This is a question that many learner drivers grapple with, as they wonder whether they should take a gamble by choosing the cheaper route or pay a premium to learn from the very systematic syllabus offered by one of the 3 established driving schools in Singapore – BBDC, CDC, SSDC.
There are no right or wrong answers, rather, you should make the choice that is more applicable to you. To do so, you have to make an informed choice by learning what a private driving instructor (PDI) and what a school driving instructor each offers respectively. I would be doing a point by point comparison to help you make a better decision.
1. Cost considerations:
The main selling point of choosing a private driving instructor (PDI) is the low cost of hiring one. Generally, most students spend between $800 to $1000 on 15 driving lessons if they can pass their Traffic Police (TP) driving test on their first try. Even if you fail on your first try, the cost of passing on the third try is still lower than passing on the first try under a school driving instructor.
For students under school driving instructors, costs can run from $1600 to more than $2000 dollars. The high costs are due to more time spent in the driving circuit and more lessons engendered by the strict syllabus. Statistics have also shown that a higher percentage of school students pass their TP driving tests on their first try,
If your finances are tight or if you would like to save money, you should give PDIs a serious consideration. PDIs can teach equally well or even better than school instructors, considering that they have so many years of experience. Key is choosing the right PDI. However, if you do not trust them, learn from school driving instructors by all means.
2. Flexible learning:
A fixed private driving instructor (PDI) can assess you over a span of 10-15 lessons, spot your weak areas and teach in accordance to your speed of learning.
As for school instructors, you have to pay more to have a fixed driving instructor (costly upsell).
Choose a PDI if you are confident in your learning abilities. If not, it would be better to learn from a school instructor under the rigid teaching syllabus.
3. Flexible timing:
Needless to say, private driving instructors (PDIs) offer much more flexible timing, as driving schools have to adhere to their timetables. However, one important consideration is that good or popular PDIs tend to have many students, and thus, they may not be able to offer flexible time slots.
If your schedule is really packed, it would be better to learn from a PDI. If you can’t find a PDI who is able to accommodate your timings, you could set aside a regular timing to learn driving from driving schools instead.
4. Accountability and trust
This is where private driving instructors (PDI) fall short, as the lack of accountability and subsequently, a lack of trust turns many people away from PDIs. Afterall, getting a driving license is not a fickle process to be taken of lightly. Instead of taking a risk, it is only natural for them to opt for the safer but more expensive option of school driving instructors.
Choose the one that suits you the most. If you are looking for a PDI, you can head over to PDIreviews and sort through the various reviews of private driving instructors in SG. Choosing a good PDI is really paramount if you choose to learn from a PDI instead of a school instructor. It will help you to save unnecessary frustration, time and money.