Being a long term and committed driving school on the Gold Coast we have seen numerous driving schools (one man bands) come and go through the years.  In the long run these students who are often looking for the cheapest deal at the time end up finishing their lessons and driving test with Streetwise.  Here are the following 7 reasons students and their parents tell us that they have not been happy with the previous driving school offering ‘cheap’ driving lessons:

  1.  One ‘man’ or ‘woman’ band driving schools answer their phones during their driving lessons in order to set up bookings.  As they don’t have an office to dedicate to bookings and customer service they compromise driving lessons in order to fill their diary.  This is unprofessional, against the code of conduct for Driver Trainers and eats into your precious lesson time and it is especially unprofessional as they are not focusing on teaching you!!  What does it say about the driving instructor/driving school standards if they are occupied on their phone whilst teaching you to drive…..!
  2. Cheap driving lessons mean the driving instructor wants to save fuel and running costs of their vehicle and will often keep you only in your local area, which means you are not obtaining the variety of teaching required on the various road situations.  They tend not to teach life skills such as parking, therefore not really teaching the Learner what they will need beyond their driving test.
  3. Often cheap driving lessons mean a new driving instructor in the area or industry which means they may not have the local knowledge, test route knowledge or general teaching experience to maximize the content of your driving lesson, so it takes you twice as many lessons to learn what is necessary to achieve your learn to drive goals!
  4. As a driving school business offering $50 driving lessons, it is not sustainable and most one man/woman band schools close down within a short time, leaving their students in the lurch with pre-paid packages, driving tests, whereby you need to go and find a new driving instructor and develop the relationship all over again anyway.  We receive a few calls a week from students who’s last driving instructor closed down the week before their driving test – this becomes a very stressful process for you at the most important time of your learning process!
  5. Cheap lessons tend to mean cheap driving tests, this suits many driving instructors as they don’t care if you fail, as you will need to pay again to sit the practical driving test “again”.  Cheap driving tests often mean that the driving school will offer only a 30-40 minute lesson prior to your driving test, rather than the full hour, to cut their time and costs down. 
  6. Some of these driver trainers will offer cheap driving lessons if you do the lesson in your own vehicle, which compromises safety and your insurance should something go wrong, again another way that some instructors try to save on the running costs of their own vehicle whilst exposing you in yours!
  7. The long term cost of correcting all the bad habits that you have been taught through a single man/woman operation that does not have the time to ensure they are up to date with best practice teaching methods, road rule changes and driving test criteria. For example a driving school teaching you to skip gears in a manual to later find out through a professional school this is incorrect, takes more lessons (time/money) to correct such driving habits. Most importantly this undermines the confidence of the Learner in having to re-educate them after they have been taught incorrectly.

If you have experienced any of the above it would be worth questioning your driving instructor and ensuring that you are really getting what you pay for.