How Many Driving Lessons Will it Take for Me to Pass My Driving Test?

Kristy O'connorThis is one of those questions which a Driving Instructor is asked on many occasions.  The answer you are likely to get is, “How long is a piece of string!”

There are many factors which contribute to how long it will take, including financial and time constraints. Someone who is able to take driving lessons a couple of times a week, picks it up quickly and doesn’t struggle with any of the aspects of the practical and theoretical application of learning to drive – will most likely be confident enough to take their driving test at an earlier stage than someone who feels less confident, cannot afford to have as many driving lessons as they’d like and struggles more with the practical and theoretical aspects of learning. They will no doubt take longer.

Regular lessons are important, keeping the gaps as close together as you can between each one. This means that the learning does not have to be gone over, to refresh the learner. Generally, you are more liable to pass at a quicker rate, if you learn when you are younger. My husband, as a Driving Instructor found that young men learnt more quickly but at the same time, were more adept at falling foul of the law once passed. Where young women generally learnt at a slower pace but remained steady once passed. I’m sure there are numerous individuals who don’t fit the mould.

Factors influencing the car test trend

A demographic trend of declining birth rates during the 1990s means that there are now fewer young people in the peak age group for driving tests (17-20). Population data suggests this trend is likely to continue until late in the current decade, before reversing. Data from the National Travel Survey show a clear downward trend in the proportion of young adults (aged 17-20) holding full licences since around 2007. The economic recession from 2008 may have discouraged some people from taking a test, but it has been suggested that this is also part of a wider, international social trend towards lower licence holding amongst the young.  DSA.Gov.UK

Car Practical Pass Rate: April – June 2015

43.3% Pass. Female

50.5% Pass. Male

Now what you really need to do is to think about yourself. 

How do you like to learn? Do you prefer to go for it, all in one go and spend an intensive period learning to drive so you can pass your test? 

Check out APass4U’s full list of intensive driving courses. Any of which can be tailored to your needs, such as:

30 hr’s over 6 Days – Freeway Intensive Driving Course: Confident young learners with little driving experience will benefit from this crash course (test fee included). Priced from: £758.00

35 hr’s over 7 Days – The Classic Intensive Driving Course: Confident mature learners with little driving experience will benefit from this crash course(test fee included). Priced from: £872.00

Would you prefer to take hourly driving lessons with a CRB checked Driving Instructor, gradually build up your confidence before taking the driving test?

Weekday hourly rate £22.00 (Manual) or £23.00 (Automatic).

Weekday block of 10 lessons £190.00 (1st Block) Manual, £200.00 (ongoing Blocks) Manual, £220.00 (Automatic).

Weekday block of 20 lessons £390.00 (plus 1 hour free) Manual, £430.00 (plus 1 hour free) Automatic.

Or would you like a mixture of both? A little intensive course to get you started and then regular lessons after to keep you moving. 

You could start with the Weekender and then switch to weekly lessons, to maintain the flow.

12 hr’s over 3 DaysThe Weekender – For people whose weekday commitments are high. This package is to be used by candidates who are close to test standard (test fee included). Priced from £336.00

What’s your style of learning and which course would suit you?

If none of them do, then just give A Pass 4 U a call on 03458 121007 and the supportive and helpful staff will see what tailor-made package they can come up with to suit your needs.

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Janice Stringer

Involved with the driver training industry for some years, Janice writes for A Pass 4 U, frequently offering her advice on the rules of the road.

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