How long will it take to learn to drive?

Everybody learns to drive at a different pace, which is often led by how many hours of driving lessons you can fit into your busy schedule! Of course it’s great to have a target to work towards, so we’d recommend looking at a timeline for the whole process of 6-9 months. As well as the time it takes to reach the required standard, you’ll need to considers are waiting times for tests in your area In some places the theory test wait can be 2-3 weeks and the practical test can be 6-8 weeks (during the summer holidays, expect these to be even higher).

How many lessons will it take me to pass my Driving Test?

How many lessons will you need? There’s no easy answer. That’s because everyone is different. One person might fly through the practical test after just 20 hours of teaching, another could still be plugging away after 100 hours. The DVSA, who run the test, used to recommend 45 hours of professional tuition with a driving instructor and 22 hours of private tuition with a parent or another experienced driver. However, DVSA doesn’t make that recommendation anymore because there’s no one-size-fits all answer.

As a rule of thumb, expect to need at least 40 hours of lessons and if you pass sooner, think of it as a bonus.


Why do driving instructors and driving schools recommend 2-hour lessons?

Most schools prefer to deliver driving lessons as 2-hour blocks and with good reason.

In a 2-hour lesson, you can often progress much more than you would in 2 x 1 hour lessons. You’ll have more chance to get into a rhythm, and will spend less time brushing up on what you covered during the last driving lesson.

So, while a 2-hour lesson might sound expensive at an average cost of £50, you will save money in the long run vs having 1-hour lessons. This is the norm, but not a rule, as everyone learns differently. Some learners find it easier to concentrate for 60 minutes rather than 120. Our advice would be to take a few driving lessons and speak to your driving instructor to plan the best approach that suits you.

Find a RED Driving Instructor near you

Find a RED Driving Instructor near you

RED’s experienced instructors operate nationwide. So whether you’re learning in Newcastle or Norwich or Plymouth or Preston, they’ll find the perfect instructor to help you on your journey to passing.