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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? (Both of which are answered elsewhere on the blog!)

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?

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

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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

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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.
  • 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!

Intensive courses in action

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Just a few of the learners who became qualified drivers thanks to an intensive course!

You don’t just have to take our word for it. Check out the views of some learners who became qualified drivers thanks to an intensive driving course…

“PassMeFast got me through my theory and practical driving test. I did a 10 hour intensive driving course in Merseyside and was paired with a fantastic instructor, Lee. Highly recommend if you prefer to things a bit quicker!” 

Thomas, Southport

“Booked 35 lessons with PassMeFast – I’m 41 and have only taken 2 lessons previously. Prem was my instructor and he was amazing. I am a very nervous driver and passed my test first time. Booking an intensive driving course was great for me as the lessons are longer and you gain confidence faster. I would highly recommend PassMeFast for anyone wanting to learn to drive and pass quickly.”

Maria, Hertfordshire

“Started my course this week and passed friday! Got through 25 hours with my instructor, Kaleem. Couldn’t have asked for a better instructor – he was calm and patient throughout and I passed with flying colours yesterday. I would definitely recommend using an intensive course.”

Kyle, Leeds

“Excellent service! So helpful and really efficient. I was able to structure my driving lessons exactly how I wanted to and doing a semi-intensive course over 2 and a half weeks worked brilliantly. My instructor was lovely and I really enjoyed my lessons. I passed first time and now I’m driving. It’s so easy and everyone at PassMeFast is great. Thank you!”

Sophie, Leigh

“I had been taking weekly lessons and had failed 2 tests and was fed up of having to pay for more lessons to fill the gap between test waiting times. I couldn’t afford to keep doing this so decided to look at intensive courses. After my initial payment I was booked in for my lessons and test within 2 weeks! All the guys I spoke to at PassMeFast were really friendly and helpful. I’d definitely recommend.”

Laura, Crewe

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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