Refresher Driving Courses – Everything You Need To Know

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If you’ve been learning to drive for a while now, or you’ve already taken a practical test and failed, you might be wondering what options there are for you. If you’ve already read up on intensive courses v hourly lessons, you might have decided that an intensive course is far more beneficial. But are intensive courses worthwhile for learner drivers who already have a lot of driving experience under their belt? The answer to this problem is refresher driving courses.

We’re going to take a look at what refresher driving courses entail, who they’re most suitable for, and where you can find them.

Refresher driving courses

Refresher courses are designed to help people who have already had driving lessons in the past. As the name suggests, they’re centred around helping learner drivers refresh their driving knowledge before they take their practical test. These courses are designed to be short—they are serving as a quick refresh, after all.

The purpose of taking refresher lessons differs depending on the individual learner. Some learner drivers take a refresher driving course after failing a practical test in order to correct their mistakes before trying again. For others, it’s a case of ironing out bad habits and getting used to the car again after spending months away from learning. Learning to drive can be a long and stressful ordeal, but it can be made much simpler when you choose the right kind of driving course. Not sure your practical was conducted fairly? You might want to look into appealing your driving test.

Why should I take a refresher driving course?

Refresher lessons are a great way to update and refresh your driving skills. All too often, people book a practical test straight after failing, when they should really spend a few extra hours with an instructor. The same goes for learner drivers who have gone months since their last lesson. A refresher course gives you the chance to sort out your bad habits and get some helpful advice from an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI).

Refresher courses also help you:

  • Boost your confidence.
  • Become a safe driver.
  • Break your bad habits.
  • Learn from an experienced ADI.

What refresher driving courses are on offer?

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PassMeFast offers a range of intensive and semi-intensive driving courses for learners with all levels of experience. We also offer learner drivers two types of refresher driving courses depending on their overall level of driving experience.

10 hours

Have you recently failed your test? Or are you struggling with a few key areas? PassMeFast’s 10 hour course is perfect for learners looking to figure out where they’re going wrong and improve their confidence before they go in for their practical test. The course typically takes between 2 to 4 days depending on your availability. The ideal candidate for the 10 hour course will have at least 30 hours of driving experience under their belt.

5 hours

PassMeFast’s shortest course—5 hours—is perfect for learner drivers who are test-ready. Whether you’ve just failed your test or you’re looking to pass your first one, this course is designed to help you iron out any small mistakes. It’s also perfect for helping you fine-tune your driving and get used to the car before your test. It typically takes between 1 to 2 days depending on your availability. The ideal candidate will have at least 35 hours of experience and must be confident with driving independently.

How is PassMeFast different?

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Our courses—including the 5 and 10 hours—all include a fast-track practical test. This means that you don’t have to worry about long DVSA waiting times, and could be on the road in just a few days. Nonetheless, even though our courses are speedy, we don’t compromise on quality. All PassMeFast courses are taught by grade A and B instructors who have been approved by the DVSA—so you can rest assured you’ll be in safe and experienced hands.

We now cover no fewer than seven different counties, including West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, East Yorkshire, Cheshire and Merseyside. Across these areas, we offer our full range of courses, including both home and workplace pick-ups. Live outside of these areas? Don’t worry—you can still benefit from our fast-track practical service. PassMeFast makes it quicker and easier to get on the road, no matter where you live.

Which course is right for me?

The way PassMeFast has designed its refresher driving courses means that it is very easy for learners to figure out which is best for them. If you haven’t yet had the chance to take your test, or your confidence is shaky, the 10 hour course gives you plenty of time to work on your mistakes and confidence. If you’ve failed a recent practical test or you consider yourself to be test-ready, you can’t go wrong with the 5 hour course. Not sure which is best for you? Visit our course recommender, answer a few questions and we’ll give you your ideal course option.

Of course, PassMeFast doesn’t just offer refresher lesson courses. We have a wide variety of courses, ranging from our 48 hour beginner course to our short 5 hour refresher. Each is designed to suit drivers of varying experience and confidence. If you’re still not sure which is suited to you, you could always opt for our course assessment. You’ll spend 1 hour with one of our Approved Driving Instructors who will assess your driving ability and recommend a suitable course. It couldn’t be simpler.

Interested? Take a look at our course prices for more information. Alternatively, you can give us a call on 0333 123 4949.

Or, maybe you’re a confident driver—just not used to driving in the UK? Find out about the differences between driving in Europe and the UK here.

By Bethany Hall

Whether you’re a learner or a pro driver, Bethany is here to help. From defensive driving to the Highway Code, she’ll tell you everything you need know about driving. If she’s not on the road, you’ll probably find Bethany with her head in a book or binge-watching the latest TV show.

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