How Do You Choose a Driving Instructor?

Choosing a driving instructor in Sydney doesn’t have to be a painful and overwhelming endeavour. Here are some tips to guide you along the way.

Do your research.

Look up reviews on Google, ask friends that have passed their test for suggestions or check out our Driving Instructors Union directory that lists all instructors registered with us. Also, many instructor’s websites will show testimonials from past pupils, so take note of these.

Visit an instructor.

Once you have a list of instructors to choose from, take the time to visit them all until you find one that has a style and approach that suits your personality. Driving instructors are not created equal, so it’s essential to invest time in finding someone who is right for you based on your learning style.

Bargain shop.

Don’t be afraid to ask for a discount or a special deal as many instructors offer up their first lesson free as an incentive to get new pupils. After all, there is no point investing money in lessons if you don’t enjoy the instructor’s company and have no faith in them being able to


Although you should never choose an instructor just because they are the cheapest option, your instructor must be affordable enough for you to afford lessons.

Don’t skimp on quality for affordability, however. The most expensive instructor isn’t automatically the best either – there are many good instructors to be found at every price level.


Choose an instructor who is available for lessons at times that suit you. It’s no good finding the perfect instructor if they are available to teach you only on specific days. You need to be able to see them regularly and at your convenient time.

It’s important to feel supported by your driving instructor in Sydney. They should be someone you can turn to for advice and help when making difficult decisions, like which driving school outfit to join or whether it’s time to book your test. So please make sure they are someone you can trust.

Get references.

Ask instructors for references from past students and contact them to decide whether they would recommend the instructor or not. You can also ask your friends and family to ask their friends for a personal recommendation.

Consider the driving standard.

If you eventually decide on an instructor, make sure that they have a high enough standard of driving to help you prepare for your test. If your instructor’s standard is too low, the advice and lessons may not be relevant towards helping you pass your test.

Trust your gut.

It’s always worth following your intuition and listening to what you feel about the instructor. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Trusting your instincts is usually a good indicator that something isn’t quite right, and it’s essential to listen to this if you feel uncomfortable at any time during lessons.

Driving instructors must be insured.

Driving instructors must have insurance and meet strict criteria. They also all have to pass a test to be allowed to give lessons. So it’s crucial to avoid instructors that don’t belong to a recognised teaching body and choose qualified and insured.


Choosing a driving instructor is not something to be rushed. It’s an important decision and needs careful consideration on your part. Make sure you do your research, ask questions of the right kind, look for recommendations and check that they are qualified and insured.