OK, so you have actually achieved success in getting your provisionary driving licence from the DVLA and you’re ready to find a driving school and get motoring. What next? Do you take routine lessons with a successful driving school or do you go for an extensive driving course supplied by a Driving Standards Firm (DSA) Approved Driving Trainer (ADI). Before we begin can I simply say that as an ADI I’m not too keen on the term “driving refresher course” I much choose the term “intensive driving course”. If somebody says “refresher course” to me I have visions of them wishing to drive my car around Northwich on 2 wheels at breakneck speeds! Not the step of a successful driving school at all!
You do not need to have actually had any previous motorist training to take an intensive driving crash course, in fact you do not need to have passed your theory test to commence learning to drive, nevertheless a little experience and understanding goes a long way. It actually is a huge ask to come from having no experience of driving to pass your driving test in a 5 day extensive driving course.
In this post we’re going to deal with extensive driver training in its various guises. If you put a successful search into Google for “driving school refresher course”, “quick pass driving courses” or “intensive driving lessons” you will be presented with a huge selection of options these range from extensive courses in your area to property courses, from courses where you can go from no experience to a test pass, or having had lots of previous experience.
This is sometimes a problem with this type of driving course, the driving test is booked where there is a driving test offered. This suggests that, although you will be taking your driving lessons in one area – e.g. Blackpool, you might be taking your test in an entirely various location – e.g. Northwich. The disadvantage here is that you will not have the ability to gain any regional understanding of an area and recognize ‘hot-spots’ where it is simple to be caught out on the driving test.
Of all let’s break it down into domestic and non-residential intensive driving courses.
Residential fast pass courses are offered by driving schools usually in an area with a lot of hotels, a fine example of this is Blackpool. Blackpool has actually turned into a little a Capital for intensive driving courses and has a number of schools offering driving lessons and accommodation at really affordable rates. A great deal of individuals from London and the South East take this alternative as it’s a very cost effective way of getting a driving licence (driving lessons in London are far more costly than those more north). Another advantage is that the traffic volumes, especially in the off season, are substantially lower in the north west.
The courses can operate in various ways however normally the first day of a week’s extensive driving course is spent studying theory and the second day of the course is taking the theory test, if effective the driving school can then reserve a practical driving test with the DSA.
The next alternative is to opt for a local successful driving school and have the intensive driving lessons and test in your own location (offering the DSA have not closed down your driving test centre yet!). The way I conduct extensive courses (and I have had lots of successes this way) is to meet the student driver after they have actually passed their driving theory test, we then go online to the Driving Standards Company site and book a driving test for the future. The intensive driving course is scheduled in reverse from the date of the test, so for example:
- The driving test is scheduled for Friday 13th March at 14.30 h.
- The last driving lesson is reserved to begin on the early morning of Fri 13th and finish with the test.
- Day 4 of the intensive driving lesson is booked for Thurs 12th.
- Day 3 of the extensive driving lesson is scheduled for Weds 11th.
- etc, and so on
The proper intensive driving course for the best individual can produce outstanding driving test success, I have actually had results of over 90% of intensive driving courses pass within their first 2 driving tests and over 70% passing first time, this far exceeds the nationwide average.
. I encourage the trainee to get as much practice as possible in up until the start of the first driving lesson, this practice might only comprise of driving round a parking area or a little area of personal land. This is to attempt to develop the control skills as much as possible prior to the first driving lesson, it’s easy to teach somebody with control skills however little road experience however, for some the control skills can be a major stumbling block and keep back the whole knowing to drive process.
Similar to all intensive driving courses there can be no assurance that you will pass and the extensive nature of crash driving courses they are not for everybody, bear in mind that you are training your body and mind when driving, integrating numerous skills into one and for some people this can take longer than others. If you do not have co-ordination or find it difficult to examine threats or speed and range then it might be better for you to take routine lessons and accept that it may take longer to be effective at your driving test. For a lot of nevertheless to be successful at your driving test can be assisted by selecting an excellent driving school. In my experience I have actually discovered that the ideal candidate with a little previous training can absolutely get up to driving test requirement and achieve success in their driving test with a week long intensive driving course.