Driving Lessons in Nottingham with Martin
How long will it take to learn to drive?
Before embarking on a plan to learn to drive, it is important to think about how many lessons you might need (both from a financial perspective and a sense of how long it might take). Although it is impossible to estimate precisely (before you’ve even had a few lessons), on average, it can take around 45-50 hours of lessons (over a period of 4-8 months) to learn to drive and meet the standard required to pass the test. However, this is an average (so some people will need more lessons and a few people will be ready to take their test earlier). There are several factors which will influence the length of time it takes to learn how to drive. Some people simply learn to drive more quickly than others but these are generally people who are more confident, have a more natural ability/co-ordination, can make swift decisions or may have already had some driving experience (perhaps starting with a parent) and have the opportunity to practice between lessons with friends or family or it may be that they simply live in a more suitable area to learn. In addition, generally speaking, the younger you are the less lessons you’ll probably need. Conversely, some people may need more than 50 hours of lessons (especially people who are slightly older, more nervous on the road, have an infrequent lesson plan, are not naturally co-ordinated or whose learning style requires more time to practice activities). The important thing to remember is that driving is a skill for the rest of your life, so be prepared to learn at your own pace.
Driving Lesson Length
I generally provide driving lessons in sessions that last either 1½ hours or 2 hours with the length of a session depending on personal circumstances, preferences and learning styles. A 2 hour lesson is the most cost effective, as there is as much learning time as you would get from 3 x 1 hour lessons (and a 2 hour lesson is far cheaper than 3 x 1 hour lessons). However, for many people, a 2 hour session can be quite intensive and quite tiring. In my experience, the 1½ hour lesson is probably the most effective for the majority of people and it still provides almost as much learning time as 2 x 1 hour lessons. Please note that I only consider one hour lessons for pupils who have already learned the core driving skills, are close to test standard and live within a test route area.
I do find that many people benefit from a semi intensive start (e.g. a couple of lessons a week, perhaps for the first couple of weeks) or having a couple of lessons a week, so I do provide semi intensive lessons, subject to my availability, tailored to your needs. While I have delivered truly intensive courses before, this can be very difficult to fit into my existing, and usually busy, diary commitments so it depends on your precise requirements and my availability at the time. For people looking for a course of either semi-intensive or intensive driving lessons, it is recommended that you book a Free Introductory Session so that we can discuss your plans in more detail.
All your driving lessons commence and finish at an agreed location. This can be home, work, school, college or university and can start and finish at different locations (if agreed with me in advance). Please click here to see details of my slots times.
Your First Driving Lesson
Your very first driving lesson will focus on learning about routine safety checks as well as providing a full explanation (and practical use) of the car’s main controls and instruments. Regardless of the length of the first lesson, you can expect to move off, change gear and stop the car in this lesson (as a minimum).
The First 15 minutes of a Driving Lesson
For the first 10-15 minutes of each subsequent driving lesson, we will start by recapping on what was learnt from the previous lesson and, if applicable, discuss any practice driving that you have had between your driving lessons. This discussion will help us agree the objective for the rest of the driving lesson (which may include further practice on a previous subject as well as progressing to a new area). We will then drive to an area that is suitable for the objective of the lesson (for the first few lessons, depending upon your location, I will drive you to and from a suitable area for the learning subject).
Driving Lesson Subjects
Your driving lessons will cover the following subjects:
There is a clear structure to my driving lesson plans, reflecting the DVSA Driver’s Record. However, in line with the DVSA’s approach to client centred learning, I also take into account areas that you’d like to focus on and allow you to take ownership of your learning. Encouraging you to learn at your own pace, I also look to use different techniques to best suit your learning style and be flexible to your circumstances (e.g. if you live near roundabouts, it is likely that you will want to cover roundabouts far sooner and in more depth than someone who doesn’t live anywhere near a roundabout).
The Last 15 mins of each Driving Lesson
Within the last 15 minutes of your driving lesson, we will commence driving back to your dropping off point. The aim is to arrive at about 5 minutes before the end of your lesson, so that we can both reflect on how the lesson went, answer any questions you might have and review your overall. This reflection also helps us both plan ahead for the next driving lesson and allows me to provide you with some guidance on areas you might want to focus on before the next driving lesson (especially if you are able to practice between driving lessons).
Before the Test
Keeping your record of progress updated and monitored at the end of each session will help me assess when you are getting ready to take your test. A few weeks before you take your driving test, I will give you a mock driving test, in the test route area. The mock test is designed to help us identify if there are any areas that need further practice but will also help you prepare for what to expect on the day. I also recommend a driving lesson on the day before your test, to help support you in the final stages of your preparation for the test.
The day of the Test
A 2 hour session is required for the day of the test, including an hour session before to the test. This will allow you to get used to the driving the car immediately prior to the test (and get used to the road/driving conditions of the day) and give us the opportunity to discuss any last moment concerns you may have.
After the Test
After you have passed your test, you will be able to drive all alone! However, it is also important to remember that learning comes through experiencing different driving situations and that the best drivers are those who realise that they will continue to learn long after passing their test.
If you do have any queries once you have passed your test, I am only a phone call away. I would, however, encourage you to consider taking the Pass Plus course (see the separate page on my web site) as a useful transition and explore aspects that we will not have covered (such as motorway driving).