Learning to drive is always going to be an exciting time in your life. It’s your first chance to get behind the wheel of a car and start your path towards independence on the road. As soon you start taking the lessons, you will probably look forward to the day where you can fly solo in your own vehicle, but just how many driving lessons do I need? This is the question we’re going to explore in this article.
On average, it will take a new driver 45-75 hours of practice in a vehicle before they are ready to take their test, with the DVSA recommending at least 45 hours with a fully approved driving instructor and 20 hours with friend or family. That might seem like a lot of time. However, it is important to that the skill you are learning brings great rewards but also requires even greater responsibilities as you will be in charge of a car and will be required to us it safely and legally. This isn’t something that can be learned safely over a few hours or crammed into just a few days.
This usually means forty or fifty hours if your taking 2 hour lesson, around 20/25 but this can massively increase if you take shorter lessons such as single hour, not only will it obviously take longer to learn but single our lessons are much less productive due to the lessons finish almost as soon as the student gets in to the swing of it. In many cases it can take 20-30% more hours to pass doing a single hour a week than someone taking a 2-hour lesson also once a week. Driving instructors often have a range of lessons lengths to fit the students needs, which means that the number needed could be significantly shorter.
It’s also worth considering that while this is the average number, some students manage to pass with significantly less. Indeed, with as little as 20/25 hours but this is often because the student has only been tutored to “pass the driving test” and not to actually be a safe driver for life, it’s the driving instructors responsibility to make sure a student is safe to drive under all events not just to take the driving test its, thankfully this practice is quickly being eliminated by the DSVA by checks on driving instructors standards and most examiners will spot a inexperienced student within a few minutes starting a test. Its very bad practice and leaves everyone on the roads at risk.
All being said, the amount of hours required is very much bespoke to each student but taking it too early can cost most in the long run as nationally the average driver takes two attempts to pass their test. That means that if you don’t get the number of lessons you need, you could be spending more than you need to, learning to drive.
Typically speaking, your driving instructor will determine whether you are ready to pass your test. They will judge this by marking your progress on the various different skills needed to pass such as starting the car on a hill or performing a parallel park and most importantly your able to drive full self aware in all situations. Once you have reached a point where the driving instructor is satisfied you can pass the test an appointment will be arranged.
Some people may get a slight jump-start if they have any driving experience before they start lessons. For instance, some might practice with family or friends to get the basics down. By doing this, you may not have to spend one lesson learning how to put the car in gear.
It’s also worth pointing out that there are intensive driving courses that take about a week. The number of lessons can vary, but they are often significantly less than the average forty or fifty. You can consider this option if you already have some experience driving and know the basics.
Ultimately though, the number of lessons you need will be determined by your individual learning curve. It is not wise to rush to get to the exam, as if you are not ready you will only fail and need to retake it again. That’s why it’s best to let your driving instructor determine when you are ready for your driving test.
Here at Totally Driving, we offer your first hour of driving for just £10! This is the perfect opportunity for you to find out if we are right for you, and for our instructor to get a feel for how many lessons you will need, based on your capabilities.
To get started, call or text us now on 07513 193969 and we can get you on the road in no time!