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Sunday, 25 September 2016

Intensive Driving Courses What Are They And Are They A Good Idea

If you are thinking of learning  to drive then you may have wondered about taking an Intensive Driving Course. You May Have heard different opinions about them and wondered if its a good idea.You might even be wondering what an intensive driving course really is.


What Is An Intensive Driving Course?

 
This is a the big question many believe its some kind of magical course with a guaranteed pass at the end well if you believe that then I'm sorry to burst your bubble. There is no such thing as a guaranteed pass, whether you have your driving once a week for 10 months or in a couple of weeks you still have to go to your local DVSA test centre and do a driving test just like everybody else.
But typically they are offered as packages here are some typical examples:-


40 hours( Complete beginner)


30 Hours Someone that has had say about 10 hours or so not so long ago and they have some basic driving skills they can change gears  but not done many roundabouts yet or manoeuvres or something like that


20 hours Someone that has had quite a few lessons before and they can drive around in most traffic conditions and have covered everything but just need to get it finished off they might have even done a test before


Lets look for a moment at the traditional way of learning to drive.
So you start you lessons off with your local driving instructor say 1 or maybe 2 hours per week, after about 30 hours when you are nearly at test standard your driving instructor advises you to book your driving test. With the test a few weeks away you carry on with your lessons and hopefully you get to test standard and you pass. Or if you aren't up to scratch then you driving instructor will advise you to squeeze in some more driving lessons in the last couple of weeks or worst case scenario the Driving Instructor will advise you to postpone the driving test .Let's remember that a driving instructor cannot force you to book, change or cancel a driving test ,however driving instructors reserve the right to refuse use of their car for the driving test. If they do this then they should endeavor to give the candidate enough time to cancel or postpone their driving test without losing their fee.


Now lets look at the Intensive Driving Course way of learning to drive
Before you book any driving lessons what the first thing you do, yes you guessed it you book your driving test. Some Intensive Driving Courses will book this as part of the package others will tell you to book it yourself and then come back to them to book the course to run upto that test date.
basically the test is booked first which would be typically in 5 to 6 weeks time. You then book the hours to run upto that test date typically keeping 2 hours for the test day itself. So if you are on a 40 Hour Course you could say do 4 hours per day over 10 days. Driving Instructors will expect to be paid upfront for the course so that you are committed. If you decided that you wanted to cancel it at the last minute then this would leave a massive hole in the driving instructors diary. Now there is still a possibility of you doing reaching test standard on time.
How many hours should I Do
Driving Schools will give a guideline
  • 40 hours( Complete beginner)
  • 30 Hours Someone that has had say about 10 hours or so not so long ago and they have some basic driving skills they can change gears  but not done many roundabouts yet or manoeuvres or something like that
  • 20 hours Someone that has had quite a few lessons before and they can drive around in most traffic conditions and have covered everything but just need to get it finished off they might have even done a test before.
Which ever one you go for is basically an estimate based on what  driving experience that you have told the driving school that you have. Sometimes you can have a chargeable assessment driving lesson with the driving instructor who will take you in the Intensive Driving Course but whichever course you go on is still an estimate. If it turns out when the test date is getting closer you are not going to be ready then the instructor will advise you to purchase an additional amount of hours say 5 hours extra or postpone the test. If you can agree on this then the driving school still reserve the right to refuse use of their car for the driving test. If they do this then they should endeavor to give the candidate enough time to cancel or postpone their driving test without losing their fee. Bearing in mind that if this happens the test could be less then days away meaning you are more likely to lose your driving test fee. There is no such thing as a guaranteed pass at the end.


Some Intensive Courses driving course schools will offer a package where they will pay for a retest and provide some more training if you fail your driving test but this will come limitations.
Such as only 3 attempts at the test and 5 hours extra per fail so 3 x 5 hours.
Of course you are paying for this in advance and if you pass first time then the driving instructor will be very happy as he is going to make a nice bonus from this.
One of the best Intensive Driving Courses Companys I found was http://intensivedrivingcourses-bennetts.co.uk/ they are competive ad can provide Intensive Driving courses all around the UK.
There is also alot of information about Intensive Driving Courses on their website.





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