Standard lessons vs Intensive courses – which is right for you?

If you are looking to learn to drive then you will probably have come across intensive driving lessons and courses in your searches. In this blog, we’ll take a look at how you can work out whether you’d benefit from an intensive course or if standard lessons would be a better fit for you. There are many factors that will influence your decision but we’ve tried to focus on the common ones to give you the advice and guidance you need to select the right type of lessons for you.

How long do you have to pass your test?

One of the simplest questions to ask yourself is do you have a set timeframe for learning to drive? Reasons for needing to learn to drive quickly often include: getting a new job, starting a family, moving to a new location or starting a business. In these cases, time is often the most critical factor as you have a set deadline for gaining your licence and an intensive driving course is probably the best option.

How do you learn?

Are you a quick learner? Do you need time to digest new information and take time to understand it? Intensive driving courses are a great match for people who are able to learn quickly but they also work well with people who need more practice as you will spend a lot of time in the car practising the different manoeuvres. By spending a lot of time in the car you will naturally get better at the different manoeuvres and progress towards gaining your licence.

Those who need time to digest information may do better with standard driving lessons, particularly if they are able to practice with a partner, parent or friend in between their lessons.

What will lessons cost?

Most people are surprised to learn that both methods of learning to drive are a very similar cost, the main difference is that with an intensive driving course you pay for your lessons up front with a single large payment. Standard lessons offer a way of spreading the cost of learning to drive over a longer period and so are very popular with students and parents alike.

Which has the better pass rate?

On a purely statistical basis, intensive driving courses have a higher pass rate than standard lessons. The main reason for this is that they allow students more time to practice manoeuvres and progress naturally. Most learners who have standard lessons only have the time or money for one lesson a week which does not give sufficient time to learn a new skill and practice it enough to become proficient. Intensive courses give students the time they need to properly practice new skills and apply them until they are confident and competent.

How many hours of tuition will I need to pass?

This is one of those questions that really depend on the aptitude of the learner and how quickly they pick up new skills. An intensive driving course can help to get new drivers ready to pass their test in as little as 1 to 2 weeks and in just 30 to 40 hours of driving tuition. According to the DVSA passing your test on average takes 45 hours of lessons.