Learning to drive can be a scary experience for some people. While some are excited and want to get on the road as quickly as possible, for others it can be more of an ordeal, and anything which makes this easier should be considered. One of the easiest ways to make learning to drive a little less stressful is to drive on the roads you know, and the best way to do this is to find a local driving instructor.
If, for example, you live in Guildford or Epsom, you should be looking for a nearby Surrey driving school. While you may find one an hour away which claims to have 100% success rates, it will be inconvenient to get to your lessons, and you may find yourself driving on unfamiliar roads. If you already know an area, it can increase your confidence as you learn the ropes, as you will at least know where you are going and roughly how the traffic systems work.
It is likely that you will want to take your driving test locally. Therefore, learning on familiar roads can put you in a much better frame of mind on the day of the test as you will feel as though you have driven the routes and performed the manoeuvres in the same places a million times before, which is reassuring. This is far better than having to take your test in an area far away, as you may not be used to the road system and will be more likely to make confusion-related mistakes.
When you start driving after passing your test, it is likely you will start off by driving around your town. Therefore, learning to drive here means that you can put the same information you learnt in your lessons into practice in the same place, so you will be able to consolidate your knowledge and feel relatively safe. This is important, as new drivers need to maintain their confidence behind the wheel if they are to go further afield.
There are also practical reasons it may be better to opt for a local driving instructor. If you are going to the centre to meet your instructor, you won’t need to pay for public transport to get there, or if your instructor is coming to meet you at your house, they will have less distance to travel so are less likely to be late, which can easily erode your driving time. There are many benefits to opting for a local instructor, so the location of your driving school should be a serious point to consider when choosing where to learn to drive.
Maria Gonzalez passed her test earlier this year and offers her advice to other first time learner drivers who might be nervous about the experience