Are Intensive Driving Courses for Me?

When someone decides to learn to drive, like a lot of things in life these day’s, they want it (their licence to drive) like, yesterday! There may be genuine reasons for someone needing to pass their test quickly; a new job, going abroad, during college/university holidays etc. These are known as Intensive Driving Courses (Crash Courses).

So, what is an intensive driving course?

Everyone is different and the number of hours practice necessary to reach the appropriate standard for the driving test will vary from person to person. Experience has shown, the number of hours required for the average person varied between twenty five to thirty five. Obviously, some people will do this quicker and others longer. A lot depends on their previous road experience (had driving instruction before, driven a moped), their level of spatial awareness (the the skill of judging distance, speed and angles) and any private practice they may undertake. Some people take to driving like a duck to water, others do not!

Driving crash courses are simply having that number of hours of driving lessons over a quicker period. That could be over a few day’s a few weeks or longer. “Great! My driving licence in a week!” – not necessarily so. If you try and get say, 40 hours of training done in 7 day’s, the 7 day’s will be very intense and possibly stressful for you. Now, some people can cope with this and others not. If you are someone that may struggle with that pace of learning and stress, then you may not be ready for your driving test at the end of that week.

Most people adopt a ‘middle of the road’ approach and have say, 10 hours in a week (2 hours per day). That way, as the driving lessons are spread over 1 month, they have more time to take in and digest the new information and driving skills they are learning. Still, one month is better than 1 lesson per week over 40 weeks!

What Intensive driving courses are not

They are not a ‘magic pill’ to gaining a licence to drive on the public roads. There is no such thing as a guaranteed driving test pass – nobody could guarantee that! At the end of the day, it is you and you only that will be taking the driving test. Errors do happen and nerves may play a part in that. If you see driving schools claiming this, investigate. The guarantee could simply be that if you fail your driving test, they will provide another driving test at their cost.

If you do need to pass your test quickly, it is best to talk to a number of driver trainers to see what deals they offer and how they relate to you during your initial talk. Also, before booking and paying for your intensive driving course up-front (most training establishments will require this to confirm such a courses) you should plan to have a lesson or two from your shortlist to see how you actually get on with them and that their teaching practices tie in with your style of learning.

The Driving Schools Directory offers an Driving Crash Courses Pupils Enquiry Service that, after you have completed a few basic details, they will contact all the driving instructors in your chosen area and those driving instructors will make contact with you. This takes out much of the trawling around for you and makes the process of organising your driving crash course far easier.

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This post was written by Noel D'Costa on August 10, 2010

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