What to look for in a driving instructor

If you’re a new driver or you have a teen who’s just starting to drive, it’s a good idea to hire a driving instructor.

Working with a licensed and professional instructor can help ensure that you have the right skills that ICBC is looking for during your road test. More importantly, the right driving instructor can equip you with the right skills and mentorship to start driving safely and with confidence.

But not all driving instructors are equal. The reality is that some instructors are better than others. So it’s important to pick the right instructor if you’re planning on paying for driving lessons.

Here are some tips when evaluating a driving school or instructor.

1. Check out the reviews.

It’s so easy now to find out what other clients have to say. Take a few minutes to check out the driving school you’re considering on Yelp and Facebook to see what other people are saying.

When checking out these review sites, seek answers to these questions:

  • Is the school or instructor reliable?
  • Is he or she punctual?
  • Is the instructor relatable? For instance, do they use humor when teaching?
  • Are they reputable? If there are complaints about the instructor, did he or she address it, and how?

Note: You can check out reviews for SENSEN Driving School on these pages:
SENSEN Driving School on Yelp
SENSEN Driving School on Facebook

2. Look for evidence of success.

When you’re reviewing Yelp or Facebook, you’ll definitely encounter people who’ve had success with the driving school. I suggest going beyond that. For instance, you can go through the company’s Instagram page to see if successful clients are featured. How often do clients pass? Often, the instructors that know their stuff aren’t shy about showcasing the success of their clients.


3. Stick with someone who’s easy to get a hold of.

When you’re learning to drive, you’ll have questions—lots of them. In some cases, you may need to change your schedule to fit driving lessons into your life. So it’s important to pick a driving instructor who’s reachable. Working with someone who’s easy to get a hold of can help alleviate stress in your life as you’re acquiring new driving skills.

4. Find someone with many years of experience.

Most driving instructors will have many years of experience driving on the road. That’s kind of a given. But what you want to look for is years of experience in helping new drivers. New driving instructors aren’t necessarily bad, but the quality that you’d get from someone with more years under his or her belt will differ.

Again, it’s all about evidence of success. How many people on Yelp or Facebook say they’ve had success with the instructor? Ultimately, you want to choose someone who has proven to be effective.

If you have more questions about hiring a driving instructor in Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, or New Westminster in BC, feel free to contact SENSEN Driving School.



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