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Scams To Watch Out For When You Learn To Drive

Scams to watch out for when you learn to drive By Can DriveWhen choosing which company to learn to drive with, you may suddenly realise there’s lots of instructors out there. You may already know if you would prefer to have either a male or female instructor, you may be looking for one that uses automatic cars rather than manual. But one of the big considerations that most students will be thinking about when choosing their instructor is the price. Some offer deals, to make them stand out in the crowd. But are these deals as good as they appear to be?

Misleading introductory offers

If you’re looking for driving lessons, I bet you’ve seen loads of offers, for instance 5 lessons for £50, 10 for £99. Sound great don’t they? But you may want to make sure you check out some of the details before you hand over your money.

The price of driving lessons - watch out for scamsDid you notice that the offer states the number of lessons and not the length of a lesson? There are some instructors who have been known to provide shortened lessons.  So rather than charging for the usual hour, the deal only includes a short 30 minute lesson. So it’s important to compare the price based on the same amount of time, which might well work out about the same as a regular lesson – so not such a great deal!

On the other hand the “5 lessons for £50” deal doesn’t actually state that it’s your first 5 lessons that are discounted. Some will discount certain lessons, for example lesson number 1, 5, 10, 15 etc. However you have to pay the full price for all the lessons in between. You may need to pay this up front and once you’ve paid you may not get a refund which isn’t good if you don’t get on with your instructor.

Trainee driving instructors

Wouldn’t you feel cheated if you were paying full price for your lessons and then discovered that your instructor wasn’t qualified? A qualified instructor will have a green ADI badge, if their badge is pink then they’re not qualified. Check out your instructor before you start, know what you’re paying for. How experienced are they? There’s nothing wrong with learning to drive with a newly qualified instructor or even one in training – but would you really expect to pay full price?

Get Driving on your First Lesson

Learn the basics first when learning to drive by Can driveDriving on your first lesson sounds great but essentially it’s not being done to help you – it’s purely a sales gimmick. A good instructor will always spend time during your first lesson chatting to you about the controls (you need to know the difference between the accelerator and the brake, or understand what you’re looking for in the mirror) and about you and your expectations. On a first lesson you may get to go for a short drive (if you’re ready) not because you’re being ripped off, but you need to learn the basics before you start on the more technical parts like reversing, and other manoeuvres.

So our advice is, if you think an offer is too good to be true, -check it out by all means.  But go into any deals, with your eyes open. At the end of the day instructors need to make their money; to maintain their car, pay for petrol, put food on their tables and a roof over their heads etc. If they’re not charging you enough, then you’ve got to ask yourself why not?

Ask questions and get the information in writing – question them about their deals – ask them what is included in the offer and what isn’t.

How can you be sure?  Check out instructor reviews on sites Yell, Google and Facebook, see what other people have said about them.  Speak to friends and ask for recommendations. 

If you happen to be looking to learn to drive in the Mansfield or Sutton in Ashfield area then ring us on 01623 362162    or contact us on via our site.







Intensive course in Sutton in Ashfield

Take an Intensive course in Sutton in Ashfield with Can Drive and get your licence sooner
Congratulations Catherine Eades on passing your driving test 1st time. We help our students pass their test as quickly as possible and the best way is to take an Intensive course in Sutton in Ashfield with one of our fully qualified instructors who specialise in Intensive courses. There are lots of companies out there who provide this service. .

Driving School Sutton in Ashfield : First Time Pass

Driving school sutton in ashfield with another 1st time pass Can Drive driving school Sutton In Ashfield are pleased to let you know we have had another 1st Time Pass recently. This time for Steve Hill who at the age of 36 decided to learn to drive and although he thought he would find it difficult because of his age has shown us all that no matter if you are 17 or an older learner if you take driving lessons with us at  we will help you to achieve all your driving goals. We are very proud of our pass rates and think you will be impressed too so check out our Facebook page to see all our passes and reviews at .

Driving lessons Sutton in Ashfield

driving lessons Sutton in ashfield and a pass for Rhys skidmore Another fantastic result for Can Drive Driving lessons Sutton in Ashfield with another driving test pass. This time for Rhys Skidmore. Rhys had previously taken a test with another driving school before taking lessons in Sutton in Ashfield with our instructor Ian who helped Rhys to pass on his first attempt with Can Drive. If you require a crash course or just weekly lessons then contact us on 01623362162 so we can help you achieve all your driving goals just like we did for Rhys.

Pokémon Go : Dangers while driving

Pokémon GO - Drive with care | Can Drive Driving LessonsPokémon Go : The dangers while driving

Pokémon Go is a very popular game that encourages many people of different ages to explore the outdoors by walking. Me and my son do this together as a fun activity. However many people misuse the app (it is rather addicitive after all); they have been spotted using it while driving.

Pokémon Go attracted 6.1 million users in the UK. Along the way you catch Pokémon, which appear randomly; to catch these Pokémon you need pokeballs which you gain from poke stops.  Although it is a well-thought-out game there are many extremely dangerous scenarios which drivers may come across while playing this game while driving. 

The main reason in which this app could become a danger is while you are catching a Pokémon. For example, you have to throw a poke ball at the Pokémon, which may be moving around the screen which takes concentration to aim and successfully hit the target. This takes your attention off the road creating a dangerous scenario where you could lose control of the car and swerve into oncoming traffic or mount the kerb putting pedestrians at risk. You might also miss a pedestrian walking out into the road. All of these consequences may result in a possible serious accident.


Please be careful while playing Pokémon Go and be aware of your surroundings at all times. If you are in a car please make sure that you are not the driver and remember people’s lives are at risk.
The game is designed to get you out and walking around to catch the Pokémon, so that you are getting exercise at the same time.  So please stay safe and have fun –  play the game on foot and not in the car.

Whether you’re looking for a driving instructor in Mansfield or Sutton in Ashfield area or just looking to have fun, please use some road sense and stay safe.







Driving School in Mansfield : First Time Pass

Victoria Dunstan passing her test with Can Drive


Another First Time Pass today this time it was the turn of Victoria Dunstan. Victoria overcome test nerves to achieve her licence. Well done and thanks for choosing Can Drive driving school in Mansfield.

Driving lessons in Mansfield : First Time Pass

Jack Gibson passing his test todayWell done Jack Gibson on passing your driving test today at the first attempt. We wish you many years of safe and happy driving. All the best from everyone at Can Drive driving lessons in Mansfield and your instructor Natalie.

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