What is an Intensive Driving Course?

Many people these days crave instant gratification, whether it's a meal, a package delivery, or even getting a driving license. The days of waiting for months or years to learn to drive and pass the driving tests are long gone. Intensive driving courses, also known as crash courses, have revolutionised the way people learn to drive, providing a shortcut to getting on the road quickly.  

But what exactly are these courses and are they truly worth it? Here at PassMeFast, we look into the pros and cons of intensive driving lessons so that you can make an informed decision about whether they're the right fit for you.

Driving instructor teaching an Intensive Driving Course

How do intensive driving courses work?

Back in the day, driving lessons would typically consist of 1- or 2-hour lessons, once a week. So, with the DVSA recommending at least 40 hours to get test-ready, learning the old-school way could take over a year.

However, intensive courses are designed to teach you everything you need to pass your driving test in the shortest possible time. These courses are usually spread over a week or two, with lessons on most (if not all) days.

One thing to bear in mind is that it’s best to pass your theory test before starting your lessons. This helps to prevent any delays if you need to re-sit the theory. Plus, it’s much more efficient to concentrate on just the practical side of things during your course.

Am I guaranteed to pass an intensive driving course?

If you're searching for an intensive driving course, you might come across some schools that offer a "guaranteed pass". At first glance, this sounds like a great deal. Who wouldn't be willing to pay a little extra to ensure they pass their driving test? However, the truth is that guaranteed passes are often too good to be true.  

Each provider has their own definition of a "guaranteed pass". Some offer just one extra driving test, while others offer several. In rare cases, you may be given unlimited attempts at the test but a time frame within which to pass. If you don't pass within that time frame, you've wasted all that extra money for nothing.  

The fact is that no company can guarantee you'll pass your practical test. Test examiners are employed by the DVSA, and no driving school or instructor can influence their decision. The one thing all companies can agree on when it comes to "guaranteed passes" is that they come at a cost. These types of courses are usually the most expensive, by far.  

We understand that the pressure of taking your driving test can be overwhelming. That's why we created PassProtect - a simpler, clearer, and cheaper way to give yourself peace of mind on the day of your test. If you don't pass on your first attempt, PassProtect gives you two more fast-tracked driving tests for the price of one. You can add PassProtect to any PassMeFast course to take the pressure off your practical test.

What is different about PassMeFast's intensive driving courses?

PassMeFast are intensive course specialists, but we reinvented the intensive to make learning to drive better for you. 

We understand that it can be difficult to find the time for an intensive driving course, especially if you have a busy schedule with work, hobbies, friends, and family. Therefore, we offer local intensive driving courses that can take place in your local area, with pick-ups and drop-offs arranged from your home or workplace. This way, you can become confident in driving around your local area and pass your test with ease. If you prefer to take the course in a different location, we can also arrange that for you. 

When you book with PassMeFast, we’ll ask you about your availability, rather than forcing you into our schedule. We’ll build the course around your needs and find the perfect test and instructor for you. Answer a few simple questions with our course recommender and we’ll suggest the best option.

It's not when you start, it's when you finish that matters

We book your driving test before your lessons start. By booking your test first, we can find your perfect instructor with plenty of availability in the run-up to your test. This way your lessons are as close as possible to the test day, keeping everything fresh in your head and giving you the best chance of passing your test. 

A running track with lanes 6, 7 and 8

Faster, easier AND more cost-effective

A female learner driver taking an Intensive Driving Course

Intensive driving courses often lure you into booking by promising to start lessons in just a week or two. However, your goal is not just to learn how to drive, but to pass the test as quickly as possible.  

Starting your lessons soon only to wait ages for your test will create a significant gap in your learning and cause you to forget important skills.  

This, in turn, will force you to spend more money on refresher courses. Therefore, it's not when you start learning, but when you take the test that truly matters. 

Would you prefer to go with a company that offers to start your lessons in 2 weeks, but your test would be 2 months after your final lesson? Or would you prefer to go with the company that starts your lessons in one month, with a test straight after your final lesson? 

Are you still hesitant about taking intensive driving courses? Don't worry! PassMeFast can still help you reach your driving goals in a shorter period.

We understand the importance of offering flexibility when it comes to learning. You may prefer to pass your driving test quickly, but intense courses may not be suitable for you. That's why we provide semi-intensive and non-intensive options as well.  

You can still complete the course faster than usual by fast-tracking your theory and practical tests. We will schedule your tests with enough time for you to fit your lessons in with our expert instructors at your own comfortable pace.

Intensive Driving Course FAQs

Is it worth doing an intensive driving course?

It depends when you want to pass. If you're looking to pass as soon as possible, it's worth considering an intensive driving course. You'll take your lessons in a short space of time, leading up to your driving test. If you can afford to take your time, you might find it easier to take a less intensive driving course.

How much are intensive driving courses?

PassMeFast charges based on the amount of hours you're taking, rather than how intensive your course is. You won't need to pay anything extra for an intensive course. The cost of each driving course varies by area, so visit our prices page to find out more.

Are you guaranteed to pass on a crash course?

Nobody can guarantee that you pass a driving test. The DVSA runs driving tests in the UK, and they hire examiners who decide whether you've passed or failed. Examiners can't be influenced, so it all depends on how you perform on the day. A company offering a guaranteed pass is usually being deceptive and there will be various clauses hidden in the terms and conditions.

Are intensive driving lessons cheaper?

A PassMeFast course is the same price regardless of how intensive it is, whereas some companies charge more for an intensive course. Having said that, you might find that you don't need as many driving lessons if you take an intensive course. This is because there's no gap between your lessons, so you don't forget what you've already learned. Taking fewer lessons means you could save money in the long run.

How do intensive driving courses work?

If you take an intensive driving course, you will do your driving lessons in a shorter space of time. Instead of one or two hours a week, you'll do longer and more frequent lessons.

How long are intensive driving courses?

It really depends on what works best for you, as well as how many hours of lessons you need. You could finish an intensive driving course in a few days or a week, or you could space out your lessons a little over a few weeks.

Are intensive driving courses any good?

An intensive driving course is great if you need to pass your test quickly, or if you learn better at a quick pace. If you struggle to take in a lot of information at once, or you're not in a huge rush, it might be easier to take a more relaxed approach to your driving lessons.



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