What Are Intensive Driving Courses?

Intensive driving courses teach learners to drive in a short period of time. Such courses are often referred to as “one-week driving courses“, “crash driving courses“, and “fast pass driving courses“. Typically an intensive driving course teaches a learner driver how to drive, and prepares them for a practical test in as little as one or two weeks.

Some course providers deliver intensive driving courses over a longer period of time, this can be as much as 6 weeks. When seeking an intensive driving course, it is really important to be able to decipher the difference between what you expect the course to be like: ie, over 1-2 weeks, or over 4-6 weeks. If you choose to go with a local driving school who also delivers driving lessons, will they be able to give you the course you expect? If they have 30 pupils having regular weekly driving lessons, will they be able to give you the course as per your expectations? This is why there are ‘specialist’ intensive driving course providers, as they deliver bespoke courses over a short period of time.

This is why there are ‘specialist’ intensive driving course providers, as they deliver bespoke courses over a short period of time. These ‘specialists’ companies work solely with intensive driving instructors and indeed not regular driving instructors that just want to bump up their workload.

Some course providers deliver intensive driving courses over one week, and other companies deliver training over 2-3 weeks. When deciding on an intensive driving course or a ‘crash driving course’ it is important to do your research before you commit to a course and payout a large sum of money! There is an ever-increasing supply of national driving schools offering fast-pass courses, and intensive driving courses. For more information please visit here.

Why Choose An Intensive Driving Course?

When it comes to learning to drive. There are many avenues to getting your driving licence. In today’s hectic world – time can be limited. An intensive driving course provides a solution to learner drivers when they are seeking their driving licence quick. A lot of companies offer ‘guaranteed‘ pass schemes with unlimited training: when choosing your course provider it is very important to understand what you are getting for your money.

Some companies ‘terms and conditions‘ only offer a ‘free re-test’ if you pass a mock driving test! If this is the case, would your driving instructor correctly examine your driving ability as par the real exam, maybe not! Please visit our: “Benefits of an intensive driving course” article, to understand how this type of driving course can benefit you.

Can You Really Get A Guaranteed Pass With An Intensive Course?

Some companies offer a guaranteed pass scheme, and in many instances, yes you can get a guaranteed pass – but you will be paying the price!  Obviously, the company you choose to provide your intensive driving course hopes that you will pass your driving test first time. Somewhere, in the midst of the course fees – additional payments for additional driving lessons may have been included. Please be aware of such offers. When deciding to do a course with a ‘guaranteed pass‘, it is important to know exactly what you are getting for your money.

The company in question doesn’t exactly deliver the course itself, however – the humble driving instructor does. Some companies charge large deposits, and these deposits are not the driving instructor’s wages, and instead, the booking fee is the company’s fee for matching you with an instructor who is willing to teach you – for the remaining course amount; in some cases, this can be minimum wage, after fuel and car expenses have been taken into account.

That said, make sure that when you choose a company to provide your intensive driving course that you understand exactly what you are getting for your money!

Do You Need To Pass A Theory Test Before Doing An Intensive Driving Course?

Again, this is dependent upon which company you choose to provide you one-week driving course. Some companies only allow you to book a course once you have passed your theory test. However, other companies will arrange your theory test for you. This may be done whilst you are awaiting your course start date, or during the early part of your course. If this is the case, you should expect to have to wait for a practical test date as the company in question won’t have had much time to get you a driving test appointment. Cancellations can and do crop up – but if 100 other people are also seeking driving test cancellations at your local test centre, the, of course, these appointments can be hard to come by.

Do I Get A Guaranteed Driving Test Date At The End Of My Course?

Again, this is dependent on each companies business strategy. Some intensive driving course providers only allow you to book a course 6-8 weeks ahead, this, in turn, allows them to book your practical test in plenty of time.  Very often, such companies don’t book short notice courses, due to the national test waiting times.

However – other companies do! As there is a demand for such a service. There are lots of learner drivers that for whatever reason, may need a short driving course and practical test date. So such students will seek such a service.

But, it is important to note: no company can guarantee a short notice driving test, and if they can – very often it may be in a town that you are not familiar with, and that town may be miles away! Although your driving instructor should be able to advise you on the driving test routes, very often they may not be aware of them, which in turn could play a negative impact on the chance of passing your driving test first time.

That said, there are lots of companies who use their party companies to the source driving test cancellations. Again, this is dependent on the test centre in question and the time of year.

Nationally, the waiting times are approximately 8 weeks long to secure a driving test appointment. But, this figure can far exceed this amount depending on the test centre in question. To find your local driving test centre’s waiting times and location please visit here.

Some companies offer a test at the end of your training week. Some companies delay the driving test in case the learner driver in question needs more training and are not up to scratch with the test standard. Typically, the average learner will need approximately 47 hours of professional tuition and top-up private practice to get to the required standard.

Some students will far exceed this amount, as did one candidate in Stoke-ON-Trent, a whopping 37 attempts to pass his practical driving test, as reported by the Independent, visit here to read the article!

So when embarking on an intensive driving course, it is important to be able to predict how many hours you are likely to need. All companies will base their driving courses on the information that you give them, but in reality – nobody can predict how many hours you are likely to need. If you have never driven before, don’t expect to have some crazy powers – nationally, most learners (the average) will need to have in excess of 50 hours of tuition to be able to pass a driving test in the UK. That said, is it just about the driving test, or should it be about safe driving for life!

 

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