Do Intensive Driving Courses Work?

Learning to drive: do intensive driving courses work?

Many prospective learners have loads of questions about the driving test process. Can you take the test in your own car, for instance, and what sat nav model will be used on the test?

One of the queries we hear most often at PassMeFast is whether you can really learn as much in an intensive driving course as you can with conventional lessons. After all, if you could save time and money compared to regular weekly lessons, wouldn’t everyone do it?

Well, the answer’s not quite as simple as a yes or no, but it would be difficult to deny the benefits of intensive and semi-intensive courses. In this article, we answer the question: do intensive driving courses work?

Do intensive driving courses work?

Just one of the many new drivers who passed after an intensive course!
Just one of the many new drivers who passed after an intensive course!

Put simply, yes! For many people, intensive driving courses offer a comprehensive, convenient and efficient way of learning to drive. (It’s little wonder that more and more people are choosing intensive courses!) There are a number of key reasons for this.

#1: You have enough time to properly learn your skills

An alarm clock

One of the main problems with conventional hourly driving lessons is that, as a student, you can often spend nearly the whole hour struggling with a specific aspect of driving. Just as you start to get the hang of it, you then find that you’ve come to the end of your lesson!

Now, you have to wait a whole week until the next lesson, where you effectively start again from scratch. Intensive and semi-intensive courses help massively with this. With longer lessons, you have the time to work over the aspects of driving that you struggle with, making sure you perfect them before moving on.

One learner who really benefited from the approach was Daniel, who took a 40 hour course in just seven days—and passed! Read Daniel’s pass story to learn about his experience.

#2: You retain information better

A selection of books

A common complaint that students have with individual weekly lessons is that they find it difficult to retain information between lessons. This is a real issue, particularly if you don’t have the ability to practice in a parent or relative’s car outside of lesson time. Simply put, your driving abilities just fade away!

This is due to a combination of factors, one of which is muscle memory. Leaving a week between lessons is a long time, and it’s easy for your body and brain to forget the complex movements that it learns during an hour-long session. We find that more concentrated lessons allow learners to retain information much more thoroughly. Hopefully, getting in the car and driving will feel like second nature by the end of your course!

#3: Everything is sorted out for you

A diary for scheduling

With an intensive or semi-intensive driving course, the lessons and tests are all arranged for you in advance. This takes much of the hassle out learning to drive, compared to organising hourly lessons on a week-by-week basis. Also, because the practical test is typically booked before lessons start, you get a definite date to work towards. We find that this often motivates learners to pull out all the stops when learning to drive, which in turn leads to a greater likelihood of passing!

What you need to do to be successful with an intensive driving course

Intensive and semi-intensive driving courses do provide noticeable advantages over conventional driving lessons, but that doesn’t mean that learning to drive will be a walk in the park for everyone! There are a few things you’ll need to do to be successful on an intensive driving course.

Learner driver on a road trip

Firstly, you need to be committed. It’s important that you’re well prepared mentally and ready to spend extended periods of time concentrating.

It’s a good idea to try and judge what kind of schedule is going to be the most productive for you before you book onto a course. Thankfully, both intensive and semi-intensive courses are available, so there are different options to suit everyone. If you’re unsure of which course might be right for you, then PassMeFast offers a course assessment. You can find out why it’s useful to take a course assessment here.

Don’t forget that you can also use our handy course recommender! This tool is a perfect choice if you’re not sure how many lessons you need—all you need to do is answer a few questions, and you’ll get a personalised recommendation!

Secondly, you need to plan your time accordingly. For instance, if you’re a complete beginner and you’re dedicating 10 consecutive days to a 48 hour course, you ideally shouldn’t have any other major commitments in that time period.

Especially if you choose to take a course on the most intensive type of schedule, you’ll certainly appreciate being able to go home and put up your feet! So, if at all possible, make sure that you have the opportunity to do so. Again, this comes down to ample preparation.

Aside from commitment and time management, all you need to succeed on an intensive driving course is a positive mental attitude and a provisional licence! If your test is already booked, and you need to prepare, check out our handy article on how to avoid test day nerves. Or, perhaps you’re a new driver, or are just looking to brush up your driving knowledge? You might find it helpful to take a look at the differences between driving in the city and driving in the country, or a guide to which type of sat nav is best for you.

By Ben Scott

Ben's had a keen interest in all things driving from a very early age, so is perfectly placed to offer you all the advice you need. When he's not behind the wheel you'll either find him stuck deep into a novel or riding his bike.

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