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Choosing The Right Driving School

Driving has become an essential requirement in today’s hectic world. Whether it is for business or personal use, knowing how to drive and having a license is important. This often
17 Jan 2015 09:32
Choosing The Right Driving School

Driving has become an essential requirement in today’s hectic world. Whether it is for business or personal use, knowing how to drive and having a license is important. This often involves seeking the services of a driving school.

Today, hiring the services of driving schools is quite easy as there are many driving schools offering services at competitive rates.

Fees for driving lessons depend on the needs of the learner and the duration of lessons. Fees can range from $400 to $700 for training the learners till they secure a driving license or on an hourly rate of $30 to $40 per hour.

Driving schools are expected to teach learners to drive safely and responsibly. Teaching the skills needed to pass the driving test, should not be the only objective of driving schools. The principal goal is to produce “safer” drivers. The quality of the driving school is critical in reducing reckless driving and accidents on our roads.

Unfortunately, there are some driving schools that charge high fees that do not match the knowledge, skills and techniques of driving a learner needs to know. These schools are more focused on making money within a short span of time instead of ensuring that they produce safe and responsible drivers. The council has been receiving complaints against some driving schools.

 The common complaints include:

– Late arrival of the instructor where clients have to wait long hours

– Borrowing the client’s mobile phone to make calls

– Rude or unwarranted behaviour of the instructors

– Playing loud music during driving lessons

– Simply rushing through the lessons.

Being caught up with a rude and unprofessional driving instructor can be a nightmare, especially for those sitting behind the wheels for the very first time.

When it comes to driving schools, the consumer has the right to select trustworthy and competent driving schools.

HERE ARE SOME TIPS:

Shop around for driving schools which are certified by the Land Transport Authority;

– Negotiate the driving fee based on what you already know

– Clarify the time; place for pick-up and number of days your lessons will be conducted

– Seek clarification on the hourly rate. That is whether the lessons will be for 60min or 45min

– Find out how the payment arrangement will be? (For example whether you will be paying deposit before lessons and remaining amount after getting your license which is the normal practice).

– Ensure driving schools are conducting 10 hours theory lessons in the classroom and not in the vehicles

– Do not wait until problems get bigger. If you are not satisfied with the services, promptly inform the school or instructor.

It is the consumers’ responsibility to report bad driving school to LTA or the Consumer Council if the driving school is operating without a Driving Instructor Permit or qualified instructors or acting unprofessionally when delivering services.

A bad driving school will do more harm than good and allowing such schools to operate is a safety risk.

 



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