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Schools of motoring: 7 Strategies for Successful Lessons

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Only a few days ago, I had been going to Mayville Mall in Parktown Estate and witnessed a school of motoring instructor was around the mobile phone (within the passenger seat.) As he was babbling away his young student was turning left from Cambridge Street into Van Rensburg Street, with no indicator!

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When she pulled away she oversteered completely, and almost hit a big tree on the side of the street. Discuss dangerous!

If I hadn't honked, the approved driving instructor could have been too late to react to the problem.

That girl's parents obviously trusted that approved driving instructor with their child, and he was failing miserably at his responsibility.

Being a parent you need to make sure your son or daughter is safe, and being shown how to drive safely on South Africa's roads. Therefore it is up to you to select in addition to you are able to right from the start.

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Let us take a look at the top 7 tips when selecting between the driving schools in Pretoria.

1. Always be willing to ask Control over the driving school to show you their Certified Instructors Certificates. Only certificates accredited by the South African Department of Transport are deemed legal.

2. Personal appearance is key. When the Instructor looks "sloppy", expect their standard of labor to be "sloppy" too. Although common in South Africa, smoking in the vehicle is very disrespectful to the student. And also the vehicles must always be immaculate.

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3. Your Instructor must always be mindful of you and also as to the you're doing. They must be prepared to answer any queries and give tips and tricks where needed. So no unnecessary mobile phones calls (!), reading the newspaper, or talking with other Instructors for the duration of the lesson.

4. The vehicles really should be fitted with a safety braking device. This can be a key safety feature for your instructor to achieve the ultimate control. And the vehicle should always have the necessary signs to inform all road users of a learner driver. Don't miss this straightforward point.

5. Always ask for additional contact details, so that if there is an issue, it comes with an additional number to phone in case of emergencies. A number of the smaller local schools either cannot or do not do that, and you shouldn't risk it.

6. Always pay attention to your gut feeling. There are about 30 different driving schools in Pretoria, so If a student feels uncomfortable in a particular Instructor, speak to the Owner/Manager of the school of motoring. Any driving school who cares for his or her students will act immediately, and when they do not go elsewhere.

7. And lastly - Speak to your family and friends. Discover what schools of motoring in the area will they recommend? There is nothing stronger than a word-of-mouth recommendation

Posted May 21, 2012 at 11:54pm