Occasionally I am asked whether or not I provide intensive driving lessons but I am mindful that the term “intensive driving lessons” (or some people call them crash courses) is open to interpretation, so I’d like to provide my own definition and outline my approach to them.
Intensive Course – Regular half day sessions (3 or 4 hours), full day sessions (7 or 8 hours) or daily lessons (for at least 4 weeks).
Semi Intensive Course – 2 or 3 driving lessons a week (2 hour sessions), for at least 6-8 weeks.
Semi Intensive Starter – 2 or 3 driving lessons a week for 2-3 weeks (followed by regular weekly lessons).
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. However, learning to drive in an intensive manner is not a style of learning that suits everyone, so embarking on this route needs careful consideration.
In my view, a semi intensive start is good compromise, as it helps to avoid large gaps between the early lessons (when there are a lot of new skills to develop and a lot of information to retain). Obviously, again, it depends on the individual’s learning style but I am happy to give 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.
Do be aware that some driving schools advertise training in one or two weeks (essentially 40-60 hours of lessons over a very short period). I don’t offer such courses to brand new learners as I personally don’t think that this is a way to become a competent driver or a safe driver. Driving schools that offer such courses often give a false impression of passing the practical test after the course (but it’s important to be aware that no driving instructor or driving school can provide such a guarantee). It is also important to consider that the best driving instructors will be popular and, therefore, in high demand. It would , therefore, be unlikely that such an instructor would have space in their diary to dedicate such a large 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).
Before making a decision, you might want to read the testimony left by one learner who I taught to drive in a semi intensive and structured manner (she was a complete beginner and passed her test, on her first attempt, within 7 weeks) and consider taking semi intensive evening lessons during the lighter months of the year.
If you are interested in learning in a more intensive way (in the Nottingham area), I would welcome the opportunity to chat through your plans with you and would suggest that you contact me to outline your plans in more detail or book a Free Introductory Session (to enable us to discuss your plans in person) or, if considered more suitable, a Taster Session, to enable me to assess your initial capabilities and agree a plan going forward.
Well done Kieran on passing your test on your first attempt today (at Colwick Test Centre). Passing first time, with just one minor fault after only 28 hours of lessons is a remarkable achievement you should be proud of.
Thank you for assisting Kieran in successfully passing his test. We really appreciate it. (Kieran’s Mum)
Just to update that applications for the free AA Drive Confident Course (a 2 hour course designed by the AA Charitable Trust for Road Safety and the Environment, for drivers who want to increase their confidence on the road) has been temporarily been suspended (due to high demand).
If you have an urgent need to develop your confidence in any aspect of driving (and you live in Nottingham NG1-NG16), consider taking a refresher session with me, which can be specifically tailored to your precise requirements. If you are interested, do not hesitate to complete the contact form or call me today on 0798 011 1234 (or send an SMS).