Tips and advice when choosing an instructor
are the lessons competitively priced with
can you choose lesson durations to suit your
needs (1 hour, 1.5 hours etc.)
will you be learning in a modern safe
vehicle with air bags and dual controls
is the instructor reliable and punctual
is the instructor fully qualified or a
trainee (Pink license)
are you enjoying your lessons
does the instructor have a professional
When you are choosing an instructor a
recommendation can help you to decide who to choose. There are
also many good websites for you to browse.
Driving test pass rates for instructors are not
published by the Driving Standards Agency (DVSA), so any pass
rates published may be misleading.
TOP TIP - It's important that you get on well
with whoever is teaching you to drive. It is always wise
therefore to book just 1 lesson with an instructor before
committing to block bookings.
Instructor Grading (Up to March 2014)
DVSA regularly checks the standard of
instruction of all Approved Driving Instructors (ADI's).
Grade 1 - Overall standard of instruction
extremely poor or dangerous with incorrect or even dangerous
Grade 2 - A poor overall performance with
numerous deficiencies in instructional technique.
Grade 3 - An inadequate overall
performance with some deficiencies in instructional
Grade 4 - A competent overall performance
with some minor deficiencies in instructional technique.
Grade 5 - A good overall standard of
instruction with some minor weakness in instructional
Grade 6 - Overall performance to a very
high standard with no significant instructional weakness.
Most UK driving instructors are grade 4 and
about 6% achieve
Instructors will retain this grading
structure until their next Standards Check.
Instructor Grading (April 2014 onwards)
A grade - an overall high standard of
B grade - a sufficient level of