Get your licence fast with an intensive driving course

Intensive Driving Lessons
Individually Tailored Courses

 

If you need to pass your driving test quickly, then we can arrange an intensive driving course just for you.

Ironically they are also known as driving crash courses, and offer you the opportunity to minimise the time it takes you to get your licence.

To help you choose which course is best for you please select which applies to you from the choices that follow:

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Our intensive driving courses are run by driving instructors with knowledge of the test centre at which you will take your practical driving test.

So not only do they have the skills to offer you the very best chance of passing, but they can also give you insights on the driving test routes.

Driving Test Pro's intensive driving lessons are normally conducted over consecutive days - if you require a semi-intensive course please let us know when you are booking.

Due to the demand for this intense style of driver training you must be prepared to fit in with your instructor's schedule, just as you would with bus, train and airline schedules, as your instructor may be juggling several pupils that they have committed to teaching.

Your course may therefore involve you having a good number of hours per day, although you will of course have comfort and refreshment breaks as necessary for you and your driving instructor.

The RAC, Britain's longest established motoring organization have this to say about intensive courses: "They are hard work and require a great deal of focus, commitment and dedication."

If you can do all those things in order to get your full driving licence then you can be sure that your instructor will match your efforts.

Driving Test Pro driving crash courses are one to one, with just your instructor and you in the car.

Intensive Course for an Extended Test

Automatic Intensive Course

Intensive Course for Novices

What to expect on our intensive driving course

If you are looking for an intensive driving course and you are a complete novice, then because you know so little you can be at an advantage because:

  1. You can learn to do things in a logical, expert way from the start.
  2. You don't have to unlearn any bad habits

Save money by preparing for your lessons

Before Lessons start. Ideally:

  1. You'll read the information on this site
  2. Decide how long a course you think you'll need
  3. Make notes if you have any queries
  4. Then you call us

We don't do impersonal online booking, as we feel that both sides benefit if we know about our customers before we teach them.

Only when we have agreed on a start time and date will we ask for a deposit.

Beware, many other intensive driving course providers ask for a deposit before finding you an instructor or providing a start date.

Your deposit will be paid to your instructor, not to a third party booking agent, which is what many intensive driving course providers are.

If you have never driven before we like to start you in an Automatic car so that you don't have so much to deal with from the word go. This would normally only be for a maximum of one session. If you don't want this we're quite happy and able to fit in with your wishes.

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A course for a complete novice usually varies from between £600 if you learn quickly to around £1500 if you don't

How the course starts:

If you have never driven before we like to start you in an Automatic car so that you don't have so much to deal with from the word go. This would normally only be for a maximum of one session, unless you decide you only want an automatic licence. If you don't want this we're quite happy and able to fit in with your wishes.

Your intensive driving course instructor will drive you from the pickup point to the quiet area where you will first get behind the wheel. On the way they will do two things:

  1. Demonstrate the way that you need to drive to pass your driving test.
  2. Point out the bad habits of others that would fail a driving test.

What you'll learn from that

You'll realise that driving is unlike other physical skills in that we can't learn to do it simply by copying the actions of others because:

  1. You need to get a feel for the controls of the car
  2. Many others break the rules after passing the test

Also, you might think that all instructors would know what the examiner is looking for, well you're right, they do know, because they demonstrate it on an extended driving test they have to take themselves.
But, here's the thing, just because they can do it, doesn't mean they can explain how to do it.
Instructors are graded on their ability to explain
Grade 'B' instructors don't explain things as well
Grade 'B' instructors have a lower pass rate
Over 75% of instructors are Grade 'B'
Intensive course suppliers tend to use Grade 'B' instructors
You don't have to worry about that with our intensive driving course instructors as we have A* instructors (over 95% on their assessment) who have devised a logical and structured explanation for what you need to do, why you need to do it and, most importantly, how to do it.
What A* instructors know that others don't
A* instructors know more about how people learn physical skills and they prioritise learning the most important skills first.

There are really three stages of learning a skill.

  1. Discovering: Knowing what you have to achieve, but not knowing how you achieve it
  2. Learning: Where noticable conscious effort is necessary and mistakes are still made
  3. Mastery: Where little conscious effort is necessary and mistakes are all but eliminated

We aim to take you from the first stage to the last as quickly as possible, whereas less skilled instructors are likely to keep you in the middle for longer.

Behind the wheel for the first time

Before you get behind the wheel, your instructor will demonstrate how to do the basic tasks such as:

  • moving off
  • accelerating
  • stopping
  • pulling in
  • steering

before asking you to take over.

They will then provide help, ranging from complete talk through of what to do, to mere prompts.

Once behind the wheel you will start with familiarisation of the controls, steering, brakes etc in a quiet area, even off the public road if necessary for your peace of mind.

Low speed car control will be prioritised as this is crucial for you to be able to deal with junctions safely.
You will be introduced to the:
Mirror
Signal
Manoeuvre
routine for dealing with all hazards, from parked cars to junctions including roundabouts. It is the cornerstone of what the examiner is looking to see on the Driving Test. We use an improved version of MSM called SCAN which is easier to understand.

What is the examiner looking for

During the breaks you will be familiarised with the Driving Test Marking Sheet which has various aspects of driving that you are being tested on.

There are three broad categories:

  • How you use the controls of the car
  • Where you place the car on the road
  • How you react to what you see

You will also be introduced to the idea of assessing your own driving by giving the various aspects marks out of ten and relating them to the marking system:

  • Above 6/10 Acceptable
  • 4/10 - 6/10 Minor Mark (15 allowed in total)
  • Below 4/10 Serious Mark (Test Failed)

Sadly, from reports that we get from pupils who have had lessons elsewhere, there are very few intensive drivng course instructors who familiarise their customers with the Marking Sheet.

So many people go for their test not knowing what they are being marked on, and consequently fail because they don't really know what the examiner is looking for.

What is your achievement goal to move on from Complete Novice?

You won't really be able to call yourself a complete novice once you are able to control the car well enough to:

  • Drive for about five minutes
  • Around a simple circuit with left and right turns
  • Without much, if any prompting
  • Reverse well enough to perform a manoeuvre such as parallel parking

Your driving skill level, at his stage, is likely to vary enormously in consistency, depending on what task is being assessed, but you’ll understand what ten out of ten is and be pleased when you achieve it.

Once you can drive for five minutes and do a manoevre you shouldn't think of yourself as a complete novice any more, but rather, as you move onto the next phase of your training, as someone who has done some driving.

How long is the Intensive Driving Course for a Complete Novice?

A Complete Novice is likely to take anywhere between 20 - 50 hours to get to the standard where they can pass a test. This wide variation depends on

Barriers to Learning

You'll know better than anyone what your own barriers are, allow that to guide your choice of course.

Realise though we want you to feel comfortable about your choice.

If you choose a course that turns out to be longer than you think you need as you progress, and you can pass a test with us before your hours are up, you can get your money back for the excess hours.

See the terms and conditions for details.

How much do our Intensive Driving Lessons cost?
Hourly Lessons cost from 39.50
A 50 hour course costs from 1750.
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A 40 hour course costs from 1375.
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A 30 hour course costs from 999.
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A 20 hour course costs from 745.
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Alternatively if don't think that you really are a complete novice then maybe our Done-Some-Driving course is for you. Find out more.

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I've Done Some Driving

Intensive Course if You Have Done Some Driving

How things start

If you at the 'Done Some Driving' level then the first thing your instructor would want to do is to check at where in the level you are.

This will involve them

asking you where you feel comfortable driving
have you drive around for a short while
assess what is good and what needs to be better

They will then discuss the assessment drive with you and agree on a set of realistic goals that you need to achieve to move on to the next level. It may be that some of your driving is still at novice level, in which case this would need to be addressed first.

If you are at the 'Done Some Driving' level but did not do your

I am a Complete Novice

training with us then we would introduce you to the more up to date and logical version of Mirror-Signal-Manoeuvre that we use, which makes things easier and the 'Marks out of Ten' assessment system

How things will progress

Your intensive driving course will continue to improve your

low speed car control
judgement when meeting traffic
ability to deal with junctions

If you have progressed to this stage with us, then the circuit that you drove on on the first day will be extended to include a greater variety of junctions. You will also be encountering more traffic and putting the SCAN procedure into practice to deal with this.

Your rate of progress can be improved by concentrating on putting the SCAN procedure into action as often as possible.

Barriers to Learning

If you are having problems getting things right your instructor may well discuss how can be influencing you. This is often a surprise to many learners as they don't realise how much can influence the speed and quality of their learning.

What your achievement goal is in order to move on from the 'Done Some Driving' level

You should be able to:

master the control aspects of two parking manoeuvres
drive for about ten minutes with no help on a quiet circuit
or with a few prompts on a busier circuit

Complete talk through might be necessary for complex situations, but you should be able to control the car as necessary. Your skill level should already be at six out of ten or better for many of the skills that you have learned up till this point, but there will still be skills that will be well below this due to the fact that you haven't learned them.

How many more lessons will you need to pass the test

Once you can control the car and understand the concepts of SCAN and Marks out of Ten it is merely a matter of applying this knowledge. How long this takes depends on several things. Find out more at

Barriers to Learning

If things are favourable, then it could be as little as ten hours, if it isn't then it is possible to struggle for two or three times that long, or even more.

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If you think you are better than this or want to know more about the next stage check out the following:

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Intensive Course if Your Driving is Fairly Good

What do we mean by drive quite well?
If you can drive quite well, this means you should be able to
drive for at least fifteen minutes on unfamiliar urban roads
without braking harshly, steering hurriedly or having other control issues
and with few prompts from an instructor
You should not
be getting too close to parked vehicles
miss seeing road markings, signs or signals.
You should already be able to do at least two of the four set manoeuvres that are required for the driving test, but not necessarily so if your prior training has not been with us. This is because some other instructors don't start teaching manoeuvres until people are at this stage.
Many people believe that they are at the 'Drive-Quite-Well' level because they can drive on familiar roads in a car that they are familiar with to this standard. A fifteen minute mock test assessment drive will quickly determine if you are at this level. If you are, progress to the driving test is likely to be fairly swift. If not you need to consider yourself at the previous level of:

I've Done Some Driving

It is often quicker to progress by going back and fixing the core skills rather than trying to work round things that are causing you problems.
What the Drive Quite Well level is likely to include
Much of your driving to date may well have been on urban or suburban roads at speeds below 30 mph.
At this new level you should
be reaching higher speeds
encounter Dual Carriageways
deal with unfamiliar roads
Your low speed control should also enable you to move away without rolling back or stalling
on the flat
on a slope
from behind a parked car
You will respond to everything in a predictably safe manner, be it road features or other road users.
How to prepare for your test
You will master any manoeuvres that you have yet done. You will also be able to assess your driving and know what is good enough for a test and what is below the standard.
The remainder of this level is really about pushing yourself, with your instructor really only needing to be there for legal reasons as you are still a learner. You will be put on longer and more varied mock tests until you can drive for forty-five minutes without any help.
Doing this will necessitate your driving skill improving in consistency as you apply the SCAN routine as close to 100% of the time as possible. Your skill level on all aspects of your driving will improve through five, six, seven out of ten until it is rarely below eight, often above, and certainly never below four.
Once you can do this you are ready for the test.
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I am Ready for My Test

I am Ready for my Driving Test

Statistically, if this is the first part of the page that you visit to book a quick test, it is more than 50% likely that you have come to the wrong page. The reason being that
More than half of the driving tests that are taken are failed
This is because test candidates
Are over optimistic about their driving skills
Don't know what examiners are looking for
If you are ready for the test, you should be able to
Drive for forty-five minutes on unfamiliar roads
Or on familiar test routes in the area that you will be taking your test in
This needs to be able to be done without any
help
advice
encouragement
If you can't do this then you aren't really at the Ready-for-Test standard but more likely at the standard of:

My Driving is Fairly Good

We don't like to take people for their test when they're not ready as it
Wastes your time and money
Makes us look unprofessional
Takes up a test slot for someone who is ready
Don't let that put you off though, because if you are not quite at Ready-for-Test standard you can often get there very quickly with some expert help. And we can start that right here.
Have you seen a Driving Test Marking Sheet?
Firstly make sure that you are familiar with the Driving Test Marking Sheet so that you know what the examiner is looking for on your drive.
Over 95% of people who come to us at this stage are unfamiliar with the Driving Test Marking Sheet, inasmuch as they have never seen one before.
Those who have had lessons with us before are introduced to it in their very first session and know exactly what the examiner is looking for before they go to test.
If you have previously failed a driving test or multiple tests, don't worry. We can get you sorted in a short space of time, often within a couple of days if you are really ready to pass the test.
Many people blame themselves or their examiner when they fail their test, but very few put any blame on their instructor. However you can only do your best and your examiner is only going to mark the faults that they see before them. If you've paid the instructor to get you to test standard and they put you in for a test before you are ready then you can legitimately blame them.
We won't put you in for a test that we don't think you're ready for.
It may be that you were being taught by someone whose instruction wasn't high quality. This is very likely as the DVSA, who regulate instructors, grade most as not delivering high quality lessons. Only those who are of Grade A standard are regarded as being able to deliver high quality lessons.

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