The subject matter today is how do we pick a driving school. Invariably the first question that we always get when someone calls on the phone is "What is the price?" The price, in my estimation, is about the fifth most important factor in choosing a driving school. Driving schools know pretty much what their competition is charging. So the price is fairly comparable regardless of which driving school you pick. So if you call one certain school, and you've found out that they charge a certain price, and someone else is double the price, then I would probably stay away from that school. But you'll find that we're all about two to three dollars within the range of each other per lesson. So don't worry so much about the price.
Worry more about the quality of the school that you're picking. You want someone that you can understand. So when you're in there with your driving instructor, you want to be able to understand him. You also want the vehicles of that driving school to be in good condition. You don't want to be fighting with that vehicle while you're trying to learn driving. So the vehicle is important. You want the vehicle to be in good working order. You also want a driving school that's close to you. If you pick someone that's far away, what will invariably happen is that the student who has the lesson before yours will drive to your location, and then you'll spend your time driving them back to wherever they have to go. You don't want that.
You want to be in the car working the entire lesson on the things that you need to work on. So when that instructor comes to you to give you that driving lesson, you want to make sure he's coming by himself and you don't have to waste your time driving someone else home or picking someone else up. So I would pick someone that's close to your area so that those things can happen. They can come to you on their time. You can spend your entire driving lesson working on the things that you need to work on. Another thing is to go by recommendation.
If you had a friend that had a good experience at a certain driving school, that means a lot. If your friend told you that they passed their road test, and they were happy with their instructor at that particular school, there's a lot to be said for that. So I would go with that. You can also read reviews online. I find that this is another good tip towards picking a good driving school. Read the reviews. Read what people have said about them, and this can assist you in picking a good school. Remember learning to drive is something that you do only once in your life. It's not something that you have to do ongoing. So you want to pick a good school.
Don't worry so much, again, about the price. But pick someone that's going to be reliable. You're going to become a safe driver, hopefully, as you do this. So pick a school that's been around for a while. Pick someone that has good reviews. And again, if you've gotten a recommendation from one of your friends that a particular driving school is good, there's a lot to be said for that.