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New Drivers

The best way to learn to drive is with a good professional driving instructor backed up with plenty of practice. Choosing the right instructor can be a bit of a lottery. There are hundreds of instructors in the phone directory so how do you make a wise choice?

Ask your family or friends for a recommendation; they may already know of a good instructor

  • Choose an instructor who has a good reputation and has a car that suits you
  • The cheapest driving school may not always be a wise investment!
  • Choose an instructor that adheres to the DSA syllabus for Learner Drivers. This is a sure way of ensuring that you will be trained thoroughly
  • Choose an instructor with a high Check Test grade. You don't want one lower than 4 with the highest being 6. Ask for proof of their grade!
  • Make sure you learn with a qualified Approved Driving Instructor, ADI.
  • Ask to see their certificate on your first lesson

Did you know?

By Law: A qualified ADI must display a green certificate in the tuition vehicle. Ask to see it and make sure it is in date and bears the instructor's photograph. A pink certificate means the instructor is a Trainee.

Once you are learning to drive and happy with your instructor, (don't be afraid to change if you're not), always listen to the advice given especially on the following:

  • What books to read
  • How to prepare for your theory test
  • When you would be safe to practice with family or friends and what to practice
  • When you will be ready for the driving test
  • Any additional training after passing your test such as motorway training or Pass Plus
  • Pre-driver training in schools

All of Staffordshire's High Schools are offered pre-driver training, which covers such subjects as:

  • Speed and accidents
  • Attitudes towards safer driving - how attitudes are formed
  • Recognition of the danger spots, hazards, and how to deal with them safely
  • Accident investigation - looking at the concept of responsibility and avoidability

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