Whats the rush? If your not happy, go to another driving instructor but you run the risk of insulting someone who was just doing their best to help you as you may find another instructor feels your not ready to go out on main roads.
I don't think I did for six weeks? It took me longer to grasp it though because of my learning difficulties. I was doing 1x2 hours and 1x1 hour a week.
I would say if you hit the end of the next block and you haven't, you need to start asking questions.
FYI- I dont think your instructor is overcharging you for 1.5 hours. Mine was £21 for an hour, or £40 for two hours and would of been £30 or so for 1.5 hours I imagine.
I have just had my 6th lesson and so far I have done: up to 4th gear, traffic lights, roundabouts, junctions, pedestrian crossings (although no one crossed them) also I have done changing lanes in a one way traffic flow. But he might be pushing me because I seem to have a natural talent for driving, although I am still a quite nervous driver.
I am a driving instructor (grade 5-second highest you can get), and i am on here as i am doing an LLB (Hons) at the OU. I have read with interest the many posts on this thread, and my advice is simple. Your instructor knows best. I have heard of many pupils being taken on busy roads on their 1st, 2nd or whatever lesson when they were not nearly ready and all it did was completely shatter any confidence thay had started to build.
I certainly would not be concerned yet that your instructor has not taken you onto busy roads, but I would be , if after 8 or 9 the situation had not changed.
I have a very good pass rate of over 80% and the large majority of my pupils , especially those with no experience or of a nervous disposition dont get near busy raods for at least the first 4 or 5 lessons. Learning to drive is not a gmae, sometimes you dont get a second chance! Peer pressure can be very dangerous as you have read on the above threads. Dont listen to anyone! Only you will know if and when you are ready to progress and when that time comes, then discuss it with your instructor, who I am sure will be more than happy to push you on. Remember, as most of us are self-employed, it is not in our interest to rip people off. Quite the contrary. Recommendations is our life blood and if your instructor is holding you back deliberately, then that will impact hugley on his future business. TRUST HIM!
My first driving instructor allowed me to drive on a busy dual carriageway on my second or third lesson and it scared me so much that my current instructor spent months helping me to get over my fear of dual carriageways! He is probably just trying to avoid such a scenario. I'm now such a calm driver that when I got rearended by a transit van on a lesson today, I didn't even get upset.
In this recession u should be able to discuss payment with your ADI I don't think u should have to pay too much up front or block book, tell the ADI you want to pay per lesson in case your circumstances change etc. See how u go but be patient is does take time learning and sadly this means money, if u genuinely feel u are being taken advantage of then swap instructors.
All my lessons were 2hr ones and I didn't get out of 1st gears at all on my first lesson! But that was down to my confidence rather than my instructor lol. I think I spent the first 10hrs on the same few residential streets "nursery slopes" my instructor called them!! But then I took 60hrs to pass, it took a long time to get my confidence up.
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You're from NI too? Who do you go with? £45 is a complete joke, the new instructor I'm going with is £20 an hour like most rates.
Jonny Gibson in Belfast. I've had like 4 instructors and he is definitely the best. Well worth the money. I was such a terrible driver at first and so sure I would never drive but he is such a good teacher that I've finally come around and booked my test (whether I'll pass or not remains to be seen, but I wouldn't even have considered such a thing a month or two ago).
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£45 for 2 hours is about average (at least, it is in Manchester). Can't you buy in 10hr blocks to bring the price down? My lessons go from £44 for 2 hours to £36 if bought in blocks.
Nah, my instructor is high demand so it's not in his interest to block book, otherwise I would. I don't mind, anyway - you get what you pay for, and my driving is really coming along (about time, lol).