Should I take an Intensive Driving Course?
Intensive driving courses are something that spring to mind when you want to pass your test in a hurry. Let’s be honest, most drivers want to pass their test yesterday. Your UK driving test is probably the most important thing in your life behind your career choice and starting a family.
Everyone wants to start their driver education as early as possible. Why? Because driving gives you the freedom to do what you want. You go from being a home bird relying on your friends and family to a free individual. That’s the power of a driving license.
So to answer the question: should I take an intensive driving course? What you’re saying is should you do this instead of regular lessons. Well in all honesty they are both viable solutions, but with the intensive way or crash course as it’s fondly known, is going to cost you roughly the same if a bit more. Although if you break it down into individual lessons it seems like the intensive course is more costly.
The fact that you are taking your lessons in a block will help speed up your learning process so the actual number of overall lessons might be less. So looking at the bigger picture you could do a block booking and pass with less wheel time.
You Could Save 35% with Pass Me Faster!
Take this little fact. Most learner drivers who have had the privilege of taking an intensive driving course with Pass Me Faster usually save on average 35% compared to the national UK average pass rate. This is money saved indirectly through needing fewer lessons, due to the higher standard of instructor that we work with. We only consider the top instructors from each area that we service. Although this can be challenging, it’s something that we take seriously to protect our reputation and ensure that your driving education is the best it can be.
Am I Guaranteed to Pass My Driving Course?
Although every precaution is taken to give you the best possible chance of passing your driving test. Nobody can guarantee that you will pass regardless of which route you take to your test. The fact we have independent government examiners here in the UK is what makes our test so highly regarded. There’s no cutting corners or giving the examiner a backhander to pass. UK driving examiners have often worked their way up from instructors and know what it takes to make our roads safe for everyone. It’s common knowledge that they wouldn’t put their job on the line just to do someone a favor and pass them without merit.
Even if you don’t pass on the first attempt, you can always book another test appointment immediately. You will soon get another date while your driving skills are still fresh in your mind. You will, however, have to wait at least 11 days before you can retake a test. That’s just enough time to brush up those skills.
What Options are there for Intensive Driving Courses?
The most popular driving option for standard tests is the basic one or two-hour driving lesson, but when it comes to passing your test quickly that won’t cut the mustard. You need something more focused. This is where the superiority of intensive driving courses come into their own. They can save you both time and money, though this can’t always be guaranteed and nobody can make any promises to you regarding these two issues.
What a block booking can do best is help you focus all your energy into passing your test. If you’ve been suffering from nerves, your anxiety should start to take a back seat due to the volume of driving you’ll be undertaking. Like anything in life, practice makes perfect.
After standard lessons, the most popular block booking is the 5-hour course. Then most driving schools will have increments of 5-hour stages. So like we have at Pass Me Faster, you’ll be able to book a 10-hour, 15-hour, and up to a 30-hour course. Should you require any further hours after this, you can always just book extra courses on top of one another. For example, you can add a 15-hour course on to a 30-hour course and take it up to a 45-hour mega course. This will all depend on the individual and their driving ability. Some people are natural-born drivers, whereas others are less confident and take longer, even though once they’ve passed and got settled in they are really good drivers.
How Much do Intensive Driving Courses Cost?
If you break a block booking down into individual hours, it usually works out more expensive per hour than a standard one-hour driving lesson. That isn’t the full story, however. When you take in to account how many actual lessons a person takes before they pass their test, a block booking can quite often work out cheaper.
The fact that you have taken lessons in a block, will usually help you concentration levels. This can often reduce your total hours needed to feel comfortable enough to book in for your test.
Another thing that isn’t immediately obvious is that if you need your driving license to get a job, paying more upfront for a crash course could in the long term save you thousands of pounds. How? Well, imagine if you were able to get a job that was impossible to get to without a driving license. You see when you analyze the situation, it’s more complex than the like for like hourly prices. Looking at it in finer detail, you will see that each case is different. What works for one person won’t necessarily work for their friend.
For an average course starting at 5-hours, you’re looking at roughly £250 – £300 and for a 30-hour course you can be spending anywhere up to £1000.
Essentially it will depend on what part of the country you live in. The further South you live and nearer to London the more expensive your course will be. Luckily for Northerners like myself, you will get the best value in Teesside and Tyneside.
Conclusion: Your Driving Licence is Precious
Our best advice is to take your individual requirements and situation and apply it to both formats. Only then will you see which is best for you and which suits you the most. It’s not just about saving money, you might be prepared to spend a little extra if it saves you time and gives you a springboard to start your life in a new dimension. Sometimes things are more important than saving a few pounds. Life is precious. Having your driving license makes it even more so!
A new job, friendships, sporting events, holidays, are all the more rewarding when you’ve got a driving license in your pocket. That can be why the allure of the intensive driving course is so appealing.
Should you be interested in booking a block course – why not have a look at Pass Me Faster’s crash course offerings. We’ve got some amazing deals on our intensive driving courses’ page.