Learning to drive should be an exciting and enjoyable experience. You should regard it as not just a necessity for passing the driving test but as learning a skill that will make you a safe and competent driver. Many people consider asking a friend or a family member to give them driving lessons but, as this article will show, this might not be the best choice.

Being taught to drive by a friend will certainly save you money. However, as with many things, the cheapest option doesn’t necessarily give the best value. Driving instructors have to satisfy the Driving Standards Agency that not only have they reached a high standard of driving competency but also that they are capable of passing their knowledge on to other people. This enables them to take their pupils from novices to competent drivers in a much shorter time than an amateur instructor can achieve.

This proven ability to teach is crucial when it comes to driving lessons and is one of the major differences between the approved driving instructor and the amateur. Professional driving instructors have to pass a stiff test of their teaching abilities and this ensures that pupils will learn faster and, most importantly, will be learning the correct way to drive. A friend may be a good driver but may well have forgotten what it was like to be a learner and not have the slightest idea of how to explain complex driving concepts.

As well as teaching ability, a driving instructor will have the experience and the resources to make a new driver feel at ease. The first emotion that most learner drivers feel is probably fear when they’re asked to take the wheel of a car on a public road. Most driving schools these days have dual control cars that enable the instructor to step in and provide assistance if a pupil should get into difficulties. This gives the learner an immense feeling of security and safety. This is another compelling reason for choosing to have professional driving lessons.

A further very important factor to take into account when deciding whether or not to pay for driving lessons is the fact that the world of motoring is changing all the time as new technologies and motoring laws are introduced. The average UK motorist has a difficult time keeping abreast of the current situation. Your approved driving instructor will be up-to-date with everything that you need to know in order to teach you to be a safe and competent driver on Britain’s crowded roads. That’s his job.

After reading the above, you should now be more aware of the differences between professional driving instruction and that received from a friend. Learning to drive is not just a matter of being able to pass the driving test. It is a skill that will be useful to you for life and you need to know that you are being correctly taught; it will be the basis of your future development as a driver. Unfortunately, driving can be a dangerous business if your instruction is in any way inadequate so it makes sense to seek out a driving instructor who has the ability to teach you the right way.

Recent statistics from the Driving Standards Agency report that nine out of ten of the people who pass their practical driving test first time were taught by an approved driving instructor. Faced with figures like that it is difficult to argue against seeking professional driving instruction.

Having taken delivery of my new Clio ( luckily the day before Evans Halshaw burnt down, honest not guilty guv’nor) I found that the space where you would normally keep the spare wheel, had been taken up by an inflation kit. I knew the car would come supplied with said inflation kit which consists of a bottle of tyre sealant and a small compressor, however I had been informed  I would be able to buy a spare wheel and  fit it in the usual place. Difficult when there is no spare wheel carrier, the carrier and the wheel complete with tyre will cost you £220.00.

However is an inflation kit good enough if you get a puncture just before a driving test, the answer is no as you are limited to 48 miles per hour for a limited distance the same if you fit a space saver or a full size red coloured spare wheel. The inflation kit also falls down on which type of puncture will it fix, no good if the hole is 4mm or more or punctured in the side-wall.

Once you have used the inflation kit ( if you had a user-friendly puncture ) you need to get the tyre repaired, when you take it to the tyre fitter watch the look on his face when you tell him you fixed it with an emergency kit. All the grunge now needs to be cleaned from the inner of the tyre before it can be fixed, which could incur an extra charge or they may refuse to fix it at all.

You get your tyre repaired and refitted or maybe you needed to buy a new tyre, but you’re back on the road. Now you have another expense, you need to buy another bottle of tyre sealant and as they are a dealer part at £30.00 not cheap.

So my advice is, buy a wheel have a  cheap tyre fitted and keep it in the boot. Could work out a lot cheaper than losing a driving test.