Your having a laugh ain't ya?
Over the years people have commented about driving lesson prices in general. After you have passed your test some things make more sense, and all the more eye opening.
When you are learning to drive it never occurs to you about how much fuel to make the car go where you want to. Mum and or dad just get in and drive you to which ever place you or all of you want to go. Sometimes the driver may stop at a garage for fuel but you do not notice how often, or how much comes out of the bank account to pay for it. This becomes apparent to you when you have your own car or motor bike. And what a shock too!
Then, there is motor insurance those of you who have a car after passing your test always nearly faint when you start getting quotes from insurance companies.
It also never occurs to the learner driver about maintenance of a vehicle as Merlin the wizard (Only one of many witches & wizards who work their magic) covers the costs, tyres, window wiper blades, repairs of engine or body parts (and NO, Â I do not mean arms or legs but sometimes the cost seem as though that is the case!)
And guess what! I almost forgot to include road tax every year, and the M.O.T. Everyone I have ever known are always on tender hooks the day that their car goes in for its M.O.T. It is almost like waiting for an exam result. Will it pass, or will I have a bill to pay, will that bill be big or small? What will happen to my bank balance, can I afford it? The relief when the news is good, that this year everything passed!
Phew, what a relief. I am legal to drive her (or him (your car, bike) again.
Another huge expense come in the guise of buying or leasing the vehicle in the beginning and what an expense that will be. We never get any younger neither does a car depreciation has again to be factored into the lesson cost, and like me an instructor's car wears out quicker.
And the list seems never to end.
All these factors have to be afforded by your driving instructor!
Let me point out the tyres do have to be replaced more often, the insurance is a specialized insurance for the car and its passengers. The car is bought from new, or is leased this is a high expense and a more regular expense. Your driving instructor training has to be paid for, with a special check test every 2-4years, franchise x 12 monthly payments, tax, national insurance, a lot more fuel is constantly needed. Any cancelation of any appointments with pupils has to be factored in as the mortgage still has to be paid (unfortunately!!!).
Many people do not think about fuel and time etc going from appointment to appointment. The car is an instructor's workplace, none of us think about this, we all assume that running a car and business is a unseen thing.
When you go on a night out with your mates stop and think how much your taxi ride cost is coming home, you maybe only in the car for 30minutes but that 30minutes can cost as little as £20.00 or as much as £40.00. times this by 2 = £40.00-£80.00 (per hour). We just except this price and we haven't had the use of a fully qualified teacher, teaching you skills that will last you your whole life.
Maybe the going rate for a tutor to help you study for school work will cost you Â£35.00 or more per hour add this to the taxi drive costing £40.00- £80.00 = this amounts to £75.00- £105.00.
Driving lessons then seen relatively none expensive, don't they?
Take care and look out for me again
I was speaking to a delivery driver today and after chatting for a few minutes he noticed our spare driving school car. He said he had always wanted to become a driving instructor, however he had never acted upon this dream and said it would never happen now as he was to old.
It suddenly struck me how many of us let time go by and not fulfill dreams and wishes. I explained to my new driver friend that you are never to old to retrain and grasp those dreams and make them a reality. I expressed my dismay when I suddenly realized that he was younger than me, does that make me old? No! I am young at heart and I don’t think that a young 50 year old is old and would be past making things happen, let alone my new 40 year old driver friend.
To become a driving instructor is a wish many people do not act upon as they do not know how to go about things, or where to go for a friendly chat about the industry.
Years a go when I learnt to drive, a driving instructor was an ordinary retired man who wanted to earn a bit more money. Qualifications never came into it as far as I am aware.
Now driving instructors are a professional body and have to go through 3 exams to enable to become a fully licenced driving instructor. These exams are run by the DVSA. When you are qualified you are retested every 2-4years to make sure you are still on the ball so to speak and teach a lesson competently and in the manner the Government wants to see. Quite right too!
Gone are the days when an instructor taught the lady down the road just for a little bit of pin money.
These days you have to think of a driving instructor as a college teacher teaching you a skill for the rest of your life and the independence it gives is immeasurable. Think of the driving school instructor as being as qualified as a teacher with a portable classroom (the driving school car).
You can build a career out of it, progressing into many different fields.
Being a driving instructor is a fulfilling, satisfying and challenging profession. You can work however many hours you would like in a working week, juggle family life and commitments however you want, and when you get that bonus feeling when your pupil has passed their driving test knowing you have been the one to help them to achieve that independence in their life. It makes your heart sing.
Don’t let your dreams and wishes pass you buy, act upon them even if it is just finding out information, you’ve made a start. Whatever those dreams or wishes are.
BubbLe driving school can talk you through the process of becoming a driving instructor, several of our team with in BubbLe do train people to become driving Instructors. We all support one another at BubbLe and pride ourselves to always try to do a good job, for everyone.
Ta Ta for now
INTENSIVE LESSONS NOW AVAILABLE!!!
We also have intensive courses with our instructor Chris B. Chris is a wonderful teacher and has now progressed into intensive tuition. Chris has assessment lesson available from the week of 11th September 2017 with intensive courses looking to start from 25th September 2017 on wards.
So what are you waiting for??? Why not call BubbLE driving School today and book in whilst these appointments are still available.
We are often asked how long will I take to learn to drive? This can never be guarenteed by any driving school as every one takes a different time to learn.Some people can take a while to learn steering, others can take a while to learn roundabouts. Manovers, the ring road can alsdo take time to get to grips with. There are some that driving comes naturally and are born to drive and people can struggle all through the learning curve but make extremly safe and confidant drivers. No two people are the same.
I can advise you on currant goverment guidelines which are for a 17yr recommends 45hours with a driving school and additionally at least 25hrs of practice with someone sat at the side of you when in the later stages of learning to drive. * remember to inform the appropreiate car insurer, other wise you may not be covered on insurance.
Some 17year olds will take longer others take less. Of course i need to point out that unfortunatly as you get older the length of time of learning to drive can take longer as again this is pointed out in goverment statstics.
It is a real commitment of finances and time on learning to drive, certainly not cheap! However look at it this way, it is a life skill that will last for your intire life. Compair it to extra tution for a levels GCSE's etc.
Many people could save a great deal of money with driving lessons if only you treat it the same as exams, you have to put in the time. I do not necessarily mean more driving lessons, but study whilst you are in the car as a passenger with perhaps mum or dad whilst they are driving.etc. Look at their observations on the road, watch their driving coming to road juntions what they do when approaching roadabouts traffic lights. Ask questions!
Start studying the Highway code before you start driving lessons. I know it is a boring book!! Sorry, but it needs to be done even just 10minutes a day will help. This book can give you a greater understanding of the roads signs and rules this will help you combined with your lessons to enable you to learn to drive quicker therefore saving money.
Another pointer to saving you money is to study ( Yes I did say that uncool boring word Study) for your theory and hazard perception test.
You can take your theory and hazard perception on your 17th birthday if you wish. many, many people put off this part of the driving test, therefore when they have had lessons and can be near to taking a practical test they cannot book it as they have not passed the theory and hazzard perception test and got the relevant pass code number to apply for the practical test. Money is then being used for driving lessons to keep the pupil up to speed for the practical test just because they have put off of studying sooner.
Have any of you thought about asking for birthday presents/ christmas present in driving lesson vouchers?
If you started with just a couple of weeks with perhaps 2 or 3 2hr lessons a week your beginning of understanding driving skills will be speeded up, as there will not be 6days in between learning the basics to forget.This can give an overall saving of money too.
Finally remember to have a driving instructor you feel comfortable with enjoy your driving lessons and cannot wait to get into the car for your next driving lesson. If these boxes are all ticked you will take on board more instruction per lesson therefore helping you to save money on driving lessons. If you do not enjoy the lessons then maybe speak to the relevent driving school head office and ask for a different instructor. ( However be aware there will be some weeks in your driving experiance you might get frustrated or go backwards this is quite common, but if week on week you dread having a lesson then you might need to change instructors)
Bye for now speak to you soon
Mrs BubbLe @ BubbLe driving School
If you require automatic driving lessons, we now have spaces available with our automatic driving instructor team . To avoid disapointment please contact us to book an appointment. Our automatic team has been busy all summer and we have had to turn away pupils. We have had test passes and therefore able to take on new pupils. Look forward to speaking to you.