It is widely recognized that smaller driving school cars are easier to maneuver for example; after all, it would take less coordination to place a peanut in a bucket than a brick! This type of thinking can often influence the learner drivers choice of driving schools or driving instructors.
On the other hand, there are a few benefits of choosing a larger car for your driving lessons or driving course:
Firstly there is the safety aspect. If you were to be involved in any type of accident on your driving lessons or driving course, you would, more often than not be better off in a larger driving school car. This is mainly due to ‘putting more space’ between yourself and the other vehicle and also down to the fact that the bigger driving school car will have larger ‘crumple zones’ to absorb the impact.
Secondly, it depends upon your motives in learning to drive. If the main aim of your driving lessons is to pass your driving test in the quickest and easiest way then the smaller car is more likely to be suited to you. If however, you want to develop your driving skills at the same time – both for simply being a more skilled driver or due to the fact that you are likely to drive a larger car after passing your driving test, the driving schools using the larger vehicles will probably be more suited.
These choices also affect driving instructors, but it’s a slightly more complicated issue. After all, as a driving instructor, you are likely to want to choose a car that pupils are going to want to drive (so the first few examples of questions indirectly affect you) but also your own personal preference will come into it. Even if your pupils are likely to prefer the smaller car for ease, if you are going to be in the car for 6-10 hours a day, you will be unlikely to be happy being ‘cramped up’ for all that time.
So, therefore the ‘balance’ of comfort (both during driving lessons and privately) against what the paying learner drivers will prefer has got to be decided by the individual driving instructors – assuming, of course, that they have any say in the matter and it is not simply the decision of your franchise!
Steven is currently working with a ‘compare driving instructors’ site for learner drivers and driving schools. The site provides useful information for anyone looking for driving lessons or preparing to take their driving test.