Intensive Driving Lessons
All you could hope to know about intensive driving lessons in an interesting and useful article, including;
- What are intensive driving lessons?
- Why are intensive driving lessons so popular?
- Would intensive driving lessons suit my personality?
- Where do I find intensive driving lessons?
- What do I need to start?
What Are Intensive Driving Lessons?
Intensive driving lessons is a course of lessons taken very close together, usually over a week or two, with long driving sessions of 3-6 hours per day. The last 2 hours of your booking are used for your test and you are offered one upfront price for the entire course. The lessons themselves are described as ‘intense’ because you are taking frequent, long lessons in a short period of time and therefor the learning experience is much more intense.
There are two type of intensive driving lessons. ‘Non-residential’ and ‘Residential’ With non-residential lessons a local instructor drives to you for the start of each day. For residential intensive courses you go and stay in an area near your instructor and the test centre at which you will sit the practical exam. Non residential courses are much more popular but the way in which your lessons are structured is exactly the same. Intensive courses are also known as ‘crash courses’, ‘learn-in-a-week driving course’ and ‘fast pass driving course’.
Intensive Driving Lessons – the Pros
- You can past much faster and spent less time learning to drive
- You have fewer distractions from work, uni or your family between lessons
- You can improve faster with intense coaching on some areas that you find difficult
- It can save you a lot of money by booking and paying for all your lessons in one go
- You can do this course over a 1 or 2 week holiday from your job
- These courses can be handy if you need to pass quickly for work
Intensive Driving Lessons – the Cons
- You don’t typically know who your instructor is or speak to them when booking your lessons (unless of course you use LPL!)
- There is a time pressure on you to learn as fast as possible – this means some areas you would spend longer on during a traditional course will only get a brief lesson during an intensive driving course
- You need to have time available to take this type of driving course – lots of hours each day might not work around your job or daily life
- You will need to have the full amount of money available from your first lesson -with a longer course you may be able to save up money for each new lesson during the week whereas a deposit will be due upon booking an intensive course and the balance due on your first lesson
- It is no doubt easier to learn the skills you need for safe driving for life over a longer period of time
Why Are Intensive Driving Lessons so Popular?
Intensive courses offer you the chance to pass sooner than a standard driving course. This is a very attractive idea if you don’t have much time, if you need to learn quickly for your job or if your theory test certificate/provisional licence is expiring.
Residential courses are popular with learners in London who find the price of lessons in Blackpool, a break from the city and the idea of a week by the seaside as an attractive proposition. These courses are a lot less popular than 5 years ago as now you can find great deals on local instructors with services like LPL and all instructors offer some variation of an intensive driving lessons course.
Would Intensive Driving Lessons Suit my Personality?
While there are all different types of instructors each with their own teaching style, some humorous, some strict and so on, there is less time for this approach during an intensive driving course. You will have plenty of time to correct mistakes and the longer sessions in car allow for some relaxed driving time but your instructor will ensure you move through the syllabus quickly. This can mean pressure to some people and freedom to learn as quickly as possible to others depending on your personality.
Are you the type of person who does well under pressure? Do you find you can’t remember lots of information at once? In this case perhaps a more standard driving course would suit you better. Or are you the type of person who appreciates a strict approach? Do you learn better when you are focused on one subject without distraction? Then an intensive driving course could help you pass faster.
We asked some newly qualified drivers what they thought of intensive driving lessons:
Katie from London said,
I did an intensive driving course in November and passed 1st time, it was quite expensive but def worth it!
I had about 10 lessons 5 years ago some some experience of driving but not much. When I booked my intensive course I got a deal for 5 hours a day Monday-Friday (25hours) which is what was suggested for confident people who have no experience. The days are quite long and tough though so if this is stressful they might not be ideal.
If you don’t have a lot of spare time and want to pass quickly i would def go on one!
Jodie from Kent agrees,
I tried a few different driving instructors – let’s just say I was not a natural to start with In the end I booked an intensive course and after that I walked it
I found that because I was so nervous, it took me the first half of a normal driving lesson to settle into my driving before and I felt like I was making any progress. During the intensive driving course, each session was for 3 hours so I got a lot more ‘relaxed’ driving time if that makes sense.
Are intensive driving lessons for everybody? Maybe not I think it depends on your personality type, for me it was definitely the right thing to do and I don’t think I would have passed had it not been for the longer sessions.
Archie from Manchester has a different view,
Intensive driving lessons are pointless IMO.
You cannot learn how people react on the roads in 7 days or whatever it is. People do some very strange things while driving a car and it is best to take your time to learn about this with a professional instructor beside you I think. That way you will gain some proper mileage on the roads and have good advice to follow when something crazy happens after you pass. Sure it will probably take you longer but you are more likely to pass 1st time.
Also most people take around 45 hours of lessons on a normal course so if you are cramming that learning into a shorter period of time then its going to be harder to remember. I think a standard course is more popular for this reason.
Jackson from Liverpool feels the same way,
My friends at college took an intensive driving lessons course over the summer holidays. Everyday of her lessons and the test was sunny but she had never driven in the dark, rain etc and was panicking the first time she was out in the car and it rained. She ended up getting the bus home and getting her parents to pick the car up!
You can’t experience everything in a week! If I was to start over I’d try ‘semi-intensive’ rather than dragging it out as long as I did but not trying to cram it all into a week. Just my opinon though,
A driving instructor commented on a previous version of this article about this specifically;
Stephen Murgatroyd, a driving instructor from Edinburgh says,
One thing I would definitely like to say is that it really helps to have a little experience!!! I encourage all my intensive students to get as much practice in before hand as possible to develop some control skill. It’s so much quicker teaching someone who has control skills but lacks road experience! For some people control skills will always be a stumbling block which leads to panic during the test. These students often benefit more from a traditional course of driving lessons.
So mixed feelings from newly qualified drivers and a considered point from Stephen. As Jodie learned even after a long break, with a little experience of driving, perhaps simply sitting in the driving seat a couple of times, pulling away safely and driving in a straight line, you can jump into the learning faster on an intensive driving course. Graham is quite correct though, cramming might help you remember things short term but its also harder to remember these lessons longer term.
Where do I Find Intensive Driving Lessons?
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Intensive Driving Lessons – What Do I Need to Start?
- Have passed your theory test & have your certificate – you need to pass your theory test before you can sit the practical exam which will be the last day of your intensive driving course so have it before you start
- Have your provisional driving licence – the cost for this and how to go about getting it can be found in our article How Much Do Driving Lessons Cost
- Have the money to pay for the course upfront – you may have to pay a deposit to book and then pay the rest to your instructor on the first day of the course
- Have the time in your schedule to fit in day after day of driving – most intensive driving lessons are during the day so if you have a full time job you will need to find a driving instructor who can work around this
- Choose the length of course you want – intensive driving courses can range from 20 – 40 hours and the most popular option is around 30 hours. For this you will receive between about 6 hours each day (Monday – Thursday), and the remaining 6 hours split over a final driving lesson and your test on the Friday afternoon
- Find out the availability of test slots in your area – you don’t want to book an intensive course that finishes weeks before available test dates nor do you want to book only to find out your preferred instructor is busy that week, 6-8 weeks in advance is usually enough time to plan with your instructor and your test centre
There you have it! Everything you could hope to know about intensive driving lessons and more I hope that this helps you make your decision about which package of driving lessons suits you best.
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