Learning to drive is an important part of life for teenagers and young adults. It’s exciting and represents a stage of growing independence. That excitement shouldn’t disguise the fact that driving is one of the most hazardous activities that anyone participates in, and learning how should not be taken too lightly. With a large number of schools, finding driving lessons in Penrith is easy, but before you choose one you should get to know the schools, and understand what to be aware.
The absolute first thing to look for in a driving school is to make sure that their instructors are certified by RMS (Roads and Maritime Services). RMS certified instructors will have first of all passed police and driving record checks, and then gone on to complete a certification course. This means that not only are they safe drivers to learn from, but that they will have also had the training needed to understanding what learning drivers need to know to drive well, and get through Australia’s licensing system. Most of the driving schools in the Penrith area offer certified instructors, so if you don’t see it quickly from their front page, move on to another company.
The other area to check on is how the school handles logbook hours. In-car driving lessons are allowed to count towards logbook hours at a 1:3 ratio. This means that for every hour’s driving lesson practice, three logbook hours can be recorded, for a maximum of ten lessons. A good driving school will offer this and make sure that the instruction not only helps you learn but also helps you move forward towards getting your license.
Some learner drivers may get lessons from parents, friends, and relatives. If so you should read the section of the RMS website which is about supervising a student driver.
Driving Lessons In Penrith – The Price
Almost all driving schools offer two kinds of pricing, a price per hour, and package rates. The hourly price ranges from $45-$80 for a 60-minute lesson, to $75-$130 for a 120-minute lesson. Package rates vary more widely, but ten 60 minutes lessons usually range from $520-$790. Driving School Guide has an excellent overview of the major certified schools in the Penrith area.
Besides just lessons, there are a few other services available. LTrent License Plus, for example, offers a Safer Drivers Course. A classroom session, followed by a 2-hour driving lesson with two students. Not only does this provide more in-depth instruction but also counts towards 20 logbook hours. The course costs $140.
Other companies, such as Learn To Drive Driving School, also offer trial tests. For some of us nerves easily get in the way of a good test performance, and going through a formal testing is a good way to build confidence. Learn to Drive offers trial tests for $65.
The Reviews – Penrith Driving Schools.
What you want to hear about a driving school will depend on who you are. If you’re a parent, then you’ll want to know that the lessons will help your child drive more safely. If you’re a learning driver, then you’ll want to hear that the lessons will help you pass the test on the first attempt.
Here’s some of the feedback that’s out there for driving lessons in Penrith.
Drivezone – $65 for one lesson, $590 for a ten lesson package
Drivezone School with Dominic was exceptional in every aspect. He restored my confidence, was very aware of my needs, taught in a very professional manner and allowed me to reach my goal of a license. What a fantastic service, I would HIGHLY recommend Drivezone.
SKS Driving School – $49.50 for one lesson, $495 for a ten lesson package
Positive instructor, friendly, provides useful tips for parking and driving, supportive in terms of keeping in contact and being there to message questions about driving. Makes driving environment calm through keeping easy friendly conversation and yeah, I got my Ps first go !!
Bartz Driving School – $60 for one lesson, $550 for a ten lesson package
Fantastic instructor, very friendly, strongly recommend, very informative! John my instructor even comes to the front door to get you each lesson, i am an older driver who has had her Learner license for well over 8 years and with Bartz i felt confident with learning to drive.
I did a bit of digging around, and there’s a consumer website called Word Of Mouth (WOMO) that has been around for some years. Bartz won WOMO‘s service award for 2012 right through to 2015 plus the happy customer program granted by womo. Their number is 0410 679 888.
RPM Driving School – $60 for one lesson, $560 for a ten lesson package
Thanks Mark for teaching me the correct way of driving. I knew how to drive but there were many little things that if Mark never pointed them out i probably would have failed. Thanks again Mark recommend you anyone. Dean
Penrith Driving School – $60 for one lesson, $560 for a ten lesson package
I was very happy with my driving instructor at Penrith Driving School he has taught me so much in only a few lessons and it is a good price. I highly recommend them.
Did you know the Salvation Army in Penrith run a driving school? In partnership with Skoda cars who donated a vehicle, they run a program called “drive for life” with a 1-hour lesson starting at $55.
Take the time to look carefully into driving lessons in Penrith before choosing one, and make a point of meeting the instructors beforehand. Just starting out behind the wheel can be a nervous time, and having a calm and professional instructor can make all the difference. Above all, make sure the school will focus on how to build early good driving habits that will make for a lifetime of safe driving.