Why take an intensive driving course?
When it comes to an Intensive Driving Course, it is totally down to you and your needs to think if this is the best option there are a few factors to keep in mind and we will go through those in a second.
At Driver Training Ltd we have trained 100’s of people to pass their driving test first time with Intensive Driving Courses, so we speak from having a wealth of knowledge with both courses and weekly driving lessons
But what I’d like to do first is dispel a couple of myths around Intensive driving courses.
Myth 1 – You will be taught how to pass your test and not how to drive in the real world.
FALSE – Passing your driving test is EXACTLY how you will drive in the real world – The driving test is the same for everyone whether you have taken 2 weeks or 2 years learning to drive!
The test routes are the same – The driving examiners standards are the same – The traffic, pedestrians and scenarios you will face on your driving test differ from minute to minute!
So, to pass your driving test is a matter of showing how you deal with real world scenarios that are happening on your driving test. That is the same for everyone regardless of how long it has taken you to get to test standard.
Myth 2 – You can’t learn what you need to in 1 or 2 weeks.
FALSE – Ask most driving instructors “How many lessons roughly will I need to reach driving test standard, from new?” – They will likely reply “Most people take between an average of 35 to 45 hours”.
The DVSA recommends an average of 60-65 hours including private practice.
Interesting that they do not say you will need 6 -12 months of lessons! Why? Because its not the length of time that matters, but the number of hours!
So, if you have 40 hours of training over 4 weeks or 40 hours of training over 4 years, you have still only been driving for 40 hours.
Myth 3 – You need more time to allow things to sink in
FALSE – Depending on your learning ability, if you have trained to do anything, starting a new job or trying to find your way around at a new school or college – Imagine trying to learn the guitar or piano and only being able to practice for 40-45 minutes and then going home again and not doing it again until the following week!
And then it only lasting for 40-45 minutes! It would become frustrating, because you know the more time you spend doing it, the quicker you get the hang of it, the easier it becomes and the more you enjoy it!
The same is true with an intensive driving course.
Myth 4 – Car sharing – You normally have to share the car with other learners throughout the day. So you will sit in the back seat and watch someone else learn at the same time too
TOTALLY FALSE – Any driving instructor who does this should be replaced as quickly as possible!! Even for weekly driving lessons you are paying me for an hour of my undivided time in teaching you.
You should NEVER have to share a car with another student under any circumstances – and on an intensive driving course, whatever hours you have paid for, those hours are spent with you as the sole trainee in the car!
Myth 5 – You will not be able to experience different types of weather. Driving in the rain is completely different to driving whilst it is dry. What if it does not rain during the week you are being taught
This is the same whether you take weekly driving lessons or an intensive driving course!
You may book one hour on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday at the beginning of June for 10 weeks and go for your driving test in August and throughout June, July and August not seen a drop of rain.
I’ve lost count of the number of times pupils on normal driving lessons will say, “oh its raining/foggy/Sunny my others lessons have all ben when its …..”
If you can schedule lessons knowing guaranteeing what the weather is going to be… You should be the world’s greatest fortune teller!
WhyTake An Intensive Driving Course
So now we have exposed those common myths we are going to investigate the positives and negatives of taking an intensive driving course opposed to a more traditional approach of lessons on a weekly basis.
If you are in not sure about having crash course lessons, hopefully after reading this article – you will have more knowledge on the subject, which will enable you to make the right choice for you as an individual.
We are assuming you have passed your theory – that is why you are looking into intensive driving courses. If this isn’t the case and you haven’t passed your theory yet – I strongly suggest downloading the app onto your phone (£4.99 currently) of Driving Test Success or the Official DVSA theory test app.
Positives of an Intensive Driving Course
This is because not only is it your sole focus for one or two weeks, but also it gives us more opportunity to do mock tests.
The more you experience driving test conditions of your instructor not helping you in any way and you learning to deal correctly with things that go wrong – The more likely you are to pass your driving test first time
Negatives of a Driving Crash Course
How much is a driving crash course?
With any service, it varies. Typically, from our research the price range is around £700-£1200. This is if you are completely new driver. Remember though, the quality of your teacher is more important than the price. If you fail your driving test, you will just end up paying more money. Choose wisely, with the focus on their reputation coming first.
Summary of Intensive Driving Lessons
In our opinion, there is no right or wrong answer. There are valid points for both the methods.
Meaning, you need to do what you think would be best for you as a person.
An important thing you should do, is ask other people. What do your parents think of this idea? Your friends, I mean, if you could find different people who have experienced both methods this would be absolutely fantastic.
You could ask them to present you with the pros and cons from their experience.
Reasons for opting against Intensive Driving Lessons
- You can’t concentrate for long periods
- Affordability – you need a lump sum
- You don’t have a logical reason for wanting to pass quicker.
Reasons for opting for a Driving Crash Course
- You have a valid reason for wanting to pass quickly other than excitement
- You would be prepared to take on more tuition after the pass. A Pass plus for example
- You are forgetful (forcing all the information into your brain quickly may be beneficial)
Ok… so hopefully at this point you have an idea of which method is best for you.
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