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josh.p.
01-07-2009, 07:20 PM
I'm thinking of switching my driving instructor. I'm at test level now (going to book it over the next few weeks), but he is so unreliable. Always late to lessons, and I'm not talking 5-10 mins, I mean 20-30 mins late each lesson, and everytime he has ****** excuses too!

He is unorganised and winds me up, I am friends with some of his other 'students', two of whom have switched instructors, and one who failed her test as she'd never even done a mock test before!

I'm not sure if it will be more hassle than it's worth, though :unsure:. Anyone got experience of switching instructors before taking your test?

lisaw
01-07-2009, 08:03 PM
I didn't but in hind sight I wish I had - mine was pretty awful, he used to make me stop at petrol stations so he could use the loo or stock up on sweets :rolleyes:

If you feel it won't hamper your progress to change then go for it, lessons cost a lot of money and you want the best :yes:

keith
01-07-2009, 08:08 PM
If you're at test level, feeling confident, I dont see the point in switching now!

If you feel you're not adequately prepared for the test of course, that's something else entirely

josh.p.
01-07-2009, 08:46 PM
If you're at test level, feeling confident, I dont see the point in switching now!

If you feel you're not adequately prepared for the test of course, that's something else entirely
The thing is, at this 'stage in the game' I am pretty much at test standard. I feel confident enough but he is so disorganised, late, etc, and not wanting to prepare me for the actual test (mock tests, test routes etc), I think it might hinder me. He is a "yes we'll do it next week" and I get the feeling he might be milking my lessons so He gets more money.

keith
01-07-2009, 08:51 PM
ah sure well mock tests are very necessary so yeah if you're not getting properly prepared then I'd say that's a good reason. Alternatively you could just insist that you do some mock test and test routes.

It just seems a very late stage to get used to someone new

Ursula
01-07-2009, 09:16 PM
I'm sorry I have to disagree entirely with Keith... It is YOUR money and you should be doing mock tests and having your confidence helped by your instructor. I would have dumped him long ago, so sorry you didn't. I would start by ringing around and letting instructors know what level you're at and what you want/need from them. OK so BSM are expensive but they have a mock test and reflex test stations in their centres. Have you even done any of this? If not why not? Get rid Josh... sorry hun but ASAP.

josh.p.
01-07-2009, 09:33 PM
BSM works out the same price as my instructor, I've done one mock test and only because I pressed him and pressed him until he did eventually. He is really frustrating, and such a liar too. I've pre-payed one more lesson and then I am cancelling my others.

keith
01-07-2009, 09:42 PM
I'm sorry I have to disagree entirely with Keith... It is YOUR money and you should be doing mock tests and having your confidence helped by your instructor.

Well in fairness, I don't think we are disagreeing entirely. I think I said if he's not being given mock tests then that's a very good reason to swap!

I think we also agree that if he was this bad all along he should have been dumped long ago. Interesting that he wasn't though ;/ what made you stick with him so long Josh? or has he only just got "bad" ?

People are SO SO SO emotive about driving instructors and I'm betting 90% of people I've ever talked to said something 'orrible about the person they learnt with :) and all I ever wonder is, why did they stick it out then? How did they ever pass?

There's certainly no reason to even spend one more lesson with someone of whom you have become completely untrusting. All I'm suggesting is that you assess how many lessons you'd NEED now anyway! if it's a couple of mock tests, personally I'd just do them and never have to see him again other than when you drive past on your own in the other direction :)

josh.p.
01-07-2009, 09:46 PM
I've not switched yet because I didn't want to do it mid-way through learning, since then I'd have to pay for a few lessons just to show my new instructor what I can do. Now, I can phone and say "I'm at test standard, I just need more practice, would you be willing to do X amount of lessons with me?"

keith
01-07-2009, 09:57 PM
I've not switched yet because I didn't want to do it mid-way through learning, since then I'd have to pay for a few lessons just to show my new instructor what I can do. Now, I can phone and say "I'm at test standard, I just need more practice, would you be willing to do X amount of lessons with me?"

I guess that's what seems weird mate. If he was rubbish, I'd have swapped as soon as I decided he was rubbish not right at the end when you're close to not needing anyone anyway!

End of the day though no one knows what it's like but you so you have to do as your head and heart dictates :yes:

Ursula
01-07-2009, 10:09 PM
or you could just be a rubbish driver? :unsure: ok I'm running>>>>>>>>

keith
01-07-2009, 11:12 PM
:eek: !

josh.p.
02-07-2009, 11:14 AM
:O I would have assumed that otherwise, had I not heard other people's reports from the same driving instructor!