Driving instructors are some of the most important people on Britain's roads today. They spend most of their time in their car, and it acts as their office space as well as their tool for teaching.
It's imperative that they choose the right vehicle for them, so we've come up with a few rules for what a good driving school car needs to be:
Economical - Because driving instructors cover so many miles, it's imperative that the car they are using returns an exceptional level of miles per gallon, this keeps costs as low as possible. Otherwise, it is likely they will be spending much of their income on fuel.
Compact - Learning to drive is daunting enough, without having to manoeuvre a large car. It's better for the learner and the instructor if the car is more compact for ease.
Practical - Most driving instructors use their cars as their only means of transport. So, while the smaller size is important for the learner, it is also valuable for the instructor to have a car that is practical and spacious too.
Low service costs - Most cars need servicing every 10,000 miles, so servicing costs must be a consideration when purchasing a driving school car. A car with 2 year service intervals or similar may be a more attractive proposition.
Safe - Above all, the car needs to be safe. New cars today have a lot more active and passive safety features, and can protect you and your learner driver better in the event of an accident.
An easy choice for many driving instructors, as the Ford Fiesta is the UK's best-selling car, year after year. It comes as no surprise really, considering what you get for your money. Benefits include:
- Economical choice of engines
- Low tax
- Easy to drive
- Pulls strongly and smoothly through gears
- 5* rating for adult occupant safety by Euro NCAP
- Keyless entry
- Service intervals are 12,500 miles
- Superb kit levels
- Option for Bang and Olufsen audio (perfect for listening to music after your lessons are finished)
The Corsa has been a favourite of driving school owners for many years. It's also one of the UK's best selling small cars. Here's some of the reasons why it is a sound choice, for any driving school:
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- Easy to drive
- Ergonomic controls
- Multitude of economical engine choices
- Inexpensive annual road tax
- Standard-fit safety features (scored 5* for adult occupant safety in Euro NCAP testing)
- 20,000-mile service intervals for certain models
The old Micra stereotype has well and truly been replaced, with an all-new, ultra-funky Micra. A car certain to impress the young driver thanks to the following factors
- Old Micra stereotype replaced with funky design
- Inexpensive to buy
- Low emissions
- Intelligent emergency braking with pedestrian recognition
- Up to 88mpg
- Petrol and diesel engine choices
Featuring a number of excellent safety features, along with smart, modern styling, the Hyundai i20 may well be a perfect driving school car and is probably sometimes overlooked. It features some attractive features such as:
- Compact and stylish proportions
- 5 year unlimited mileage warranty
- 5 annual vehicle health checks
- Decent array of manual petrol engines
- Good on fuel
- 5-door practicality