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Intensive Driving Courses

Please read an updated article regarding intensive driving lessons.

The term intensive driving courses (or sometimes referred to as crash courses) can mean different things to different people so I thought I’d outline my own definition and highlight my approach to them.

Semi Intensive Course – 2 or 3 driving lessons a week (2 hour sessions), for at least 6 weeks.

Semi Intensive Starter – 2 or 3 driving lessons a week for 2-3 weeks (followed by weekly lessons).

Intensive Course – Regular half day sessions (3 or 4 hours) or full day sessions (7 or 8 hours) or daily lessons (for at least 4 weeks).

Learning in an intensive manner is not a style of learning that suits everyone. In my experience, the people who benefit most from such intensive courses are those who do not have the opportunity to practice between lessons, or have a requirement to reach test standard within a shorter time frame, and are focused individuals who can commit to and are used to an intensive style of learning.

A semi intensive start is good compromise option as a way to help kick start the process of learning to drive (although, again, it depends on the individual’s learning style) and I am happy to give semi intensive courses or semi intensive starter sessions to new learners and will also consider a semi intensive course for people who already know the basics and are approaching test standard.

Some driving schools offer full training (e.g. 40-45 hours) in one or two weeks. I don’t offer such courses to brand new learners as I personally don’t think that anyone who learns that way can be a competent driver or a safe driver within a week or two and such courses give a false impression of being certain of passing the practical test after the course (which no driving instructor or driving school can guarantee).  It is also important to consider that most good and reputable driving instructors will be in high demand and, therefore, unlikely to have the capacity to dedicate such a vast amount of time to one learner for a week or two.  You also need to bear in mind that the average waiting time for a practical test is about 8 weeks (and can only be booked after the theory test has been passed).

If you are interested in learning in a more intensive way (in the Nottingham area), I would recommend that you contact me to outline your plans in more detail. I would probably suggest booking an Introductory Meeting (to enable us to discuss your plans) or a Taster Session, to enable me to assess your initial capabilities and agree a plan going forward.

Pass Plus Course

The cost of my Pass Plus course (3 x 2 hour sessions) has been reduced today to £145 (the minimum price charged by the AA in Nottingham is £168). If additional sessions are needed, these are charged at £20 per hour.

The price of the course is reduced even further (to £126) for pupils who have learned to drive with me (taking all their driving lessons with me).

Pass Plus is not a driving test but a course (minimum of 6 hours) that builds on your current skills and knowledge, aiming to help you anticipate, plan for and deal with all kinds of hazards, and help you become a more confident driver.

The Pass Plus course consists of the following six modules, dealing with driving in different conditions:

Driving around a town

All weather driving

Driving in the countryside

Driving at night

Driving on dual carriageways

Driving on motorways

For more details, click here