Local Driving Lessons
Should I take local driving lessons?
If you’re learning to drive, making sure that you’re taking your lessons locally, on the roads that you’re going to be regularly driving on once you pass is a no brainer, right?
Well, that’s certainly true almost all of the time.
But in certain cases, there are real, legitimate reasons why you should think about taking driving lessons a little further from home. These reasons might be slightly more niche and esoteric, and a tiny bit more difficult than lessons closer to home, but it might also make your driving experience that much better and let you pass so much quicker. Interested? Thought so. Here’s what you need to know:
You live out in the country
At first glance, this might not seem that important to you. After all, a road is a road, right? Learn to drive on one, and you can drive on them all?
First, you’ve got to consider visibility and readability. When you’re driving in a city, there is so much more to pay attention to. There’s going to be road signals, traffic signals, cars all around you.
That’s a skill all by itself. If you’ve learned to drive in a city, and the constant need to pay attention has been hammered into you almost by necessity, then taking a drive out into the county can almost be relaxing, what with only two directions cars can come at you, and all.
Then you’re far more likely to come upon strange driving situations like multiple lanes, directional traffic, contraflow, roundabouts, roadworks. The list is endless, and each one takes its own nuance and skills to manoeuvre through.
Lastly, and in all likelihood, your test centre will be in a town or city. So if you’ve spent a lot of time around country roads, travelling into an urban area to get ready for your test is a necessity, not a choice.
Your choice of driving instructor is limited
We’ve mentioned this before, but who you learn to drive with is massively important.
Your choice of instructor can affect so many things. First, you want to find someone you can get on with. Enjoying your lessons and not dreading them is going to make a huge difference in how you feel when you get in that car.
Second, we’ve all got different styles of learning, so finding an instructor you can mesh with will accelerate your learning by a huge amount.
Lastly, and unfortunately, as much as we’d not want to admit it, some people just aren’t very good at their job.
If you’re unlucky enough to end up with one of the few instructors who aren’t very good, it’s going to negatively impact your chances of passing your test. Not to mention waste your time and money.
You’re taking a driving crash course
The last reason to take lessons away from home is if you’re taking a driving crash course, or intensive driving course. We acknowledge that they’re not for everyone.
But for people suited to a short term, high-intensity course, driving crash courses can do wonders.
Of course, you’re limited to where you can take a crash course, so it could require some travelling.
If you’ve got the option to take driving lessons close to home, you probably should, but for the people who don’t have that luxury, don’t worry. As long as you get a good instructor and spend your time in your lessons wisely, you’ve got just as much chance of passing as anyone else.
Good luck on the roads!