When to use flight following for VFR?

I am in training for my private pilots license. I realize that while doing practice maneuvers there is not much chance of looking out for other aircraft while doing that. Or in general, for that matter: it is pretty hard to see other planes, even when you know about where they are. I have since learned of VFR... show more I am in training for my private pilots license. I realize that while doing practice maneuvers there is not much chance of looking out for other aircraft while doing that. Or in general, for that matter: it is pretty hard to see other planes, even when you know about where they are. I have since learned of VFR flight following. I did not learn it from my instructor, but from another student taking lessons at another flight school at a different airport. I did some checking and you can request it anytime during vfr flight and the controller will tell you if there is any traffic around, towers, etc. I thought "this is great, now I will feel safer when doing maneuvers or any type of vfr flying. So, the other student tells me they use it everytime they are flying.... even for just practicing maneuvers. I have asked my instructor a few times to teach me, and to use it, but he will not do so. He said he will show me when we do our first cross country. I asked him yesterday if we will use it during maneuvers and he said no. So, why not? Why not have the extra safety measure? Its doesn't cost anything... Why would the other flight schools use it, even just doing maneuvers? Should I just deal with it? I hear that instructors pass down bad habits from instructor to student all the time. Is this one of those bad habits getting passed down? Am I blowing it out of proportion?
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