A large number of learners opt for 2 hour driving lessons, and if cost wasn't a factor, almost every pupil would be
doing the same thing.
The benefits of a longer driving lesson are obvious, at first glance, to everyone learning to drive. More time in the car means
more of the syllabus gets covered during each session.
Actually, if we look more closely at a 2 hour driving lesson we find that the main advantage is the amount of time the pupil
gets to practice what has been taught. Therefore, it doesn't always follow that you would cover more subjects during the time, although it does
allow for it, or at the very least, the introduction of a new subject in preparation for the next lesson.
One of the most important parts of pupil development, and a technique which Driving Instructors are taught to use, is rote learning.
A simple concept which basically means repeated practice of a routine; turning right at a junction for example. Unlike
knowledge learnt in a classrooom, when we're driving, we are training our mind and our body.
Sports coaches refer to 'muscle memory', this is where repeated practice enables our muscles to carry out an action without having to
think about it, subconsciously as it were.
In a driving scenario, for a pupil to reach test standard; changing gear, moving off, slowing down etc., has to be second
nature. To get to that point means repeated practice, or rote learning.
In reference to a 2 hour driving lesson, the benefits over a 1 hour lesson are apparent. With twice as long in the car, the
Driving Instructor can repeat an exercise many more times. The pupil's muscle memory is reinforced which means a stronger foundation for the next subject.
It also means that in subsequent lessons, the pupil won't have to cover as much old ground after the break between lessons.
Ultimately, the advantages of the 2 hour driving lessons should show when the pupil nears test standard, as this is when
most of the repetition takes place. The pupil knows what to do, but needs to reinforce it so that it becomes second nature (just like experienced drivers).
In a nutshell, the extra time spent practicing in the 2 hour lessons potentially means that a pupil will get to test standard faster
than someone doing 1 hour a week, because there was more rote learning and less catching up to do each time.
Another advantage of taking a 2 hour driving lessons is the price. Driving lessons aren't cheap but nearly all schools
offer a better hourly rate when you book 2 hours instead of 1.
It can feel like you are spending a lot of money if you look at the 2 hour lesson as a one-off. But, if you look at the whole
course, you will see that you are actually saving money.
In summary, 2 hour lessons are preferred by Driving Instructors because it means more practice time for the pupil. You
will be saving money over the whole course - even though it doesn't feel like it when you are handing the money over!