Learning with Me
Learning to drive is an important decision. Finding the right instructor is vital. Your lesson time needs to have structure so that effective learning takes place but it also needs to be an enjoyable and fun time.
It’s not a 5 minute process and the relationship you develop over the weeks and months with an instructor can be of valuable contribution to your learning and confidence.
Some people are bursting with confidence whilst others may require reassurance and help in building a little self belief. That’s OK – I can help you with techniques to deal with nerves and confidence.
I will do all I can to ensure your learner driving is a good, positive, confidence building experience.
My job is to help you succeed.
Hop into an automatic car and the first thing you’ll notice is that it’s a lot easier to drive. Without the need to press the clutch or find the right gear, stalling becomes a thing of the past. Driving in slow-moving or stop-start traffic is made easier with an automatic. There’s also a much smoother transition between gears, resulting in a more pleasant, judder-free ride. Because there’s less chance of accidentally grinding the gears, the transmission itself is less likely to fail.
An automatic car makes it easier to focus more on speed and road position– and you can keep both hands on the wheel as you won’t have to change gear. You’re also not going to stall in an automatic – which saves you the embarrassment of making a hash of hill starts or stalling just as the traffic lights change. Stalling an automatic transmission will only occur if there’s a mechanical issue.
The age of changing gears manually could be coming to an end as drivers opt for electric cars and hybrids with automatic gearboxes MANUAL cars could disappear from UK roads within 10 years as motorists ditch the gearstick for automatics. The necessity of clutch control could be lost thanks to the rise in popularity of hybrid and electric models that only come with auto gearboxes. And British buyers are already moving towards automatics for improved fuel economy, according to the latest industry data.
Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reveal demand for autos is outstripping the rest of the market by three times. And last year, more than 600,000 automatics were registered, up 50 per cent from 2013.
Mike Best, from leasing site ContractHireandLeasing.com, said if current trends continue manuals could be extinct in the next decade. “They enable smooth, efficient driving at low revs, therefore burning far less fuel and reducing emissions.
“Manuals often create bad driving habits such as over-revving, riding the clutch and using the wrong gear. These are things that cause wear-and-tear, as well as increase fuel consumption and emissions.”
Cheap or Value For Money?
In the current economic climate it’s very tempting to go with the absolute cheapest option. However remember there’s a difference between cheap and “value for money”. There’s a lot of very good professional driving instructors out there but there are also ones who show little real commitment to their students and even less in terms of good quality teaching skills and knowledge. The process may take you twice as long!
- 1 Hour Lesson – £40
- 90 Minute Lesson – £57
- Motorway Lessons – £72 for hour and half, £90 for 2 hours
Block bookings 10 hours and over will incur a £1 reduction per lesson (based on the hourly rate of £40) i.e 10 hours at £40 = £400 less £10 = £390
How many – how long?
There is no set number of lessons you must have before sitting your practical test.
Your learning and progress will be increased if you can have 1 and a half hour lessons. It can reduce the overall amount of lessons you require since you’ll have more time to absorb the instruction and put it into practice and spend less time on recapping the last lesson.
Intense courses are also available.
Lessons are also available to full license holders who may wish to improve their driving skills or regain their confidence due to illness or not having driven for an extended period. Also motorway and parking lessons may be booked.