Learning to Drive

   By: Local Links with John Ball Date: Tue 21st Feb 2012

The earliest you can learn to drive in the UK is 17, and potential drivers have been tested sever since 1934.

All learners, of course, need tuition. Although practice with a parent, relative, friend or guardian can be valuable, but it should always be combined with lessons from an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI). Here are our tips for finding the right driving instructor:

1. Check your Instructor’s Credentials.
Proper instructors are licensed by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), and are graded from 1 to 6, with 6 being the top grade. Ask the grade of your instructor.

2. Is the Instructor ADI or PDI?
A fully qualified Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) will have a green octagon in the windscreen, while a Provisional Driving Instructor (PDI) will only have a pink triangle.

3. Choose the Instructor, rather than the driving school.
An immaculate livery may not be enough to provide you with an ADI - ask your instructor about their credentials, or search for one on an independent website such as www.driving.org.

4. Is the Instructor Insured?
All members of the Driving Instructors Association, giving public liability cover of £5 Million and professional indemnity insurance of up to £3 Million. Look for the DIA badge.

Driving tuition isn’t just for beginners, however, as the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) offers the opportunity for car and motorbike drivers to improve their driving standards, helping to make them safer on the roads.

For more information log on to www.iam.org.uk, or contact the Derby branch on 07799 014812.