It’s the question any new driver has. How many lessons does it take to drive?
It is an important question because it gives us an idea of the time it will take to pass and also an indication of how much it will cost us to pass.
Obviously the answer to this question is different for everyone but I will go over how many lessons it is likely to take you before you pass your test.
The answer is, it depends
According to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), most people take 45 hours of lessons to learn how to drive, plus 22 hours of practising.
We would say that this is the average but many people will take more hours, and many will take less.
The number of lessons it takes to drive depends on how quick a learner you are and also how much time you put in outside of lessons.
I want to learn in as few lessons as possible…
If you would like to learn in as few lessons as possible then read this section. If you would prefer to take your time then you can skip to the next section.
Your instructor will take you through all of the important skills that are involved in passing your test. If you are good at learning yourself then you can get away with having a lesser number of lessons.
Our tip if you would like to pass in as little lessons as possible is to have a lesson every 2 weeks. These lessons are only to learn the essential skills. In between the lessons, you will spend your time learning with a family member in your own car or in an Arnold Clark dual control rental car.
If you use this method it is important that you inform your instructor so they can spend each lesson going over a different key skill or manoeuvre.
It is also important that you listen carefully to your instructor and take all information on board. When you are practising it is important that you have the correct technique or you will pick up bad habits.
If you use this method of learning then you should need roughly 10 hours of lessons, much less than the suggested average of 45 hours from DVSA.
You will have to do a lot more work in your own time however.
This method is great if you are confident learning by yourself with less supervision from an instructor.
I want to take my time learning…
If you are not in any rush to pass and would like to make sure you learn to drive thoroughly, it is likely that you will need more lessons.
This suits those of whom don’t have their own car to practice in or don’t feel as comfortable learning without an instructor.
If you cannot do much driving in your own time then it will take more lessons. It is important to get as many hours on the road as possible so that you can react naturally to events on the road.
We suggest that if you don’t have a car to practice in, you rent a dual control car from Arnold Clark. Practising in your own time will really cut your costs. The price of renting a car can be less than a quarter of that of a lesson.
A 2 hour lesson every week with another 2 hours driving in your own time is very reasonable. If you follow this method, we would say, 30 hours of lessons in total is very achievable.
So how many lessons do I need?
Well as we have discussed this depends on how you want to learn. You can take under 10 lessons, or you could take 45 lessons.
It is very difficult to say until you have had some time on the roads.
The best way to get a good estimation of how many lessons you will need is to ask your driving instructor after 5 lessons. They may not want to give you an answer, but most will be able to give you a rough estimate based on how quickly you are picking up the skills.
This may not have provided you with the answer you were looking for but it is impossible to give a solid number of lessons that it takes to learn to drive.
Our advice is don’t rush it, and try to enjoy yourself in the process. Happy driving!
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