1. DON'T ASSUME THE CHEAPEST LESSONS ARE THE BEST. Concentrate on getting great value for your money. You should get a discount for block booking. Ask about offers on post-test tuition for Motorway Driving and Advanced Tuition for Insurance Discounts with Adrian Flux Insurance Services (see above).
2. Check out how long a 'lesson' really is. Some driving schools offer lessons that are less than an hour long, or pick up and drop off other pupils on your lesson time.
3. Make sure your instructor has a green badge in the windscreen to prove they are a fully qualified Driving Standards Agency instructor. A pink licence means the instructor is a trainee and has no formal qualifications to teach you to drive.
4. Check that the car you'll drive has dual controls and is in good condition. Is there a spare car available in case of breakdown?
5. Check that the instructor can help with your theory test, and buy a good theory book or CD-ROM to help you practise.
6. Make sure your instructor keeps a record of your progress and follows the official Driving Standards Agency syllabus.
7. Apply for your theory test as soon as you start your lessons.
8. Agree with your instructor when to apply for your practical test (remember you need to pass your theory and hazard perception tests first).
9. Take at least an hour a week, preferably two, of regular lessons with a qualified instructor. They will advise you on how much tuition you should need.
10. Make sure your tuition car is available for a final lesson immediately before your test.