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Do intensive driving courses work?

Do intensive driving courses work?

On average, learners require 52 hours of lessons and take over a year to pass their test, so the idea of passing your test in a week or so is a tempting one. 

 

An intensive driving course is pretty appealing, especially when you consider that an intensive saves you money as well as time.

 

However, it’s important to be realistic and practical. 

 

We’ve specifically looked at whether it’s really possible to learn to drive in a week before, but let’s now be a little more general: 

 

As a concept, do intensive driving courses actually work?

 

And if they do, why?

 

If you’re wondering whether you should take an intensive course, we’re going to look at the facts behind them so that you can make a more informed and rational decision.


Intensive courses have really high pass rates

 

If you take an intensive, you're really likely to pass the test at the end of the course.


Seriously, if you were to look at the stats, it's not even funny.


Intensive courses have a great pass rate, especially when compared to the average pass rate for normal lessons in the UK (which is only about 46%). 


Let us explain why...

 

Learning to drive is demanding. There’s plenty to think about and it you take lessons every week, it’s easy to forget what you were taught (certainly some of the more subtle things).

 

By contrast, intensives don’t allow for this to happen. Because of the frequency of the lessons, learners tend to pick up the fundamentals much quicker.

 

And of course, with an intensive, you’re usually taking a test after your last session whilst everything’s still fresh in your mind.


However, despite all this, let's make one thing really clear:


If you take an intensive course, we can’t guarantee that you’ll pass the test at the end. 


But no driving school can. All driving tests are carried out by independent examiners, so there’s no such thing as a guaranteed pass. 

 

And that's also the case if you were taking traditional driving lessons.


Ultimately, we can't speak for other driving schools. But if you choose to take an intensive course with us, we’re really confident that we can help any learner, so long as they choose a course befitting their level of skill, knowledge and experience.


How long does it take to pass a crash course?

 

It depends on the course you choose. 

 

We offer a number of different options, from short refresher courses for learners who’ve had lessons before, through to 40-hour intensives for beginners.

 

Everything comes down to previous driving experience and your level of skill, confidence and comfort.


And we give our pupils the chance to adjust the course (in terms of duration, plus adding lessons and removing sessions). So, the course schedule will also play a role. 

 

Are intensive driving courses safe?

 

Pupils learn exactly the same things on an intensive as they do when they’re taking lessons on a weekly basis, so they’re perfectly safe.

 

One argument against intensives is that pupils don’t pick up as much driving experience as they do with traditional lesson schedules.

 

That’s kind of true. Certainly as far as weather conditions go. If you book an intensive course in the summer, then you won’t know what it’s like to drive in icy conditions.

 

But if we stop and think about it, is this a truly valid argument? How much extra experience will you actually build up with one lesson a week over a number of months? It’s debatable.

 

And anyway, experience is relative. The likelihood is that you’ll see something new every time you get behind the wheel, so where do you draw the line?

 

Ultimately, we think that the test is there for a reason – to prove that you can drive safely. And if you can pass the test, you’re good to go.

 

Some people wonder if intensives are a good thing, but there are no short cuts and experience can be built up over time after you've passed your test.

 

Are intensive driving courses worth it?

 

You might be wondering whether intensive driving courses are worth it in terms of value. Well, in terms of time, it’s a no-brainer. 

 

The average learner in the UK takes over a year to become test-ready, so even if you were to take the longest course we offer and stretch it out over a few weeks, you’d still be saving months of your life.

 

That’s particularly important if you’ve got to pass your test quickly because of a job opportunity or if you need to travel to college.

 

As for money, a crash course will save you cash too. 

 

On the surface, it’s easy to become put off at the cost of most intensives.


They don’t seem that cheap at first glance, particularly when you’re laying down a deposit and then having to pay the rest quite soon after.

 

But, in reality, this is a mere inconvenience. A crash course will put money back in your pocket over the long-term. 

 

Suppose you were to have one lesson a week for a year (which is a conservative guess). If you had lessons with a driving instructor who charged £35 an hour, you’d be forking out £1,820.

 

That doesn't guarantee you a pass, nor does it include a theory test or a practical driving test.

 

Compare that to our pass-in-a-week course for instance, where you’ll pay £1,199, get all your tests arranged and paid for as part of the service, plus be much more likely to pass.

 

Money-wise, there's a huge difference – in this case, a saving of over £600. Then you've got the time element and the luxury of having everything sorted out for you.


Surely that’s got to be worth the short-term financial hit?

 

Can you handle what an intensive brings?

 

Many people ask if an intensive course is easy and the answer is no. Some people might find them okay but it’s challenging for most learners.

 

You learn the same things on an intensive as you would during traditional, long-term driving lessons… only on a much tighter schedule. Whilst a crash course might seem doable, don’t underestimate the extra stress that comes with having a test looming.

 

Suddenly, failing to grasp a particular manoeuvre becomes more frustrating and you need to prepare for a pretty hectic time.

 

Essentially, intensive driving courses are for people who need to pass their test quickly (maybe for a job or students who have to travel to college).


The point is, unless you're someone that works well under pressure, you need a reason for taking an intensive. You need a clear incentive.

 

If not, just wanting to pass quicker might not be a good enough reason to take one of these courses.

 

If you’re having second thoughts, don’t worry. Deciding whether to take an intensive or not isn't a question of coping with either a week of hell or boring lessons for months on end - there are plenty of options which will offer the best of both worlds.


How about a semi-intensive driving course as a compromise?

 

A semi-intensive driving course is spread out over a little more time. So, instead of racing through everything you need to learn in just a week or two, you could stretch out the schedule.

 

You’d still be saving loads of time and money. 

 

What happens if I start an intensive and don’t like it?

 

You might find an intensive course really easy, but we think it's important to be upfront about the demands that come with them so that you make the right decision for you. 


Because of the logistical demands of organising an intensive (from blocking out extensive sessions in an instructor's calendar through to booking tests), we don’t offer refunds once a course has started.


There might be an opportunity to adjust how the course plays out once it's started, but this is at your instructor's discretion. Once it's begun, it must be completed one way or another.

 

And whilst it’s our job to make sure you get a pass, we’ll need your help as well.

 

A crash course will require hard work and dedication. As such, for an intensive course to get the desire result, you’ll need to be highly motivated and to be good at coping under pressure. 


In summary, intensive driving courses definitely work, but only with the right learner.

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Failed your driving test? Here’s an 11-step action plan

Failed your driving test? Here's an 11-step
action plan to get you that pass

If you’ve recently failed your driving test, we feel your pain.

 

The thought of taking all those lessons and putting in so much hard work for nothing is pretty depressing, right?

 

But don’t chuck in the towel yet. 

 

For starters, realise that you’re not alone - failing a driving test is actually both perfectly normal and a very common occurrence. 

 

In fact, the pass rate in Britain has been hovering around 46% for the past decade. That’s right, around 1.4million people take a test every year and less than half of them pass it.

 

(And remember, we're talking about a general pass rate for drivers across the board. The specific rate for passing a test first time is even lower.)

 

Therefore, given how often this happens, the important thing is to work out why you failed, how to cope, how you can improve and precisely what you should do next.

 

You’ve probably got loads of questions and if you’re wondering where to go from here, don't worry - we've got your back.


This article will put your mind at rest, give you the answers you need and offer you direction.

 

We're going to start by running through some of the more common questions that learners ask themselves at this stage and putting things into perspective. Then we'll assemble all the info into an 11-step action plan to get you the pass you so desperately want.


If you’re still dreaming of freedom, let’s make this happen.


Why did I fail my driving test?

 

It’s important to remember what your examiner explained to you when your test finished.  


Hearing the awful confirmation is upsetting. But whilst you might have zoned out to your tester's summary, try to recall any feedback. You should also have a test report to look at, which will highlight the mistakes you made.


It's important to fully understand how you're actually tested.

 

No one drives perfectly and every time you take a test, you’ll be judged on how many faults you make. Examiners divide faults into 2 categories – minor and major faults.

 

Minor faults are errors that typically aren’t dangerous. Suppose you didn’t check your mirror when moving around a parked car. It's not ideal, but equally, it’s not something that will affect any other road users.

 

Major faults tend to be mistakes that potentially put you, the public or property in danger. Let's use the same example. Perhaps you didn’t check a mirror when moving around a parked car, but this time a cyclist was close behind.


It's the same error, but now someone's life was put in danger. This time, it's categorised as a major or serious incident.


How many errors can you make during a driving test?

 

On the driving test, pupils can make 15 minor faults and still pass, so it's not like you have to drive perfectly. Most people will make at least one fault during their test (last year, only 1% of UK learners passed their test with no mistakes).

 

However, it’s possible to make less than 15 minors and fail. It just depends on the type of minors being made. 

 

In other words, are they all related to same sort of thing?

 

For instance, consider a learner who was repeated making minor errors when it comes to checking mirrors. Even though we're talking about small faults in different scenarios, an examiner might assume a pattern of behaviour is developing and fail the pupil.

 

Meanwhile, it's a lot simpler at the other end of the spectrum - any major faults would automatically induce a fail. Anything serious and it's game over.


What's the most common reason for failing a driving test?

 

Obviously there are endless reasons why a learner driver might fail their driving test.


But whether you want reassurance or ideas of things to work on, the common reasons make for interesting reading.


In order, the top 10 reasons for UK learners failing the driving test are:


  1. Observation at junctions (11.9%)
  2. Use of mirrors (8.2%)
  3. Inappropriate speed (5.1%)
  4. Steering control (4.7%)
  5. Reversing around a corner (4.3%)
  6. Incorrect positioning (4.2%)
  7. Moving away safely (4.2%)
  8. Use of signals (4.1%)
  9. Reverse parking (3.7%)
  10. Turn in the road (3.5%)

How long do you have to wait until you can rebook your driving test?

 

Learners have to wait a minimum of 10 days before they can book and retake a driving course. However, some of the larger test centres have long waiting lists and you could be waiting a while.


But maybe that's not a bad thing?

 

Really, if you're trying to work out when you should book another driving test, you should consider the context of your previous disappointment.


In other words, did you fail just because of nerves? Or was the fail down to technical driving errors? And if so, how many errors are we talking about?

 

The answers to these questions will dictate the amount of extra tuition and practice you'll need in order to improve your chances of passing next time.


What happens if you fail a driving test multiple times?

 

In short, nothing. If you’ve failed your driving test more than once, don’t fret - there’s no maximum number of tests you can take.

 

Yes it’s frustrating to fail the driving test 3 times, 4 times or more (and your pride might take a hit), but it can easily happen. Again, you're not alone.

 

In 2017, 15,000 people took their test for the 6th time and their pass rate was a mere 38%. And in 2016, the DVSA announced that England’s worst 20 learner drivers had attempted the practical test more than 700 times between them.

 

And this should make you feel better:


The cheapest driving test costs £62, so if they paid that amount each time, that would equate to £43,000 spent solely on tests.

 

We don’t know whether any there are any world records for having the most failed driving tests, but the UK has its fair share of bad test results.

 

And whilst we can applaud the determination of someone who has taken 100s of tests, at some point, you have to take a step back and examine the method of instruction.

 

Perhaps some of these learners would have been better off with a more intensive and focused approach to driving tuition.


Why not use an intensive driving course to complete your training?

 

The natural urge might be to call up your previous driving instructor, tell them about your feedback, schedule in some more lessons, book another test and go again.

 

But are you sure that he or she can rebuild your confidence, interpret the driving test report well and bring you up to speed?

 

Using your previous instructor isn’t always the right thing to do. Their job is to make sure that you’re ready for your test and they previously thought you were up to standard before.


Whatever you did wrong, they essentially failed too and it might be an idea to get a fresh pair of eyes on your driving skills. 

 

And whilst you can always find a new instructor or choose a fresh driving school, it might be better to opt for an intensive course that’s specifically designed to complete your training and deliver a quick pass.

 

We offer an intensive courses that's especially for learners who’ve had lessons at other schools, failed their test and don’t want to wait ages for a pass.

 

Our intensives fill in any gaps and get the job done quickly.


It's a 12-hour course that's usually completed over 3 days and if you were to book yourself in, we'd arrange and pay for your test as part of the service.


But the point is, our crash course is delivered by a driving instructor who is trained to quickly ascertain what happened in your test and to make sure it doesn't happen again.


The level of sheer focus makes for a different ball game.


For us, that seems like a much better option than going back to the same driving instructor who couldn't get the job done last time.


It's also better than taking more of the same sorts of driving lessons, with no real idea whether they'll ultimately deliver what you want.


Something important to remember

 

Whether you return to your old instructor or not, it’s important to get back behind the wheel as soon as possible after your failed test. Just like a kid failing off a bike, you don’t want to overthink things and leave it too long.

 

Any extended break from driving can cause anxiety and worry to build up, which won’t help matters. Instead, see your fail for what it is… part of the journey.


Right, let's wrap all this up into something you can sink your teeth into...

How to recover and get a pass after 

failing a driving test (an 11-step action plan)

1

Take a w​​​​​ell-ea​rned break

There's no harm in forgetting about driving for a bit. Chill out for a day or two, put things into perspective and realise that in the UK, over 50% of people fail their driving test at any given time. What's happened is quite normal, no matter why you failed.

2

Examine the facts

Don't drive yourself mad thinking about what happened. Memories are imperfect

and your mind will play tricks on you. Look at your driving test report and revisit

the feedback from your examiner, because awareness is key.

3

Speak openly with other drivers

Again, loads of people fail driving tests. Many fail more than one. So talk about

what happened with friends and family members. Don’t bottle anything up because

that will hinder your ability to put this disappointment behind you.

4

Make a technical assessment

Decide the primary reason for failing. Was it nerves or was there one or more

technical issues that need working on? Either way, write it down on a piece of paper,

pin it up on a wall and be clear on what you need to improve for next time.

5

It's time to get driving again

Once your mini-break is over, it's important to get back behind

the wheel for a drive as soon as possible. Ask a friend or family member

to hop in a motor, even if you just go round the block.

6

Evaluate your previous tuition

Think about your previous driving lessons in conjunction with the errors that

caused the failure. Analyse whether your previous driving instructor is the right

person to bring you up to speed or if a fresh approach would be best.

7

Take some strategic action

Either call up your previous driving instructor, find a new driving school or

pick an intensive driving course that focuses on getting learners who have

previously failed a test to pass next time around.

8

Book another driving test

If you’re using a driving instructor, work on your skills and then book yourself

in for another driving test when you both think you’re ready. If you’re on an intensive,

don’t worry – the test will happen at the end of the crash course.

9

Prepare for the next test

Get ready for your next driving test by paying special attention to the areas 

where you struggled last time. Having a laser-focused approach and strengthening

your weaknesses will pay dividends when it comes to the big day.

10

Get your mentality right

The last time was just a blip. Think of the previous test as simply practice

and make sure you're confident. You were probably ready for your driving test

last time, but you're definitely in a much better position now.

11

It's time to grab that pass

Okay, it's showtime again. You have the necessary driving skills to pass

and because you've already experienced failure, you're actually in a solid position

mentally. The worst has happened before so there's nothing to fear.

Now it's over to you...

 

You might have failed a test, but it happens. Maybe you’ve failed more than once. It doesn’t matter. It’s time to move on and set your sights on the next target.

 

With us, you’re in safe hands.

 

You understand how many people fail tests and why. You also know what happened in your situation. And now have a logical and reliable plan to follow.


Something that will help you cope with and process what happened last time around.


Something that will give you a path to follow.


Something that's been created with just one goal in mind:

 

To help you pass your test.

 

Let’s get it done.

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Learning to drive: the complete step-by-step guide

Learning to drive: the complete step-by-step guide

The prospect of learning to drive is exciting, but in the beginning, the whole process can also seem a bit daunting. After all, you’ve probably got a bunch of questions that need answering. 

 

How old do you have to be to learn to drive in the UK? Do you need insurance when you’re learning to drive? Are there any medical restrictions for learners? What’s the deal with booking theory and practical tests?

 

We could go on. It’s intimidating, but thanks to us, you can rest easy - we’ve created a 14-step guide on learning to drive in 2019.


Yup, we think we can summarise the entire learning experience from start to finish in just 14 simple and methodical moves. 


Essentially, this article will bring you totally up to speed on what's required to pass your test. 


From insurance to legal requirements, health checks to test requirements, we’ve covered every angle to put your mind at rest.


And we've even included all the instructions, learning materials and third-party websites you'll need to get the job done.

14 steps to independence and freedom

1.

The first thing you need to do when you want to learn how to drive is make ensure that you’re legally allowed to take lessons in the first place.


Basically, anyone can have lessons so long as they are 17 and hold a provisional license in either Great Britain or Northern Ireland.


You can apply for a provisional license when you’re 15 years and 9 months old. It costs around £15 and can be applied for on the official GOV UK website.

2.

Time for some more housekeeping. Are you medically able to drive? Every learner must meet the minimum eyesight rules.


That means you need to be able to read a number plate from 20 metres away (and if you normally require glasses or contact lenses, they always need to be worn when you're driving). 


Aside from eyesight, check here to see if you have any health issues that will affect your driving.


You can be fined up to £1,000 if you don’t tell the DVLA about a medical condition that affects your driving and you could face prosecution if such an issue causes an accident.

3.

Let’s move onto preparing for the actual instruction itself. You might be deciding between having lessons with a driving school or with someone you know (or maybe planning on doing a bit of both).


If you want to practice driving with a friend or family member, make sure they're aged 21 or over and hold a full driving license (which they’ve held for at least 3 years).


The person accompanying you must also be qualified to drive the type of car you want to learn in - for example, they need a manual license if they’re supervising you in a manual car. 

4.

If you're a learner who wants to hit the road with someone you know at any stage, here are a couple of other rules you might be wondering about.


It’s illegal for your friend or family member to use a mobile phone while supervising you. In terms of passengers, you can drive with as many as the vehicle can legally hold.


You’ll need insurance if you’re practicing in a car that you actually own, but if you’re driving someone else’s car, check whether their policy covers you.


Most policies do, but it’s worth noting that some insurance companies require the person supervising to be over 25 years old.


And don't forget the car you’re learning in. Your vehicle of choice must display L-plates at all times and be registered with the DVLA. It also needs to be fully taxed and roadworthy (with a current MOT certificate).

5.

It’s a good idea to grab the Highway Code as soon as you can. The Highway Code contains information, advice and mandatory rules for all road users in the United Kingdom.


You can buy a copy online or from most bookshops. It has everything in it you need to know in order to pass both your theory and practical tests, but it will take some time to absorb the contents so start reading it immediately.

6.

Okay, now that the admin and the boring stuff is out of the way, it’s finally time to get behind the wheel, turn on the ignition and start driving. This is where the journey really begins.


And of course, if you’re taking an intensive driving course, that pass is just around the corner. Remember that it's possible to learn to drive and pass your test in just 5 days.

7.

As you have more driving lessons and become a better driver, you should book your theory test. This is because you’re not allowed to take a practical test until you’ve passed a theory test and everything will take a while to sort out.


The theory test is done online, but it still needs to be scheduled to take place on a particular date and at a specific time - it's not something that can be done on a whim.


The test costs £23 and can be booked by going here (of course, if you’re taking one of our intensives, we’ll arrange and pay for your test as part of the service).

8.

Let's expand on the theory test. There are 2 parts to it. The first part is all about 50 multiple-choice questions and you’ll need to answer at least 43 of them correctly in order to pass.


The second section is all about the hazard perception test, where you’ll watch 14 videos and get points for spotting hazards as they occur. There are 75 points up for grabs and you’ll need at least 44 to pass.

9.

You can prepare for the questions you’ll face by reading the Highway Code, listening to your driving instructor and by taking practice tests.  


There are a couple of other documents that are worth investing in and reading – Know Your Traffic Signs and The Official DVSA Guide to Driving

10.

Okay, we're making serious progress. By now, you should be in good shape. Your driving skills are improving, your theory test is in the bag and the end is in sight.


When your instructor thinks you’re ready, it’s time to book in your practical test (with an intensive, the test will be at the end of the course).


The practical test costs £62-75, depending on whether you want a daytime, evening or weekend test.


But again, if you’re learning to drive on one of our courses, we’ll take care of everything by organising and paying for your test. 

11.

With your practical test looming, it’s a good idea to run through the Highway Code again and have a dummy test or two with your instructor. Chances are, you’ll probably find the test a breeze.


It's all about preparation from here on in.


But this is a question of mentality. The test is there to ensure that you can drive confidently and safely – you can already do that, so try not to be nervous.


Remember that the driving examiner knows that you’ll be on edge; they’re not trying to catch you out. This short video shows you what to expect from your practical.


And look, if the worst happens and you fail your test, don't give up. You're going to be disappointed, but check out our action plan that's specifically for learners who have failed and want to pass. We'll help you over the line.

12.

Okay, so you’ve either breezed through your test or go there in the end… congratulations. You’re now legally able to drive in the UK. It's a huge accomplishment and something you'll remember forever.


You’ve got independence and freedom, so wave goodbye to jam-packed trains, tiring bikes and smelly buses – now you can drive wherever you want, whenever you like.

13.

Of course, that's assuming that you've got a car. If you haven't, it's time to get saving. But you know what? If you’re a new or young driver and you’re thinking of getting a new motor, take some time to think about the kind of vehicle that’s right for you.


There are lots of different models out there and no matter what your budget is, don’t go by colour or top speed.


There's no rush. Consider your strengths and weaknesses as a driver and you won’t go far wrong.

14.

Is that the end of the journey? We don’t think so. We think it’s just the beginning. Hopefully you’ll become a more skilled driver as you continue to get behind the wheel and see more stuff on the roads.


If you’d like to build on your driving knowledge, consider taking the Pass Plus course. This is an official course that can be taken any time. in your life. It lasts at least 6 hours and specifically expands on like hazard awareness and driving in different conditions.


As well as helping keep you safe, completing this course will save you money on your insurance with most companies. Find out more about the Pass Plus course here.

So, there you have it. There's just 14 steps to conquer before you're legally able to drive. When it's all laid out to bare, it doesn't seem so far-fetched now, does it?


And if you'd like to pass your test in double-quick time, check out all our intensive driving courses. They're specifically for learners who want to save time and money.

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Can you really learn to drive in a week?

Can you really learn to drive in a week?

Okay, you're desperate to learn how to drive so that you can pass your test quickly, get behind the wheel of a car and be free.


We totally get that. 


All you want is independence. To be able to drive wherever you want, whenever you wish. You’re probably feeling impatient… and that’s perfectly natural.


Maybe you’re slogging away at weekly driving lessons and feeling like you’re not getting anywhere. 


Or perhaps you’ve not had any lessons yet - you’re at the very start of your journey and that precious pass seems so far away.


Either way, you might be considering taking an intensive driving course at some stage to drastically cut short your learning curve.


More specifically, you’ve probably seen courses where you can pass your test in a week. They’re quite common – most driving schools offer them and they’re pretty tempting, right? 


Because who wouldn’t want to pass their driving test quickly?


On average, UK learners take 14 months to pass their test and no one in their right mind would choose to wait and take lessons for that long when there’s a viable alternative that will save you time and money.


But how quickly can you actually get this driving thing done? Realistically, how fast can someone learn to drive and pass his or her test?


Like many driving schools, we offer a number of different intensives, but there’s one intensive course that’s particularly seductive and always catches the eye:


The pass-in-a-week option, where it’s possible to learn how to drive and pass your driving test in just 5 days flat. 


It’s our most popular course and that’s no wonder. Imagine starting a course on a Monday morning and passing your test on Friday afternoon. It would be pretty sweet, right?


But it seems like a big ask though, doesn't it?


You might be reading this with some nagging doubts and wondering whether you can pass your test in a week. Is it really possible? Can learning to drive be that easy? Should you take such a course?


Well, the quick answer is:


Yes.


All of our intensives will get the job done


We offer a number of crash driving courses and they all work. 


Whenever you concentrate your mind on learning any one thing for any isolated period of time, you’ll get results. It’s true for pretty much anything in life and learning to drive is no different.


So, you’re right to get excited - you can certainly learn and pass inside a week. However, there are a few things you need to know about this particular course, which is why we’re going to help you work out if this 5-day thing is the right option for you.


Do you have any previous driving experience?


On all our intensive courses, students drive for 4 hours a day. 


Now, remember that we’re specifically talking about a one-week driving course here. You don’t need to be good at maths to work out that a one-week intensive involves just 20 hours of driving tuition.


Quite simply, 20 hours of instruction isn’t typically enough to improve your driving skills and build up driving experience. And it’s certainly not enough to teach a complete novice how to drive. 


So, for a one-week crash course to work reliably, it’s best that you already possess some driving skills.


It’s not compulsory, but we think that passing your test in 5 days flat with zero knowledge is a fairly big ask most of the time.


It’s also a confidence thing


A one-week driving course will require you to be mentally strong and good at coping under pressure, which is another reason why we think that some driving experience is necessary to pass your test in 5 days.


One week intensive courses are demanding and the more lessons you’ve had, the better equipped you’ll be at dealing with the hectic, crammed schedule.


Many driving schools talk about intensives like they’re a piece of cake. We’d rather be honest. The reality is, they can be a little stressful at times. 


You’ll make mistakes (just like you do whenever you learn anything new) and although that’s normal, it might feel a bit tense because there’s a test looming at the end of the week.


But look, if you think that a one-week course might not be right for you, don’t worry at all.


We offer a number of other courses that will be perfect for you and your situation - similar courses that will also save you loads of time and money, but which aren’t quite as demanding.


Whether you’re new to driving, not that assured behind the wheel or are simply less experienced, we offer a semi-intensive course that might be a better fit.


For instance, our 40-hour intensive is specifically designed to transform a total beginner into an assured driver. And whether you need 16, 20, 24, 30 or 40 hours of tuition, we can be flexible to suit.


For instance, the comprehensive 40-hour intensive typically lasts for 2 weeks, but even then we can stretch out the lessons over a longer period of time if you’d like something a little less full on. 


Ultimately, you’d still be passing far quicker than someone who is taking traditional driving lessons every week.


Intensives are extremely effective


Whether you’re taking a 5-day intensive or something similar, these courses are brilliant for getting any learner over the line.


Pass rates are insanely high, which is mainly because you learn a lot in a relatively short space of time and tests are taken when everything’s still fresh in your mind. 


Contrast that to taking weekly lessons. If you’re learning for 14 months, you’ll struggle to remember what you did last week, let alone 6 months ago.


The secret to success with crash courses (and whether you can learn to drive in one week) is to think carefully about what would be best for you in terms of course length and intensity. 


Basically, the more experienced and skilled at driving you are, the fewer hours you’ll need. If you’ve never driven a car before, you’d probably be better suited to a longer course.


If you’ve previously had quite a few sessions, then a shorter course will be suffice and the pass in a week option might be a great fit. If not, then plump for something a little longer.


The tricky situation is if you’ve had a handful of lessons and are a little unsure what to do. The one-week course might work fine, but you’ll be the best judge of that.


Remember something important… we’re here for you


If you don’t know what to do for the best, we’re happy to give you some advice. Just get in touch for a quick chat.


There’s no obligation to book anything and our experts have been teaching people how to drive for years (some for decades).


They’re seen it all before and can recommend the best strategy for you (based on your experience and confidence level).


Anything’s possible – the world is your oyster

 

Hopefully our article has shed some light on these special types of intensives.


If a 5-day intensive works, book yourself in now. If not, check out all our other intensives. We offer a wide range of courses to cover most learners.

 

And whether you choose a 5-day intensive or a 40-hour course that lasts a few weeks, you’ll almost certainly get the result you want.

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