You might have heard your friend took 60 lessons before she passed and your dad got away with only taking 20 lessons, but this won’t have any impact on how many you’ll need. The fact of the matter is that there’s no hard and fast rule as to how many lessons you’ll need. What matters most is that when you take your test, you feel confident in your ability to drive.
The DVLA suggests that students need to take an average of 45 hours’ worth of lessons with a pro, but remember: this is an average. While some might take to driving like a fish to water, others may need more time on the road before they feel confident. But just because there isn’t a specific number of lessons you should take, doesn’t mean you should be taking hundreds before you pass.
Research suggests that it usually takes around 40 hours of formal lessons, plus an extra 20 hours practising with qualified family or friends. As a general rule, this number will increase the older you are.
I feel like I’m progressing really slowly, what can I do?
We’ve all been there. Sometimes it takes a while to get used to the rules of the road, but that doesn’t mean you should still be practising clutch control on a quiet street on the 10th lesson.
If you feel like you’re progressing too slowly, bring this up with your driving instructor. And if you aren’t happy with the way they’ve organised your lessons, consider changing your instructor. Finding the right fit can mark the difference between looking forward to your driving lessons and dreading them immensely.
However many lessons it takes, make sure you don’t take each lesson at the same time every week. Practising at different times and in different conditions can help you get used to tricky situations, such as in rush hour traffic or driving in the rain. Each different situation will bring with it its own set of challenges, and tackling these challenges with your instructor is much less stressful than tackling them by yourself for the first time after you pass!
Should I take lessons with my family or friends?
As long as they tick all the right boxes, then definitely! This can give you a great opportunity to get extra hours of practice in without having to pay for formal lessons with your driving instructor.
Just make sure you’ve got the right learner driver insurance, as not getting the right or any cover is illegal.
From just 75p a day, Adrian Flux’s provisional licence insurance is a great option as it allows you to build up a no claims bonus while you’re learning. And as your insurance will probably be one of your biggest expenses, this can be a great way of cutting costs! Just give them a call on 0800 085 6491 to find out more.
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.