Intensive Driving Courses – What you need to know? What to Avoid (2024)

Intensive Driving Courses are suitable for people who want to pass their driving test in one to two weeks with lessons being 2-5 hours per day and do not want to spend months and years learning.

Below you can read some tips to help you decide which is the most suitable driving course for you

Do Intensive Driving Courses work?

The short answer is YES, but this depends on you and getting the right driving instructor who is an expert in doing them.

They are not for everyone, but if you have limited time or a limited budget, it is by far the best way to learn to drive. It’s suitable for people who want to pass their driving test in one to two weeks with lessons being 2-5 hours per day and do not want to spend months and years learning.

Step 1

When planning on doing your intensive driving course the first thing you need to do is make the time available for your course.

Step 2

Plan the date you want to start and finish your driving course and clear your diary for work and all other commitments for the days/weeks you intend to do your driving lessons.  Make sure your only focus is your course and nothing else.  By doing a crash driving course you will be learning to drive in a shorter space of time compared to people doing normal driving lessons, which can take from 6 months to a year. It will be tough but remember that it’s only for a short period.  As I always tell my pupils you should treat it like work, you’re paying so you want to get the most out of it and get as much done as is humanly possible in the shortest period possible.

Step 3

Pick your driving instructor/school carefully, spend time researching them as you will be spending a lot of time with them in a confined place.  Whether they’re indepenent driving instructors, or part of a school, you will want your instructor to work as hard as you intend to work yourself,  it is not very often we have to spend a lot of time with people we don’t know.  A good instructor is worth their weight in gold.  Lots of driving schools offer intensive courses whilst also offering normal driving lessons at the same time.  It is best to avoid these driving schools as it is very difficult if not impossible for a driving instructor to teach 20 other pupils at the same time as offering you a proper intensive driving course.

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Intensive Driving Courses with Niall Horan. Congratulations to Niall, a former member of the band One Direction, who passed with Intensive Courses.

Step 4

You will need your driving instructor to put in as much time and effort if not more into your driving lessons as you do to give you the best chance of passing your driving test.

When you search the internet for these courses you will come across lots of driving schools in the UK offering them, take your time when choosing which school is right for you.  If a residential course suits you best, maybe this is because you want to get away from family and friends to focus,  do check how many hours a day you will be doing behind the wheel.  It’s not much good getting a hotel for a week and only spending a couple of hours a day behind the wheel.

Step 5

The DVSA driving test is tough and you will want the best driving instructor on your side helping you all the way.  Try and avoid going on a course where you do a 5-hour lesson before your driving test as this will make you shattered and the chances of you passing will be a lot less then if you do a gentle warm-up. I  would recommend no more than 2 hours beforehand.  Bring water to your driving lessons and have some before you start the test.  All driving schools are NOT equal, we at Intensive Courses Driving School believe we are the best driving school in the UK offering intensive driving lessons, try us and we hope you will be delighted with the result.  Always remember the examiner is looking for a safe driver, not a great driver, don’t rush and always stay focused.

How does Intensive Driving Courses work


What you need to know before starting your Crash Courses

You must hold a UK provisional driving licence. ­ Click here.

You will need to have passed your theory test before the start date of your intensive driving course as it is not possible to book a practical driving test with the DVSA without this, there is also waiting times for practical test dates which change day by day, minute by minute, with the intensive course it is best to wait until you have a practical driving test booked in place and work backwards from the test date to fit your lessons in, if you are doing a semi-intensive course you can start your lessons at a much earlier date if you are not too concerned about doing your course over a matter of weeks, we can help you with passing your theory test with our extensive range of free study material on this site.

We will book both your theory and practical driving tests for you. Your practical driving test will be in place for you on the last day of your course, dependent on waiting times on the Governments booking system.

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You will have the same driving instructor for the duration of your driving course and you will learn on a one to one basis with no other pupils in the car.

How long does intensive driving take?

Depending on which course you do, the courses can be taken from 1-week plus, your driving instructor will try and work around your availability as much as possible.

The maximum hours that can be done per day is 5 hours providing the instructor has the availability.  It is always best to book your lessons in once you know when the practical driving is and work backwards from that test date to fit your hours.

But it really does depends on the individual as the course is taught on a case by case basis.

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Intensive Driving Courses Alternative

If Intensive Driving Courses are NOT Suitable for me?

Why not do a semi ­intensive driving courses which are less intense than an intensive driving course.

For this course, you do not need to have passed your theory test, but you will have to have passed your theory test before we can book a practical driving test.

You will have the same driving instructor for the duration of your course and you will learn on a one to one basis with no other pupils in the car. Read more

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Last updated: 22/03/2024

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