You’re Learning to Drive. Which is better? An intensive driving course or a series of lessons?

Learning to drive is a major rite of passage in your life.

Whatever your age when you start lessons, it’s exciting to know that when you’ve passed your test, you’ll be part of an elite club – or at least it seems that way: The People Who Can Drive Club.

One day you’re getting the bus, then the next you’re behind the wheel of a car. How totally fabulous is that?

Flexible approaches for different learning styles

The team here understands that as with everything in life involving acquiring a new set of skills, when we learn to drive, we all have different learning styles. It’s just the way we are.

A truth universally acknowledged, if you will.

It’s just the way we are.

Some people are ready for their driving test within a shorter time frame than others. Our role is to help you become a qualified driver as safely as possible after a certain number of lessons. How many lessons? More, or fewer? Ah well. Let’s see.

With an intensive driving course from Steering Clear, you could be removing those L plates within four or even three weeks.

That is, you could…but should you?

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Intensive Driving Courses from Steering Clear

We offer intensive driving courses where students with little or no driving experience can learn to drive and pass their test safely as soon as possible. Your driving instructor will deliver a maximum of four hours driving training each day, enabling you to take your test within 3-4 weeks. In theory, that is.

Each course is designed to meet an individual’s needs (we’re back to learning styles again), with an instructor taking a client-centred approach. In other words, it’s all about the learner. It’s all about you.

But, and there’s a big but here: For this to happen, he or she MUST consider that your driving is at a competent level and a safe enough standard for you to take your driving test. It’s all about safety and in our opinion, we can’t over-emphasise this point.

If you’re not ready, then you may need extra lessons.

How Does an Intensive Driving Course Work?

1. Firstly, you’ll get to know the vehicle’s controls and instruments. Next, you’ll be learning the basics: how to move off and stop the car safely.

2. Your instructor then will teach you how to manoeuvre in both open and closed junctions, before moving onto the correct way to proceed through crossroads and roundabouts.

3. After that, on we go to driving in busy traffic, dealing with potential hazards and understanding road awareness before we do the reversing thing: reverse parking, how to park in a bay, turning in the road (used to be called a 3-point turn), and of course – STOP! An emergency stop.

4. You’ll be driving on a dual carriageway, driving at night and in bad weather, too. Hey, this is the UK, you know. Bad weather is more or less guaranteed.

5. As a learner, you’ll be given all the materials you need for your theory test, including a DVD sponsored by the DVLA containing a series of mock tests.

In short, we’ll equip you with the skills you need and support you every step of the way.

Is an intensive driving course right for you?

Possibly. Here are the main benefits:

  1. You could go from zero to just-passed-your-test-superhero in just a few weeks.

If you can’t commit to several weeks or months to learn to drive, an intensive course could be just the thing.  Many people find it hard to take time out from a busy schedule, so doing it all at once could work well.

Done and dusted.

Also, although you can’t put a price on safety, it could be more economical to master a vehicle this way and gain your all-important driving licence.

  1. It’s ideal if you already have some basic driving skills.

Many students come to us with driving lessons under their belt from a few years ago.  They’re not novices, but for whatever reason the driving test itself just never happened. If this is you, then an intensive course could sharpen up those skills to make you test-ready.

  1. You’re committed to careful, considered practising after you pass your test – and even before you start lessons with us.

You’re serious about this, aren’t you?  If you’ve planning some follow up sessions  with a trusted family friend or your Mum or Dad to hone your skills after you’ve passed, that’s great.  Getting out there to practice, practice, practice will continue to grow your confidence.

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And the cons?

It’s not called a crash course for nothing

OK, excuse the pun above, but learning to drive within a reduced time frame may limit your driving experience and cause panic. And panic, as we all know is not good for your soul, for your car, passengers and other road users.

It could (repeat could) be dangerous if you pass your test on a Friday, only to have to deal with a seriously scary gyratory system, complicated roadworks or driving up to London the day after, on the Saturday.

You won’t experience a variety of road conditions.

Obvious, of course. Longer-term driving lessons will enable you to get to grips with traffic jams, high winds, rain, using your windscreen wipers, sheep on the road (unlikely), the bunching up that happens on dual carriageways – almost everything, really.

It could limit your confidence.

See above. You’ve passed your test in 3 weeks flat. Do you truly feel able to tackle the supermarket carpark, drive to work, drop off the children, or take your mother in law out for the day? Are you absolutely sure?

Practice really does make perfect.

Also, some manoeuvres take longer to learn than others. Some people never quite master parallel parking despite years of driving experience, for example, but that’s a subject for another blog.

You could lose concentration.

We won’t bore you about how long the human brain can stay focused, but unless your brain is as sharp as a sharp thing from The Land of the Sharp, an intensive driving course could be very tiring – not just mentally but also physically.

Even for the most experienced, driving a car for more than 2 hours can be exhausting. And, when you first start learning, it’s even more so.

It’s possible to reach saturation point if you’re driving every day. You may even reach a stage where you can’t take in anymore.

Our Conclusion

If you’ve set your heart on an intensive driving course, contact us to discuss the pros and cons in more detail.

We offer very high-quality intensive programmes, so you needn’t ever worry about the standard of teaching.
And, if you have lots of energy and determination but little time, we’d be very pleased to teach you.

It’s all down to your learning style and whatever suits you best. And we’ll stop saying the word “safety”. However, do take some advice from us and we’ll recommend the right option for you.

By the way, there’s no such thing as a guaranteed pass first time. We can’t promise this, neither would we ever do so.

Many people prefer to read the whole novel rather than just skim through with an intensive study guide. Learning to drive with an intensive course? It’s a bit like that, really.