Should I take crash course driving lessons? 

If you want to learn how to drive and you’re considering whether to book crash course driving lessons, this article is for you.


Taking a crash course means learning to drive and passing your test in a very short space of time.


For instance, although we offer a variety of intensives, it’s possible to get everything done and dusted in a week. ​What’s more, you’ll even save money, too. But as awesome as all this sounds, they’re definitely not for everyone.


Many people assume intensives are easy, so we’re going to take a close look at how they work and what you need to prepare for.


What to expect from an intensive course


Book yourself onto a crash course and you’ll be busy for a week or two.


You’ll need to block out a large chunk of your time and be ready for 4 hours of tuition each day, normally starting at either 8am or 1pm.


(Please note that these times are just our recommended schedule options - we can be flexible and work around your schedule).


Your intensive will begin with your instructor going over some of the basics and quickly ascertaining your level of driving skill and experience.


That won’t take long. Don’t forget that your instructor will already have some idea of your driving ability from the initial introduction made after the booking.


After that, the strategy will depend on your situation.


For example, if you’re a beginner, you’ll need to follow a different path to that of an experienced learner who has failed a test before and just wants to complete their training.


How to handle driving every day


Are multiple 4-hour driving sessions tiring? It depends on the individual. They certainly can be if you’re not used to it, but equally, some people find it a breeze.


For them, learning to drive is exciting and fun, whilst the promise of what awaits is motivation enough. We hope that’s the same for everyone who books with us.


Just in case you’re concerned about handling 12-40 hours of driving in the space of 1-2 weeks, remember there are things you can do to help.


Be sure to get a good night’s sleep before each session and avoid alcohol or any stodgy foods that might slow your brain down.


Stay fresh and everything will be easier.


Try not to get emotional when you’re put under pressure


If you book yourself onto an intensive, you must accept that having 4 hours of driving tuition every day (with a test at the end of the course) brings with it a certain amount of pressure.


If you’re taking non-intensive driving lessons and you struggle to master a particular maneuver, it’s not really a big deal. Your instructor can leave that aspect of driving for a while and come back to it in a few weeks.


However, you obviously don’t have that luxury with an intensive and you’ll need to push through.


But don’t fret. Remember that you’ll have an instructor by your side who is experienced at delivering intensives - they’ll have seen everything before and will be very understanding.


Will I cope with an intensive driving course?


Picking the right course is key to coping. As a general guideline, most learners will need at least 40 hours of professional driving instruction.


So, if you’re a total beginner, you can’t book yourself onto a pass-in-a-week intensive course since it only involves 20 hours of lessons - it won’t be enough.


Equally, if you’re an experienced learner who just needs to perfect a couple of things, there’s no point in booking a 40-hour intensive course. You don’t need that much tuition.


But assuming that you’ve chosen an intensive course that matches your existing level of driving experience and skill, you’ll do amazing.


In fact, you’ll probably surprise yourself. Learners who begin an intensive and initially feel a bit overwhelmed tend to adapt quickly as the course goes on, because their confidence increases as they build on all their new skills.


Does that help fill in the blanks?


Be realistic when you’re deciding whether you should take an intensive course.


They certainly work, but understand that learning to drive in 1-2 weeks is a sizeable task. Essentially, most people will be fine so long as they’re on the appropriate course.


Many driving schools will let you book an intensive and will happily take your money without batting an eyelid. They won’t care whether you’ll be able to cope.


But we’re different. We want you to be totally comfortable when you book a course with us. You now know the pros and cons, so can you cope? Is an intensive driving course worth it for you?


Learning to drive and passing your test should be fun and exciting, not a painful chore to be endured.


Take your time to consider whether an intensive is right for you. Ultimately, the final decision is yours but hopefully this article has put things into perspective.

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