One Week Pass – Intensive Driving Course
Intensive driving courses take you from absolute beginner to passing your practical driving test in as little as a week, so it is far quicker than taking weekly lessons. Call us on 01262 650 181 or book your course online.
36 Hour Course – £1057
£445 Deposit – Pass in 7 to 14 days – Free Theory Training
36 Hours – The cost also includes your driving test fee. Perfect for those who want a little more time than the 30 hour course offers. The extra 6 hours help you build confidence and pass your test.
What’s Included In Your Intensive Course
A typical intensive driving course will begin with you gaining an understanding of the controls and instruments of the vehicle; teach you how to drive away from a parked position in safety; the use of mirrors; how to use the gears, clutch, and brakes; and get you to a point where you are reasonably confident driving on a quiet back road.
Once you have got a grasp of the basic controls and movements the instructor will progress on to teaching you a hill start, what to do at crossroads and roundabouts, (including correct signalling on a roundabout dependent on which exit you are going to use), T-junctions, and difficult turns.
Next you will begin to focus on the manoeuvres that feature prominently in the driving test such as reversing around a corner, reverse parking, parking in a bay, handling pedestrian crossings, and a three point turn in the road.
After this you will be taught how to drive on dual carriageways, how to overtake, how to brake in an emergency, and you will be required to drive independently without instructions from the instructor. You will spend several hours working on enhancing your skills, and going over any points on which the instructor may consider that need improving.
The last hour of your course will be reserved for your test, by which time you will have learned and polished up your performance for the big moment.
It is worth noting that there are some driving schools who will aim to rush you through a course with the sole object of getting you through the test. This can be very dangerous. At The UK Driving Centre our objective is to get you through the test, certainly, but most importantly to ensure that you have sufficient skills to be able to drive in safety once you are allowed out on the roads on your own. We teach you the skills that you need and will use for life.
Why Take An Intensive Driving Course?
Recent government figures show that the average learner driver will have 52 one hour lessons and take approximately 14 months to pass the test, so for those who want a quick solution an intensive driving course (also known as a “crash” course) is the answer.
Benefits Of An Intensive Driving Course
There are several benefits to taking an intensive driving course in addition to the sheer speed at which you can obtain a licence. To begin with, the overall cost of an intensive driving course will be less – as little as half the cost of taking weekly lessons – since the course will be over in approximately 30 hours as opposed to the average 52 hours. Remember that 52 hours is an average, so many learner drivers take considerably longer than that.
However, cost is not the only benefit. A student taking an intensive course is very likely to complete it in full and go on to pass the test. On the other hand, students who are taking weekly lessons often become bored and drop out. Then they may take up lessons again later on, but have forgotten a lot of what they learned earlier and so have to repeat the lessons.
On an hourly basis it always takes a few minutes to settle down and to recall exactly what we learned on the last lesson, and indeed the instructor may want to spend a few minutes going over it. Then towards the end of the lesson it is usual for students to slack off and drive at reduced efficiency. The result is that in a lesson of one hour the actual peak operating time may only be 40 minutes or so. In the case of intensive driving lessons the same thing applies, but the lesson may be of up to six hours (with a couple of short breaks), so the “down time” as a percentage is considerably less.
Furthermore, when taking weekly lessons it is quite possible to forget some of the things you learned a week ago, whereas if you had six hours of lessons yesterday it is easier to recall them.
The same thing also applies to your instructor. He needs to remember the things you did or did not do correctly last week, despite having his notes, and he needs to go over the points that the student was not so strong on. Since a week ago he has also conducted perhaps another 40 or 50 lessons with 40 or 50 other students. It is a much simpler task when he spent six hours with the same student only yesterday.
Intensive Driving Courses Are Convenient
An intensive driving course can also be extremely useful for learner drivers who have very busy schedules such as school or college programmes or apprenticeships and do not have a lot of spare time during the course of their daily lives. You can book an intensive driving course to take place whenever it’s convenient for you, for example, having booked a week off work to complete your course. The course can be tailored to fit your requirements, so could, for instance, be extended out to ten days or so.
However, despite the benefits there are a couple of other things to take into consideration. It may be difficult for some students to drop everything else for a week or ten days.
Furthermore, such courses are, by definition, intense and a substantial amount of concentration from the student is required. Some people may simply not have the capacity to take in a considerable amount of information and act on it in the space of a short time frame, so an intensive driving course may not be suitable for everyone.
It should also be noted that an intensive driving course cannot be started tomorrow. It is usually designed so that the last hour of the course is devoted to the test, so that has to be booked, and in addition the course has to fit in with the instructor’s timetable as he also has other students to attend to.