Gone are the days when you need to coerce (or even bribe) your Dad or any mildly unrelenting relative to teach you to drive. In my case, it was my neighbor whom I had to bribe with a new Wilson-Evolution basketball plus unlimited Zesto mango juice drinks in times when he got “dehydrated-exasperated” teaching me AGAIN how to parallel park correctly.
Now, it’s different. You can just go out and enroll in a driving school so you can get your driver’s license from the Land Transportation Office (LTO). And yes, there are plenty of them around. Here are some tips on how to choose the right driving school for you:
Where do you live? And how far is the driving school from you? If you plan to commute going there, how long will it take you to get there? If you’re a student driver, it’s important to factor in your schedule: Should you do it before or after school? And what days will be best for you? You can make things easier and more convenient by choosing a driving school nearby.
What’s your budget? Different schools offer different package options. Generally, the more comprehensive they are, the more expensive they can be. Work around your budget, and don’t be shy to tell them how much you’re willing to spend as well. For all you know, they can suggest or even create options that aren’t included in their main pricelist.
How long has the driving school been operating in the Philippines? Just to be safe, make sure they’re LTO-accredited, with a good, solid reputation backed up by reliable testimonials from actual students that availed of their services. By the way, we’re not saying they should be perfect here; they should, however, be in operation for a number of years without irregular gaps in-between. Consistency shows they have more than enough experience to keep their business working over the years.
4. Driving Instructor
How capable are the instructors? Do background checks, if possible. If not, then you can always ask around for references. Ask previous students about their actual experiences with their driving instructor–especially their level of driving knowledge and character. Note that aside from driving expertise and mastery, patience is an important factor that a good trainer should have. Ask how patient they are in the in their responses and teaching.
Make sure to ask for the curriculum first. Look at the lessons, and see how comprehensive they are by checking out the road test score sheet found in your LTO application, and see if most of them are included in the curriculum.
Ask to see the cars they use for actual driving practices. If many of them look like they should be in a junk shop instead of on the road, then it’s time to look for another school.
You may not be aware of this, but choosing the right driving school can have a huge impact not just on your driving skills, but also in your day-to-day life. It’s like this: who’ll drive your mom to the grocery, or make sure your sister isn’t late during her ballet performance? Everything really starts with your driving, and choosing the right driving school will set a good foundation when you go out and drive in the real world.