Welcome to Book Learn Pass. We’ve built this website to help those looking for driving lessons, as we know how difficult it can be, to find a good driving school near where you live.
Not only do you have to find a driving instructor with a good reputation, but you also need to make sure you book driving lessons that fit your budget, goals and learning style. The process of finding the best driving school in your local area can take days, weeks or even months to complete.
We’ve created this comprehensive guide, to make it easier and quicker, to find a driving instructor to learn to drive with. This guide will teach you everything you need to know, from what to look for in a driving school, to how to book driving lessons online and everything in between.
In this guide, you’ll learn how to do the following;
Search for driving schools near you
Compare driving schools and instructors
Tell a good driving instructor from a bad one
Find and interpret driving instructor reviews
Book driving lessons online
Make a complaint about a driving instructor
Once you have made the decision to learn to drive, one of the first questions you’ll ask yourself is, how can I find a driving instructor near me? It might seem a little daunting at first, but there are a number of ways you can do so.
Seek recommendations from family members and friends
The first thing to do when you looking for a driving instructor, is to ask among your family and friends. If you have a family member or friend, who is learning to drive, or you know someone who has recently passed their driving test, ask them to recommend their driving instructor to you. A recommendation from someone you trust is the best way to find a local driving school.
If you do know someone you can get a recommendation from, it is important to ask the right questions. Try to find out as much information about the driving instructor as you can, before you book driving lessons with them.
Ask questions about the instructor’s personality, as it’s important to pick someone you’ll genuinely get on with. Find out about their teaching style, as people learn best in different ways. Enquire as to how professional they are, as an unprofessional driving instructor can cost you time and money. If the instructor works for one of the large national driving schools, find out what additional support is on offer as well.
Internet search engines
If you are unable to find a recommended driving instructor through family members and friends, the next best place to turn to is the internet. Try searching on Google for driving lessons in [your local area]. Swap out the text [your local area] for your actual town, city or postcode.
You can also try the above, replacing driving lessons with “driving school” or “driving instructor”. Use different combinations of these search terms, to create a list of driving schools in your local area.
Social media can be a great way to find a local driving school. You can join the Driving instructors near me Facebook group and read reviews and recommendations of instructors across the country. As well as reading instructor reviews, you can also make it known that you are looking for a driving instructor, by posting in the group as well.
If you decide to post in the group, make sure you include your location and any preferences or requirements you might have. For example, if you are looking for a female driving instructor available in the morning before 9am, state that in your message. Being as specific as possible will ensure you only receive relevant responses.
Many independent driving schools and instructors use Twitter to attract new customers. They use the platform to showcase students who have recently passed with them. They may also use the service to promote testimonials and reviews from current and ex-students. Within these promotional tweets, instructors will often include specific phrases and hashtags, that you can search to find their posts.
Searching Twitter for these phrases and hashtags can help you find a nearby driving instructor. Via the Tweetdeck desktop app, you can set up lists to track phrases, hashtags and users. You can then adjust the proximity setting of each list, to only show tweets from a specific location.
Once logged in to Tweetdeck, set up lists for phrases such as “driving lessons”, “driving instructor”, “driving test” and “driving school”. Once complete, change the proximity setting for each list to your local area. Tweetdeck will now display tweets from any nearby driving instructors who have used those terms in a recent post. You can then reach out to any companies or individuals on your list, that you’d like to book driving lessons with.
Youtube can also help with your search for a driving instructor. Many independent driving schools post driving tutorial videos online. Not only are these videos helpful, but they also give you an insight into the instructors teaching style and personality.
You can find a driving instructor that covers your local area, by searching YouTube, for driving test routes, of nearby test centres. Any instructors that upload videos covering those routes, will most likely work for, or own, a driving school in the surrounding area.
Most driving instructors will either leave their contact details or the details of the driving school they work for or run, in the videos’ description. You can use these details to get in touch with any individuals or companies you like the look off.
You can find recommendations for good driving schools and instructors in online forums. Students often give their feedback on driving instructors in the local area on forums such as The Student Room. You can also read the experiences of parents on this topic, on forums such as Mumsnet.
Forums are a great place to find out information about what to expect from a driving instructor, as well as get advice from learner drivers going through the same process as you.
Classified ads boards
If you’d prefer to learn to drive with an independent driving school, classified ad boards could be a good place to search. Many independent self-employed driving instructors, advertise on classified ad boards such as Gumtree and Freeads.
You can often find a cheap driving instructor by searching through classified ads, however, you must be careful about who you get in contact with. Most classified ad boards do not display reviews of the service provider. As a result, it can be difficult to gauge the instructor’s personality and teaching ability, solely from an online ad.
It is important to research the reputation of any driving instructors you find on classified ad boards. Search their name in Google, Facebook and ask among your social and professional network. If possible, try to find someone you know who has worked with them in the past. If you are able to do so, ask for their honest and unbiased opinion of the instructor or driving school.
Believe it or not, but before the rise of the internet, driving instructors advertised their services by placing leaflets on notice boards and posting them through letterboxes. Although this is no longer the norm, some driving schools do still use leaflets to drum up business. If you live close to a town hall or community centre, check the notice board in the building for any promotional material from a local driving school.
This section of the guide will teach how to compare and choose the best company, or individual, to learn to drive with. Within this section of the guide, you’ll find information on;
Once you have a list of driving schools and instructors in your local area, the next step is to compare each of the companies and individuals on your list. Part of what makes it so difficult to find the best driving school in any location is the sheer number of schools and instructors you have to choose from. More often than not, especially in a busy town or city, there could be several driving instructors and schools covering any given postcode. The large number of potential options can make finding the best driving school near you, a difficult task.
What to look for in a driving school
To choose the best company in your local area, you need to know what to look for in a driving school. Here are a few things you should consider when reviewing the companies on your shortlist.
Contact details and ownership information
The best driving schools tend to be open and transparent about the owner of the company and how you can get in touch if the need should arise. When reviewing a driving school’s website or Facebook profile, look for contact information, customer service opening times and an office address, if they have a physical location. Good driving schools tend to have clear and easy to find contact details on their website or social profiles. The best companies will also allow you to get in touch with them in a variety of ways. These might include email, social media and website call back services.
If you do manage to find the name and contact details of who owns the company, a quick Google search could reveal some importnat information about the individual(s). You can check the reputation of the owner, by searching their name and the name of their company together. Scan the results and look the for reviews, forum posts, or articles about the individual or company. A quick search of this nature could give you an insight into how they run their business and treat their students.
How to compare driving school prices
If the cost of your driving lessons is a factor in your decision, it’s important to compare driving school prices to ensure you get the best deal. Driving schools will offer attractive introductory deals to get new customers on board, then charge a higher price for the next set of driving lessons you buy. .When comparing the prices of two or more driving schools, it is important to take this into account. To illustrate this point, we’ve created an example below.
Introductory Driving School Prices
|Company||Introductory Offer||Price Per Hour|
|Driving School A||First 10 Hours £180||£18p/h|
|Driving School B||First 10 Hours £190||£19p/h|
In the table above, Driving School A has an introductory offer where the first 10 hours cost £180, this works out at £18 per hour. Driving School B has an introductory offer where the first 10 hours cost £190, this works out at £19 per hour. On the face of it, Driving School A is the cheaper option, however, it is important to look beyond the introductory deal.
Once you’ve completed your introductory deal, you will no longer be able to book driving lessons at that price. Your next set of lessons will be changed at the driving school’s standard price and you will continue paying this rate, for as long as you remain with the company. This is why it is important to work out how the standard price will affect your budget as you continue your tuition.
Standard Driving School Prices
|Company||Standard Prices||Price Per Hour|
|Driving School A||10 Hours £240||£24p/h|
|Driving School B||10 Hours £220||£22p/h|
In the example above, Driving School A has a standard price of 10 hours for £240. This works out at £24 per hour. Driving School B has a standard price of 10 hours for £220. This works out at £22 per hour
The DVSA advise at least 40 hours of driving with a qualified driving instructor before taking your driving test. In all honesty, we feel this is a conservative estimate, but for the sake of this example, let’s use the figure to work out the total cost of learning to drive with each company.
Driving School A
Introductory offer – 10 hrs x £18 = £180
Standard price – 30 hrs x £24 = £720
Total cost of 40 hours tuition – £180 + £720 = £900
Driving School B
Introductory offer – 10 hrs x £19 = £190
Standard price – 30 hrs x £22 = £660
Total cost of 40 hours tuition – £180 + £720 = £850
As you can see, although Driving School A has a cheaper introductory offer, their standard price was higher than that of Driving School B, leading to a higher overall cost. If you were to learn to drive with Driving School B instead of A, you would save £50.at the end of 40 hours tuition.
How to Book a Driving Lesson Online
It’s really easy to book a driving lesson online with Book Learn Pass. We aim to have your driving lessons booked within minutes and the easiest way to do so, is to fill in the short contact form on this page. Once complete, a member of our friendly team will be in touch right away to confirm your start date. Our driving instructors are professional and flexible, meaning you will be able to learn at a time and day most convenient for you.
You can also book your driving lessons by calling 07597471607, which is our direct booking number. If you wish to make an enquiry via email, you can email email@example.com to book your driving lessons too. Our customer service team is on hand from 8am to 9pm, Monday to Sunday to assist you with your booking too.
Why Book a Driving Lesson Online With Book Learn Pass
When you book a driving lesson with Book Learn Pass, you can rest assured you are learning to drive with a qualified and professional driving instructor. You will be taught how to drive in a safe and controlled manner and we aim to develop you into a safe driver for life.
Another reason why you should book your driving lessons with Book Learn Pass, is our interactive website. We have an abundance of training materials to help you pass your driving theory test, a range of guides to help you practice your driving manoeuvres and advice from professional driving instructors on how to pass your driving test too.
Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve taught people how to drive for a number of years now and we understand that you may have a few questions you would like to ask before booking your driving lessons. There are a few standard questions we are regularly asked and we have included answers to them below.
Can I Reschedule My Driving Lessons?
You can reschedule or cancel your driving lessons up to 48 hours before the lessons’ scheduled start time, free of charge. If you wish to cancel or reschedule within 48 hours of your lessons’ start time, you will be charged the cost of the lesson. Short notice cancellations often leave our driving instructors out of pocket. The two day notice period allows us to find a replacement for the time slot.
Are There Any Discounts Available?
If you are booking driving lessons with Book Learn Pass for the first time, you can take advantage of our introductory discount offer. Depending of the area and driving instructor availability, the discount for learner drivers learning to drive with us for the first time, can be up to 10%.
Can I Book Driving Lessons As a Gift For Someone Else?
If you want to buy driving lessons as a gift for a friend or family member, we do have gift vouchers available. Once your purchase has been confirmed, we will email you a voucher which can be given to the intended recipient. The voucher is valid for up to 12 months.