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Few birthdays are as exciting as turning 17!
Some of your classmates may already taking lessons while others may have already passed. If you’re one of the youngest, it can seem like ages until you get behind the wheel for your first driving lesson.
Studies indicate that those who are younger in their year group tend to prefer passing their driving test in the quickest time possible. What is possible for them?
We’d like to take this opportunity to run you through the ins and outs of crash course driving lessons. Whether they are worth it, help you pass quicker and what they involve. We hope that this can help you make your decision on whether you think intensive driving lessons are right for you.
What is are crash course driving lessons?
The concept of a driving crash course might be totally new to you, while some of you may have already explored this topic.
In essence, they entail learning all of the material you need to pass your driving test in a short period of time. This will often require specialists or driving instructors who are used to teaching these types of ‘intensive’ or ‘crash’ courses.
You can book these courses if you are a beginner or if you’d like a quick refresher and haven’t been on the road for a while.
It is important to note that this route isn’t the best for everyone. Most instructors recommend between 40 and 50 hours spread over a longer period. Usually, 2-4 hours a week. We do, however, understand that peoples individual scenarios may not make this possible. These remain a popular option for learner-drivers trying to pass their practical driving test quickly.
Are there benefits of an intensive driving course?
As already mentioned, driving crash courses give provisional learner drivers the ability to have driving lessons in a much more crammed fashion. This allows them to take their practical test more quickly from when they initially started lessons.
Another clear potential benefit are the discounts attached relative to normal driving lessons. Given that you are most likely buying a block booking of hours in one go. You are more likely to get a discount on the driving lessons that you’ve purchased.
We see intensive driving lessons as being beneficial to learner-drivers who already have some time under their belt. As a result they know what they need to focus on. Crash course driving lessons can therefore help push learner-drivers with specific problems over the line. The likelihood of this is maximised through the intense nature of the driving lesson structure.
While we’ve examined the benefits of driving crash courses, it’s important that we also examine the negatives attached to engaging in intensive driving lessons.
Are there cons of an intensive driving course?
It is common knowledge that these driving courses are built to get you to pass your practical test in the fastest possible timeframe.
Given the intense nature of the lessons, it is likely that you will have limited experience when it comes to different weather, light and road conditions. This will prepare you less well for driving in conditions that may not be as favourable. For example, a very likely scenario is you passing your practical without ever having driven in the rain. This is an example of a scenario that is not exactly optimal.
Another point often made by driving instructors is the following: intensive driving courses teach you how to pass the test, but not how to drive. This may result in you learning the specific bits to pass the tests, but not really having the time or experience behind the wheel to actually feel comfortable behind it.
How else can I pass my practical driving test quickly?
You’ll be happy to know that crash course driving lessons aren’t the only option when it comes to getting on the road quickly. There are a number of other initiatives you can take to stack the odds in your favour of passing first time.
Just to stress this again, intensive driving lessons do not guarantee a pass. Anyone who offers you this you should always take with a pinch of salt.
Just to make sure it’s clear – a driving crash course doesn’t mean you’re necessarily going to pass your driving test. So, how can you help improve your chances as a learner driver?
Use your free time to practice driving
Tip one try and find yourself someone who has access to a car, is 21 or over and has had their license for over 3 years. They can legally help you in your spare time.
It’s important, however, to remember your insurance and L plates.
The key tip here is to apply for your provisional license as soon as you can, studying for and passing your theory test as quickly as possible and researching driving instructors in your area so that you won’t have to wait unnecessarily.
Online resources to help you in your journey
There are plenty of online resources to help you get through your driving lessons and get you on the road as soon as possible. Do as much research you can as possible for your first driving lesson. This should put you in great stead for you when you finally get in the car for your practical test.
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