How to Pick a Driving Instructor

The best way to pick a driving instructor is to get references from friends and family.

The suggested average first time passer gets 47 hours professional training plus at least 20 hours of private practice. If you are paying someone to teach you to drive, they must be registered with the Road Safety Authority’s (RSA’s) Registers of Approved Driving Instructor. Only Approved Driving Instructors (ADI) can charge money for teaching you to drive. Ask to see their licence which they should carry at all times. ADI’s licence may be displayed on the windscreen of their car.

Check if they are ADI Registered:

To check if your chosen ADI is registered, by following the link below.

www.rsa.ie/RSA/Learner-Drivers/Finding-an-instructor/Find-an-instructor/.

Everyone has an opinion on what makes a good driving instructor – someone who doesn’t keep you too long and gets you through your test in as short a period as possible or someone you feel is holding you back from doing your test for their own benefit.

The truth is that driving instructor know that new drivers like to tell their friends and parents how they are getting on when learning drive, so an instructor will only want to put you forward for the test when you are ready.

So when selecting your driving instructor the best place to start is asking any friends or family members do they know of any good instructors.

When you contact the instructor you can ask various questions such as:

  1. 1. How long have you been a driving instructor?
  2. 2. What is your first time pass rate?
  3. 3. Can you give any worksheets for recording private practice?
  4. 4. Do you offer discounts for block booking?
  5. 5. Do you provide post-test training? i.e. night driving or motorway driving
  6. 6. Do you provide help with the theory test?

Click here for tips on passing your practical test.