I had an interesting discussion with one of my students this week, which I felt was worth sharing. We talked about cost of taxi fares and concerns as a passenger. His feelings were that the cost was expensive for the distance covered and often felt uncomfortable as the driver's were frequently on their mobile phones and ignoring speed limits.
Which begs the question" If we are paying them, why is our safety not there main concern"? Because if a driver is on the phone when driving,1. There braking the law and 2. There concentration is divided between the conversation and what's happening on the road. Should it not be fully on driving? Also makes me wonder about these radio adverts for claims companies. Have you noticed how often their aimed at taxi firms?
I am always conscious of giving value for money and frequently check that my students feel that's what they are getting. During our discussion a comparison of lesson fees and what you get from the lessons was made to a taxi fare.
I asked my student what he felt he got from his lessons, and his response was: Increased confidence. Enjoyment. Felt safer on the road as his knowledge increased. He felt when he passed his test, it would give independence. Help with his job, in terms of getting to work easier.
He thought about the cost of a recent taxi fare, and said that if he had a journey of one hour like his lesson, he would probably have paid four times the cost of the lesson at the rates charged by the taxi firm.
So his conclusion was that driving lessons were exeptionaly good value for what you get out of them.