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How I found my perfect driving school...

...and how you can do it too!

I want to get my driver's license! I was 100% sure about that. But then came the question of the questions: Which driving school should I go to? This decision is not at all easy for many student drivers.

On the way to my perfect driving school, I found out for myself what especially helped me with my choice. Maybe these points will help you too! 

The overall impression

How does one start to inform oneself in the driving school Jungle? First of all, of course, I looked to see which driving schools at all are a realistic distance from my place of residence. Then it helped me a lot to get an overall impression of the driving schools. I asked myself the following questions:

 

  • Website: If it is informative, it provides information about the driver's license, driving school and team?
  • Social Media: Is communication via social networks appealing and do I perhaps even get an insight into everyday driving school life and the mood that prevails there?
  • Location: Is the driving school easy for me to reach? It was important to me to get to the driving school independently of my parents. So on foot, by bike or by bus and train.
  • Showcase: Does it look neat and inviting? Whether or not it is particularly beautiful is not so important, as we know it is also very subjective. But often you can conclude from the outer appearance to the inside of the driving school...
  • Furnishing: As a driver you spend a lot of time in the rooms of the driving school. There it is really important: Can I relax in the driving school?
  • Opening times and times of theory lessons:  Can they be connected with my everyday life? Are there several dates in the week, so that I can also vary sometimes? An office with regular opening hours is very practical for questions.
  • Contact person: Are contact persons available for questions? Not only for questions before the training. I also think it's important that someone in the driving school is there for you while you're driving.
  • Vehicles: Do I like them? Can I imagine learning to drive in it? Are the vehicles maintained and in good condition? Also inform yourself about automatic or electric vehicles in the driving school if this is relevant for you.

If these points are checked off, you know what to expect in the respective driving schools. So I could exclude some and choose first favorites.

 

[Translate to English:] Das Beratungsgespräch

[Translate to English:]

Wenn mir der Gesamteindruck zugesagt hat, habe ich bei den jeweiligen Fahrschulen ein Beratungsgespräch ausgemacht, um mir vor Ort ein persönliches Bild zu machen. Für mich war es sehr wichtig, dass die Fahrschule sich dafür wirklich Zeit nimmt. Außerdem empfehle ich auf jeden Fall, vorher zu überlegen, was du in diesem Gespräch erfahren willst. Ich habe ein paar Fragen zusammengefasst, die du stellen kannst:

  • Liegt ein Ausbildungskonzept vor und wie sieht dieses aus?
    Wird der Weg zum Führerschein für dich schlüssig und transparent erläutert und kannst du auch im Laufe der Fahrausbildung nachvollziehen, wie dein Fortschritt aussieht? Weißt du immer wo du gerade stehst und was deine nächsten Schritte sind?
  • Wann, wo und wie oft findet Theorieunterricht statt?
    Zweimal die Woche sollte der Unterricht schon stattfinden - dann kannst du auch mal auf einen anderen Termin ausweichen. Wenn du  nicht regelmäßig einmal in die Theoriestunden gehst, zieht sich der Führerschein unnötig! Wenn du sehr viel zu tun hast, könnte für dich auch ein Ferien- oder Intensivkurs interessant sein.
  • Wie kannst du Fahrstunden ausmachen?
    Prinzipiell ist es normal, dass du mal auf eine Fahrstunde etwas warten musst. Aus meiner Erfahrung heraus ist es nicht so gut, wenn du einmal angefangen hast und dann längere Pausen zwischen deinen Stunden entstehen. Deshalb schadet es nicht, wenn du nachfragst, wie flexibel die Fahrschule zur Zeit ist. 
    Es gibt verschiedene Möglichkeiten, Fahrstunden zu buchen: Beispielsweise über entsprechende Apss, telefonisch oder auch persönlich bei deinem Fahrlehrer. Das ist aber einfach Geschmackssache.
  • Wie wirst du beim Lernen unterstützt?
    Gibt es in der Theorie geeignetes Lehrmaterial oder für die Praxis einen Fahrsimulators? Mir haben während meiner Fahrausbildung auch Apps total geholfen, mit denen ich von zuhause oder unterwegs lernen konnte.

Insgesamt fand ich die Beratungsgespräche immer sehr interessant und aufschlussreich. Vor allem um die Fahrschule persönlich kennenzulernen und zu schauen, ob ich dort gut aufgehoben bin.

Student driver receives Fahren Lernen Max.
© Verlag Heinrich Vogel

The Prices

Let's come to a very important... but also difficult topic: The price. Important because the driver's license has to be paid. Difficult, because it is not easy, to make a statement about the total price before beginning the training . I was told by my driving school right at the beginning that this is mainly due to my skill and associated with the number of required driving lessons.

 

In general, the costs can be divided into fixed and variable components:

  • Fixed costs: This includes the basic amount, which includes administrative expenses and theoretical training. In addition there are the fees for the registration for the examinations and the costs for the twelve prescribed special trips.
  • Variable costs: This concerns above all the costs for the driving lessons, which of course depend on the required number. The costs for the individual driving lessons can be inquired at your driving school.

What I finally became aware of through testimonials from friends is that especially repeating tests leads to higher costs. Therefore I was glad that I did not only pay attention to the price, but above all to choose a good driving school.

I think it is important that a driving school is transparent with the costs and that it also points out to you that depending on the amount of driving lessons and completed tests there can be higher costs.

Your gut feeling

If you're thinking now, "I still can't decide" you're not alone. I felt the same way!

After I had a close look at all the mentioned points and informed myself well, there were still several driving schools to choose from. And then I went on my gut feeling. I just wanted to feel at home in my driving school well.

I have two more tips for that:

  • If you have the possibility, ask in any case also friends and acquaintances for personal tips for driving schools. So you can find out first-hand what the atmosphere is like, what the driving instructors are like and whether the driving school could suit you.
  • If you haven't answered all your questions yet, don't be afraid to visit the driving school in person again . Until you have answered all your questions, don't make a decision.

I hope you find your way to your driving school with these tips! It's simply important that you feel comfortable there and don't save on the wrong end of your driver's license!

You'll find more tips and tricks about driving licences here: Fahrschule-123.de.

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