I want to learn to drive in 1 week!
The intensive driving course is the first place someone looks if they want to learn to drive as quickly as possible. Virtually
every driving school in the UK offers intensive driving courses. However, the perception a learner has of the course, and the reality of what it entails, are
two completely different things!
Everyone learns at a different speed - whatever they are studying. So, the expectations of taking a
1 week intensive driving course rarely live up to the result. Any good Driving Instructor will tell you that it is impossible to get to
driving test standard in 1 week. Let alone actually taking a driving test!
The best advice for anyone thinking of taking an intensive driving course is to be realistic. Don't expect to have a full driving
licence at the end of the course - there are quite a few reasons behind this.
Intensive Driving Courses - What to expect...
Depending on what stage of driving you are at, there are many benefits to an Intensive Driving Course. Most Intensive Driving
Courses are around 30 to 40 hours hours long and are typically spread over anthing from 1 to 4 weeks.
has a big learning curve in the first few driving lessons. If you condense this into a few days,
there is a hell of a lot to take in, remember, practice and improve on. A pupil that learns at an average speed would hopefully have a reasonable grasp
of driving by the end of a 5 day Intensive Driving Course. That is, they will have practiced (to some degree), all the skills required, but will still need
coaching and more experience of practical everyday driving.
Partly Trained Pupil:
Is more likely to get to test standard from Intensive Driving Lessons. This is because the
Driving Instructor will spend a shorter time reinforcing what the pupil has already learnt, and a lot more time in 'real life' driving situations on the road.
It is 'real life' driving practice that eventually gets a pupil to driving test standard.
Intensive Driving Courses - The benefits...
Whether you are able to take in and remember a lot of information or not, an Intensive Driving Course will, at the very least,
bring down the amount of time it takes to get to driving test standard. A one hour driving lesson per week can mean it takes a few months to get the point
where you are able to apply for the driving test. With an Intensive Driving Course, you are shortening this period dramatically.
So, the benefits for a Beginner are that an Intensive Driving Course will take weeks off the time it takes to learn to drive.
The benefits for a Partly Trained pupil is that they are likely to be able to apply for the test at the end of the Intensive
Driving Course - bearing in mind they will be able to continue to practice whilst waiting for the test date.
Intensive Driving Courses - Different types...
You will find various deals and offers on Intensive Driving Courses - the cost per driving lesson will always
be cheaper when you book a lot of lessons upfront with a Driving School. However, it's the period of time over which the lessons take place that will effect
the chances of passing the test.
1 week Intensive Driving Course (5 days) - A hell of a lot to take in in such a short period. It is almost impossible for a complete
Beginner to get to test standard in this time. A pupil that is already partly trained will find this a lot more beneficial and is more likely to be nearer the point where they
can apply for a test
2 week Intensive Driving Course (10 days) - Slightly more time to take the information in and practice it (even better
if extra practice can be done away from the driving lessons). An average Beginner who is not able to get extra practice is unlikely to be at the stage where they can
pass a driving test - based on the amount of 'real life' driving practice. A partly trained pupil should have a good chance of being at test standard
4 week Intensive Driving Course (20 days) - Given the offers we've highlighted, this scenario gives the best chance for an
average Beginner to achieve the standard required to pass the test. This is purely down to the amount of time there is to practice outside of the Intensive
Driving Course. If it is not possible to practice, the chances of passing diminish due to the lack of 'real life' driving practice. A partly trained pupil
should have an excellent chance of passing the test at the end of this course.
Intensive Driving Courses - Warning...
Many pupils are disappointed at the end of an Intensive Driving Course - mainly because they expect to have a full driving licence!
So, as a gentle warning, please remember the following points:
Very few pupils (especially a Beginner) can learn how to drive AND pass the driving test in 1 week, 30 hours,
10 days or whatever the particular Instensive Driving Course offer is.
Many driving schools will NOT put a pupil forward for a test if they don't think they are a safe enough driver - whether they
have completed an Intensive Driving Course or not.
Often driving schools offer an Intensive Driving Course AND Driving Test. However, if the pupil is not at a safe enough standard
after the Intensive Driving Course, many driving schools rely on lessons taken during the waiting time for the test date to improve the pupil's driving skills.
For example, getting a driving test appointment can take up to 6 weeks.
Always look at the Terms and Conditions of Intensive Driving Courses for any Driving School. One of the most contentious points
to bear in mind is the possibility that a pupil doesn't get along with the Driving Instructor. It happens! Check what the Driving School Terms and Conditions say
about this e.g. how much of the money you paid up front will be refunded if you decide to cut the course short?
Remember to ask questions about the Intensive Driving Course before you pay!!
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