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Should I take an intensive driving course?

2 min read • Nov 23, 2018
Should I take an intensive driving course

There are a number of ways you can learn to drive, but you’re always learning the same essential skills. The only real difference is how long that takes. Intensive driving courses are great for people who need to get their driving licence quickly or for people who work best under pressure. They’re not, however, for everybody, and here we look at how they work to help you decide whether or not you want to go intensive with your driving lessons.

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Is an intensive driving course easier?

The short answer is no, they’re not. Regardless of whether you choose to take 2 hours of driving lessons a week or you take a week-long course, you will still need to take exactly the same driving test with far less time to mentally prepare.

Some learner drivers might find an intensive course easier, but that’s purely down to the way an individual likes to learns. Whilst some learners can struggle with the pressure of an intensive driving course, others find the fast-pace to be stimulating and beneficial.

How much does an intensive driving course cost?

The price of an intensive driving course depends on how much the driving instructor or driving school you choose charges. The overall cost of an intensive course is generally based on the full course rather than on an hourly rate, but this may differ depending on who you take your course with.

It might also be worth booking an assessment driving lesson with a driving instructor before booking your intensive driving course.Some intensive courses make an assessment lesson compulsory. This will give you an idea of whether an intensive driving course is the right option for you before you commit to the whole thing.

Intensive driving courses – The positives

Intensive driving courses allow people to get on the road quickly. If you need your driving licence suddenly for employment, or for any other urgent reason then an intensive course may be a good option.

Going intensive can be more cost effective, as you’re paying for a set number of lessons with a definite test date at the end of it. With non-intensive learning, you could be tempted to take extra lessons to sure up things, in the meantime putting off your test, meaning you end up spending more on lessons.

However, it all comes down to whether or not your pass that test - only then will you know if your choice has been worth it. If you don’t pass first time on an intensive course, you may feel like you’ve wasted money. With non-intensive lessons, you can wait to take your test only when you’re confident of passing, to give you the best chance of passing first time.

Intensive driving courses – The negatives

Intensive driving courses don’t work for everyone, and there’s no guarantee that you’ll pass at the end of the course. There are concerns over how safe intensive driving courses are. It’s debated whether learner drivers get enough on-road experience on an intensive course, with some road safety organisations criticising how well equipped the learner would be for solo-driving.

Learner drivers who take intensive driving courses might not have the benefit of experiencing varied road and weather conditions. Although your driving instructor may be able to do some night lessons, weather conditions may not change enough over a week-long period to fully prepare you for life as a qualified motorist. You may pass faster, but you won’t be as well-rounded a driver as you could be.

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Getting more experience

If you do choose to take an intensive driving course, you might also want to enhance your on-road experience with a Pass Plus course. Once you’ve passed your driving test and you’ve got your driving licence, a Pass Plus course will allow you to gain some more experience of driving in different road and weather conditions.

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