If you are thinking of learning how to drive, here is a comprehensive list of FAQs about driving school, with answers from our in-house experts.
There are over 500 registered and unregistered driving schools in Nigeria. Many of them have sprung up in order to either make money to actually teach interested people to be better drivers. Those who wish to attend any of these driving schools usually have a number of questions in mind. At Naijauto, we have decided to compile a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions about driving school in Nigeria, with answers from our in-house experts. Check them out below.
What should I look out for in a good driving school?
First of all, they are certified. The Federal Road Safety Commission portal has a list of accredited driving schools in Nigeria. You can check the name of that you wish to attend, on the list. You can also do a research to find out from those who have patronised them, to know how efficient their services are and if they are actually professionals. A good driving school will also have a physical office and working vehicles for their training.
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How much do driving schools take per training session?
This usually depends on the area, city, reputation of the school and the period of time for the training. In Lagos for instance, you can get trained for a month by a new driving school at the cost of 50,000 naira, while a similar school in Kano will train you for 15,000 for the same duration. Also, schools that also teach you road signs and how to maintain your vehicle or detect a fault, will definitely charge a lot higher.
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Are there any requirements for getting into a driving school in Nigeria?
As the law stipulates, you need to be at least 18 before you can drive on Nigerian roads. Therefore it's only right that you start learning at that age as well. You also need to go to the motor licensing office in your area to get a learner's permit. This not only permits you to learn on Nigerian roads, but saves you the stress of being penalized by any task force during your training process.
Asides the FRSC, is there any other body that certifies a driving school?
No. The FRSC alone does that - as they are the only organisation in Nigeria that the government has given such authority.
Is there any disadvantage of pausing a driver training for a while?
Yes, quite a few. You are likely to forget what you have learned. You may not catch up when you resume the training. Finally, it's difficult to find a driving school that will start your course all over again - except you pay extra or on certain situations.
What are those situations?
When you fail a course. A driving school should be willing to give you a second chance. This is also recognized by the FRSC. As you would need to pass in order to get a driver's license.
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You need to pay close attention to instructors to pass tests in driving school
After driving school, what next?
After your course, you will be given a certificate of training by your driving school. Kindly take this certificate with you to the nearest FRSC office close to you and apply for your driver's licence. It doesn't take long to get. It basically depends on city - as requests are handled on a first come first serve basis.
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