Deciding how you want to learn the skill of being behind a wheel is a big decision; there’s a lot of factors involved. One of these is considering an intensive crash courses vs driving lessons.

We’re here to help you decide: intensive crash courses vs driving lessons?

One of the most important things is to work out what kind of learner you’ll be and how much experience you’ve had up to this point. Making the decision on how you want to learn depends on what goals you have for passing your test. Here are some important things to think about in your choice:

6 Key Factors to Consider on Intensive Crash Courses Vs Driving Lessons

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Crash courses are most often chosen by learner drivers who want to pass their course as quickly as possible. These kind of courses allow you to maintain focus on the end goal over a short period of time. The intensity of the focus also means that you don’t lose time catching up from the last lesson. It’s worth thinking about whether this works for you. Do you have a goal in sight? Maybe you want to pass before going to university or in order to have a license for your chosen career? The DVSA recommends it takes an average of 45 hours of driving lessons to pass your test. This could take up to a year taking one lesson per week and if you’d like to pass and be driving independently faster than this, it’s worth discussing your goals with your instructor before you begin driving.

Crash courses can involve 4-6 hours of driving per day so you also have to think about your availability. Would you be able to give 1-2 weeks to intensive driving or are your other commitments unavoidable? We can tailor our courses with you up to 4 weeks and fit these around your schedule but you should consider whether this would work well for you.

If you can’t prioritise learning to drive for that length of time but you’d still like to pass your test within a certain time-frame, there are other options, including having several lessons a week and driving experience with responsible friends and family as supervisors- this can greatly improve your confidence and experience in a safe manner.

Crash driving courses can be perfect for helping you pass and get on the roads but there are other options if this isn’t for you, get in touch today!

Experience and preparation

You don’t need to have had any experience in the driving seat to take one of our intensive driving courses.

However, it’s worth thinking about what would be best for you depending on what experience you’ve had so far. The more basic control you have at the start of the course, the better your chances of passing are. If you have no experience with driving, are you going to be nervous or find it too intense to start with? Maybe a longer course would be ideal for you in that case. We can assess your driving skills at the beginning of any course and give you an honest guide of how many hours it should take to get you to pass rate standard. This is especially true when it comes to your theory test, it can be taken at any time but the DVSA recommends you have some driving experience before you do so think about what would work best for you: on a longer course you could take your theory test part way through.

Short, intensive courses can be perfect for those with previous driving experience who haven’t driven for a while but would like to pass their test quickly. If you have a good level of experience, we can get you up to the standards from as little as 10 hours.

Make sure you’re prepared for the course. You want to be up-to-date with your driving theory, make sure you’ve passed and have refreshed your knowledge. If you have a driving log from previous lessons, look at this as well; being aware of your strengths and weaknesses as a driver will help you pinpoint where the focus needs to be on getting your skills polished to a high level.

Cost Differences

Intensive driving does have different financial impact to weekly lessons. Firstly, it is a cost to pay out at once for the course and the test which can be more difficult than a weekly lesson to pay for. Cost can be a factor in thinking about intensive crash course vs driving lessons.

However, the benefits are that you may end up having less one-to-one instruction which cuts down the overall cost of learning to drive. This is because you don’t waste time between lessons and the goal of the test at the end of the week increases your focus.

Although cost shouldn’t be an important factor in learning to drive: passing with road confidence and safety are the priorities, an intensive course can be a great option to help you pass quickly and this helps you to avoid wasting both time and money.

You as a learner

The type of learner that you are is vital in working out whether an intensive course is for you or not. Intensive driving comes with a great difficulty and it requires a calm, focused attitude. Working under pressure requires you have to great communication with your instructor- you’ve got to be able to handle the criticism and correct where you can! Can thrive under pressure? Do you work really well with another person on a one-to-one basis? Then an intensive course will be perfect for you.

On the other hand, not everybody works like this. If you like to work in short bursts and then like to reflect and come back to something with a different approach, you might find the crash courses frustrating or stressful.  Intensive driving courses are not a quick fix for getting a license. They involve just as much focus and maneuvering/road skills work as regular lessons. Reducing this work into a small period of time can be very difficult, especially for some learners and you should be prepared for this. Nervous or stressed drivers will not cope well with this demand!

We also use slightly different teaching methods (tailored to each student) on our intensive crash courses vs driving lessons. On a smaller time-frame, our instructors must explain and tell you what to do more often than allowing you to find out the answer yourself using questioning and trial and error. Some students find they prefer one method or another. Do you like to be instructed in what to do or guided to build a skill?

If you’re not sure on what kind of learner you are, get in touch today for some advice from our instructors.

Experience on the roads

You won’t get the chance to experience as many different weather conditions in just one week. This isn’t an issue if you’re happy to gain confidence with these conditions as a new, independent driver. If you are nervous, however, about driving alone in unfamiliar conditions, driving lessons spread over a longer period of time might be better for you. Intensive crash courses vs driving lessons can come down to how much varied experience you want before you pass.

You’ll also have less opportunity to experience driving with the supervision of friends or family. This reduces the amount of hours on the road you will have as a provisional driver. It doesn’t affect your ability to pass your test but it does mean that you’ll have to build confidence driving with different people after the crash course. If you’re happy with this, the intensive driving course could be an excellent opportunity for you.

Pass rate and the test

Your test will be booked for the end of your intensive course, whether that’s one week or four weeks from when you start your driving experience. You can only cancel your test with 5 days notice; in the unlikely event that you don’t feel ready when it comes to taking the test, you may end up forfeiting the fee. However, we will do everything in our power to make sure you’re fully prepared, as our excellent pass rate of 77% shows. The intensive lessons leading up to the test help to make sure that you peak just at the right point and help build your confidence leading up to the test. A failed test is not the end of the road either; we will work with you to add in some extra lessons (if needed) and get your skills polished to take the test a second time (where 75% of our students the pass.)

At Awards Driving School, we’re committed to getting the best learner experience for you. Both intensive driving and regular lessons suit different people and goals and we’re here to help you find the best option. Get in touch to plan your route to success today!