There are a million reasons you might want to get your driving licence quickly: your theory test is due to expire; you’re coming up to a convenient gap in your education; your work prospects rely on you having one. Or, quite simply, you’re keen to experience the freedom that comes from having a car.
Whatever the case, you’ll be pleased to hear that a flexible intensive driving course can see you learn to drive in a month, even if you’re a complete novice.
Take a read to check whether an intensive course is right for you, and what’s needed to ensure you pass your test as quickly as possible.
Is learning to drive in 30 days a realistic goal?
Flexible intensive courses are your faster route to driving. So, although driving isn’t easy, passing your test within a month is definitely achievable—if you plan ahead. Because, unfortunately, booking in one day and getting behind the wheel the next is just not how the process works.
The best way to figure out timings is to work backwards from your driving test. To maximise your chances of passing, you should make sure your test is booked to coincide with the end of your intensive course. That way, everything will be fresh in your mind. Now, bearing in mind that practical test waiting lists are usually several months long, to get your licence quickly, you’re probably going to want a fast-tracked test. And to book that test, you’ll already have had to have passed your theory.
Ideally, then, you’ll want to be booking in for a driving course at least a couple of months in advance of when you want to take your lessons. The earlier the better if you’re looking to learn to drive in a busy period, like over the summer (or, say, during a pandemic, when everyone’s clamouring for lessons and tests again). Booking in early gives you time to pass your theory test, and allows your booking agent the opportunity to find you a practical test. They’ll then set you up with a DVSA-registered instructor, who will arrange a timetable of lessons with you.
Of course, you don’t have to learn to drive within a month; lots of people choose to learn within two or three months instead. But whatever you decide, the principles remain the same: think ahead, get booked in early and then knuckle down to learn your theory.
What is an intensive course?
Driving lessons have evolved over time, from traditional hourly lessons to week-long courses, and finally to flexible intensive driving courses that suit almost everyone.
Traditionally, learner drivers would only take one lesson a week. It was a long, drawn-out process; even the quickest learners would take many months to pass using this approach. Because of the length of time between lessons, pupils would often forget a great deal in-between times, so instead of building on their skills each week, a lot of time would be spent recapping instead. Understandably, people got frustrated—and so intensive driving courses were born.
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Old-style intensive courses
Intensive courses used to mean taking all of your lessons within a week or two. You’d have long days out in the car, and take your test at the end of the week. Fatigue affects concentration, and even with time out for lunch and breaks, the speed and rigidity of the course didn’t suit all that many learners. What would start as an exciting venture often finished in a failed test—and a long wait before the next one became available. During that period, learners would lose many of their key skills, partly because they lacked experience. This type of Intensive, it turned out, was a bit too intensive.
Enter: the best of both worlds.
Flexible intensive driving courses
Nowadays, what most learners value is getting their licence quickly, without compromising on the depth of driving experience. The best intensive courses take this into account and now come with inbuilt flexibility. They don’t require you to take a week off from work, studying or homemaking (although you can if you like). Rather, each course is tailored to you: designed to fit around your lifestyle, but still helping you get your full licence within a matter of weeks.
Although you can opt for a very intensive course, most people decide to learn to drive in a month or two instead. That means taking more than the traditional one lesson a week, but not learning all day, every day. For instance, you might choose to take two or three lessons a week—each of a couple of hours. That sort of pace is pretty optimal: the continuity helps you develop quickly as a driver, and you also have the time to fully digest what you’ve learned. You’re constantly building on your skills, giving you the best chance of passing your driving test the first time around.
Should I take an intensive driving course?
When you’re considering whether an intensive course is the best option for you personally, think about:
🕓 Time constraints
Most people are keen to get on the roads quickly. If that’s you, whether you’re wanting to pass in one month or three, you’ll need to drive more within a shorter timeframe than traditional lessons can afford. An intensive or semi-intensive course will give you the skills to enjoy your freedom very soon.
Assuming you don’t qualify for help towards driving lessons, you’re probably going to need upwards of a grand to go from learner to fully qualified driver.
While they tend to cost more overall, traditionally one of the benefits of hourly lessons was a pay-as-you-drive approach. Crash courses, on the other hand, could save you money long-term—but used to require payment in full before you started lessons.
No longer! Although paying upfront is still the most cost-effective option for an intensive course, there’s now the possibility of spreading the cost over a period of months instead. It’s something worth considering if you’re struggling to stump up the cash in one go.
The problem with week-long courses is that they often require you to give up any other commitments while you learn, use valuable annual leave, or pay for lots of extra childcare. Traditional weekly lessons, on the other hand, are generally achievable for everyone—but of course, the longer they drag on, the more disruptive they can be.
Whatever else you’ve got going on in your life, flexible intensive courses offer a sustainable solution. You get to dictate the timing and frequency of your lessons, so you don’t have to sacrifice your lifestyle in the process.
The ‘I want to learn to drive in a month’ checklist
✓ Book in with your driving instructor two-three months in advance
✓ Make sure you don’t miss any emails from your course provider, which could delay things
✓ As soon as you’ve booked in, learn and pass your theory test
✓ Get a fast-tracked practical test so that you can take it as soon as your course finishes
① How many driving lessons should I take a week?
We recommend taking more than one lesson a week—but after that, it all depends on what works best for you. The beauty of a flexible intensive driving course is that you get to work directly with your driving instructor to arrange lessons that suit both your schedule and learning needs.
② How can you get a fast-tracked practical test?
The waiting times for practical tests are notoriously long. The only way to get a test sooner is to look for any cancelled bookings. However, these tests are elusive—and are usually snapped up in a matter of moments.
Our fast-tracking team are constantly monitoring for practical test cancellations so that they can secure any slots that become available. They match these tests to each pupil so you can pass your test in weeks, rather than months.
③ How long will it take to learn to drive?
Every learner is different, but you’re looking at roughly 45 hours of driving lessons to be considered competent enough to drive alone. That figure varies, depending on things like:
- Your natural aptitude for driving
- The opportunity to practice in between lessons
- Your grasp of the rules of the road (the theory side of driving)
Total beginners taking a crash course will usually have no problem passing their practical test within two or three months of starting driving lessons. Not fast enough? Not to worry; you can usually fit your lessons and driving test into a one month period instead. And remember: it’s not when you start, it’s when you finish.
④ Why choose PassMeFast over another intensive course provider?
As well as offering fast-tracked practical tests, we tailor our courses to pupils at any stage of their driving journey. On top of this, we give you all the costs up-front, so you can make an informed decision.
If you’re still not convinced, the proof is in the pudding. With over 2,000 quality instructors on our books, we’ve already helped over 40,000 learners to get on the road. You can read about many of their experiences through their reviews on Trustpilot.
If you want to get the same quality of lessons as our former pupils and get your driving licence quickly, book in for a course now.