What is an intensive driving course?

An intensive driving course or “crash course” is a course of driving lessons taken over a short period of time, typically between 1-2 weeks. There is no way for a supplier to guarantee a pass, but some may offer free lessons and re-test if you fail. Most courses will require you to have a provisional driving licence, with some courses requiring a passed theory test also. Courses vary in cost, but range typically are around £800-£1,200.

What is an intensive driving course?

For those learners who may be on a time crunch and need to pass their driving test quickly, they may be considering an intensive course, but what actually is it? An intensive driving course, or crash course, as they are more commonly known is typically a week of very full on driving lessons, normally around 8 hours a day. So, instead of having a lesson or two each week and spreading it over several weeks or months, it's possible to cram the whole learning process into a much shorter period.

While these intensive courses allow you to get everything out of the way quickly, experience counts for a lot when learning to drive - and there's only so much of that you can gain in a week. 

On average, those who pass have had 47 hours of lessons and 20 hours of private practice

Am I guaranteed to pass?

Unfortunately, no. Many companies will advise that with their intensive driving course, you are guaranteed to pass first time, but quite simply this is not the case. The best schools will give you an assessment session before you book, to gauge your ability. Research shows that, on average, those who pass their driving test have had 47 hours of lessons and 20 hours of private practice.  To be as safe a driver as possible you really need to practise in a variety of conditions, but if you do take the intensive driving course route, make sure you properly weigh up the pros and cons of this type of driving course or you'll end up throwing all your money away.

What do I need before I start my intensive driving course?

Before you start your intensive driving course, you’ll need to check you've got your provisional licence. You’ll also need to ensure you have passed your theory and hazard perception tests before booking. Some companies may offer to book this for you for an additional fee, but most will need you to have this before booking your course. You’ll also need to check the driving school you book with has definitely booked a practical driving test on your behalf. Some schools will just hope a cancellation comes up they can then book.

How much will an intensive driving course cost?

An intensive driving course can cost anywhere between £800 and £1200, with your test fee included.

Intensive courses are called so for a reason, so make sure you’re really sure this is best option for you before booking!