How Does An Intensive Driving Course Work?

Intensive Driving Courses are generally arrange over a number of consecutive days with the DVSA driving test at the end. Different schools have different set ups for their driving courses but here at A Pass 4 U we offer courses from 6 hours, which is someone who has recently failed a test, all the way through to a 50 hour course for people who have no driving experience and are nervous about driving.

The intensive driving courses are normally arrange with 5 hours training per day and the DVSA test is arranged as the last hour on the last day. I say “normally” because we can design the course around you and can insert days where you have no driving but be warned the more spread the days the least affective the driving course will be.

Of course you will have the same instructor and car throughout. During the test you will also have use of the car.

Using your own car

  • If you were considering using your own car for the driving course and test this should be fine but please remember that the car must meet these requirements,
  • be properly insured and have a valid tax disc
  • be roadworthy and have a current MOT if it needs one
  • be checked and fixed if it has a known safety fault
  • have a seatbelt for the examiner
  • have an interior rear-view mirror for the examiner (these are available from most motor stores)
  • have a proper passenger head restraint (not a slip-on type)
  • be a smoke-free environment (you can’t smoke in the vehicle just before or during the test)
  • have 4 wheels
  • be able to reach at least 62mph
  • have a speedometer measuring speed in mph
  • have no warning lights showing – for example, the airbag warning light
  • have L-plates (‘L’ or ‘D’ plates in Wales) on the front and rear
  • have a maximum authorised mass (MAM) of no more than 3,500 kilograms

but be warned as the examiners do not see your car regularly they will scrutinise your car thoroughly and if they find a reason not to take your car out on test, they will refuse to take you. Problems could include slashes and cuts in tyres, chips or cracks in the windscreen or a problem with the paperwork. Sometimes its just best to use the instructors car and avoid all complications and stress. 

What Intensive Driving Courses Is Right For You?

Working out what driving course is right for you is difficult to say without seeing you drive and this is why we always recommend an assessment lesson. We offer a 2 hour assessment lesson for just £32.00 (manual), £35 (automatic). If you don’t want to or don’t have time for an assessment lesson you can use a rough rule of thumb is to use the following calculation,

minimum someone will need if they have not driven before –             40  Hours

less recent training (within the last year) –                                          X   Hours

less 1/2 private practice (practice is less effective than lessons) –     Y   Hours

Approximate Hours required                                                              T    Hours  

If you have some experience on the road using motorcycles deduct 5 hours from the training required. If you are particularly nervous add 5 hours to the required training.

What Do I Need For My Course and Test? 

Everything is included in the cost of your intensive driving course but a small amount of cash for a cup of coffee or some lunch will be required.

For the entirety of you course and for the DVSA driving test you will need both parts of your driving and in fact if you do not have both parts of your driving licence during the test the examiner will refuse to take you out on test.

The Structure Of A Course

We already know that normally courses are run with 5 hours training per day and the last hour on the last day is the DVSA driving test but where you start your learning will depend on you knowledge and proficiency of each task.

If you have not driven before we will start you off some where very quiet and go through the basic controls and tasks but if you have some knowledge we will start from the point at which you can prove your skills. Things you will cover will include,

  • basic controls
  • emerging left and right
  • crossroads and T junctions
  • roundabouts
  • hill starts
  • meeting traffic
  • crossroads
  • turn in the road
  • reverse around a corner (left)
  • parallel park
  • bay park
  • emergency stop

This is not all the aspects but it does cover the majority of the bigger subjects.

If you would like to book an intensive driving course or have a query on what’s involved please do not hesitate o call us on 08458 121 007.