just advertise cheap lessons with no formal training. Also, many schools use trainee instructors, who can legally teach to gain experience: it’s unlikely that you will be told that your instructor is unqualified when booking a lesson and you will still be charged the full fee. I’m a fully qualified Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) and have achieved the highest possible grade for many years.
WILL YOU SHOUT AT ME?
A common complaint is that their previous instructor shouted at them. Of course you’re going to make mistakes – that’s why you’re learning – if you didn’t make mistakes you wouldn’t need lessons! Instructors who shout are merely compensating for a weakness in their teaching. You pay for your lessons and deserve to be treated with respect.