Choosing A Driving Instructor

Choosing A Driving Instructor

Choosing a Driving Instructor in Romford for your first lesson can be tricky. If you can’t get a recommendation from a friend, the internet and phonebooks are normally the next in line.

But, how do you choose someone who is fully qualified?

Firstly, they will have a certificate/badge displayed on the front windscreen of their tuition vehicle (this is a legal requirement, not doing it while charging for driving lessons is illegal). It will either be a green octagon if the instructor is fully qualified, or a red triangle if the person is a trainee instructor (valid for 6 months). Take a look below at the examples of each one.

Trainee Driving Instructor Badge


This is what a trainee Instructor badge looks like…


qualified instructor badge


And this is what a fully qualified Instructor will have.


All registered Driving Instructors in Romford have to undergo rigorous training and examinations , they are also checked by the  Criminal Records Bureau at the enhanced level to ensure the safety of you the pupil. Fully qualified ADIs (Approved Driving Instructors ) have regular checks by the Driving Standards Agency to ensure their standard of teaching is up to the required level. In these checks, the Instructor is given a grade from 1 to 6. With 6 being the best an Instructor can get. Grades 1-3 are below the minimum standard, and the ADI would need to be re-tested to achieve a grade 4 or higher. Unregistered illegal instructors do not have any of this.

Don’t be afraid to ask about your Instructor’s qualifications. This can be seeing their Instructor’s licence, or further experience such as advanced driving tests or other courses to improve their knowledge. If they’re genuine, they will be more than happy to provide you with the information you require. If you are still not sure, the DSA have a database of all registered instructors, so a quick phone call should clear it up.

Also, don’t be afraid to change instructors if you don’t feel happy. Learning to drive should be enjoyable, if your instructor shouts or gets impatient with you, they’re not being professional.

I hope this article on choosing a Driving Instructor has helped, and if you have any questions, please contact us.