Here’s the deal: on average, UK learners require over 52 hours of professional lessons and take over 14 months to learn to drive and pass their test. That’s over a year… and a long time for anyone. Learning to drive is an involved process and requires dedication, but traditional driving lessons aren’t proving to be particularly effective.
The problem is that because of time and money, most people take weekly lessons. From week to week, it’s difficult to remember everything you’re taught. It’s also hard to truly build up muscle memory in the space of an hour or two. Eventually, this leads to an elongated learning programme that is really only completed by chance (or at least it seems this way).
But there is an alternative – intensive driving courses. Instead of taking regular lessons over a long period of time, pupils and instructors alike block out chunks of their schedule and do everything much quicker. With an intensive course, the pass rates are incredibly high – much higher than the average pass rate following normal and traditional lessons (which is about 46%).
Learners are taught exactly the same things in a crash course as they are in weekly driving lessons, so what gives? Well, the secret is lies in the ferocity of the lessons. Most intensives have 4 hours of tuition every single day, with the length of the course dependent on what the pupil needs. So some learners might be starting from scratch, others might have taken lessons before and failed a test (thus become fed up of their previous arrangement).
Now if you choose the right driving school, intensives can be stretched out over time to suit. So, if you don’t quite fancy the challenge learning to drive in a week, it is possible to take a few weeks (once everything’s been agreed and pre-arranged). But either way, you’re saving a load of time by going down this route and this could be particularly attractive for your son or daughter.
What’s equally awesome is the amount of money you’ll save (assuming you’re paying for your child’s driving tuition of course). When you first look at the price of an intensive, it might seem expensive. But in reality, it’s a lot less than the total cost of learning to drive for over a year. And many intensives include both the theory and practical tests, too.
Most teenagers are impatient, which is why intensives are great. They pick up all the experience and knowledge they need to get that pass, plus you’re saved from having to cope with a lot of pent-up frustration. That’s got to be worth it in itself, right? And once they’ve passed their test (which they will), they can go about building up the driving experience they need to maintain their skill level.