When becoming a learner driver, there are several things to be considered, with one of the biggest being, should I learn to drive with weekly lessons or by taking a crash course? Each option has its own pros and cons, however which is most suited to you may depend on the type of person you are and how you tend to learn best.
So, to make your decision a little easier, we thought we would break down the pros and cons of taking weekly driving lessons, and going on an intensive driving course…
A lot of people say that learning with weekly lessons makes you a better driver. Learning over a more prolonged period of time, encountering different weather conditions and exposing you to more scenarios on the road, will really prepare you for becoming an independent driver and ensure that you are confident in handling all situations. Although it is time consuming, it will equip you with better driving skills and set you up for facing the roads alone after you pass your test.
As opposed to crash courses, taking weekly lessons actually allows you time to fully absorb information and get a complete, full understanding of things. It means you can go into more depth, and spend more time ensuring that you are fully confident with something, whereas in an intensive course, you tend to just move from one thing to the next, sometimes hindering you from gaining a full understanding. Furthermore, you tend to be more focused if you just take one lesson a week for 1-2 hours at a time. This means your full attention is dedicated to learning, and you won’t become disinterested or lose focus as is possible when doing a crash course.
People often see the least appealing thing about weekly driving lessons as the cost, as well as the length of time it takes to pass. On average, people have around 40 hours of learning to drive before they are ready to take their test. So, if you just had your driving lessons as one hour per week, this would take you almost a year to be ready to take your driving test. It would also accumulate a higher cost over this period of time.
The most obvious benefit of taking a crash course, or an intensive driving course as it is also referred to, is the shorter period of time it takes to pass your driving test. The average crash course is around two weeks long, meaning that a lot of people learn to drive and pass their test within two weeks. This is ideal if you don’t have much available time to dedicate to having driving lessons every week. With a crash course, you can just block out this short period of time to dedicate completely to learning to drive and passing your test.
Taking a short intensive course is also good for setting you up with the basics of driving. Some people do this so that they can progress and learn the necessary skills, before booking a few additional weekly lessons to perfect their driving skills and get some more practice in, in order to stand a better chance at passing their test first time.
Although intensive driving courses are great and tend to sail you through the process of learning to drive a lot quicker than taking weekly lessons, there is no guarantee that you will pass your test at the end of it, nor is the instructor compelled to allow you to take your test. If you complete the course, but are not ready or at a level where the instructor feels confident that you will pass your test, they will not allow you to take it and instead advise booking some additional lessons. If this is the case, these additional lessons will get you up to standard and enable you to perfect the necessary skills.
Another thing that’s quite difficult with crash courses, is that it is an awful lot of information to take in, in a very short period of time. With crash courses, you will learn something, then immediately move onto the next thing, which may mean sacrificing as much practice time as may be necessary for a particular maneuver for example. Furthermore, they are long days of learning that you will have to endure every day, and so you may lose concentration and therefore not progress as well as you would with weekly lessons when there is only a short period of time where you need to be fully focused and maintain your concentration and attention span. When taking a crash course, it is sometimes difficult to absorb, obtain and understand all information being taught to you as you lose focus.
To conclude, whether you should have weekly driving lessons or do a crash course depends entirely on you and what you think seems best suited to you. It’s all about how you think you would learn best, as well as costs and time etc. For more information or if you would like to speak to us about booking some driving lessons, simply get in touch via our contact page and we will be more than happy to help.