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Your Guide to Driving Crash Courses

December 29, 2023

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Sam Plant

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For most people, the journey to getting a driving licence takes far too long. With traditional driving tuition, a learner only drives for a couple of hours per week, and it can take months (or sometimes even years) before they finally pass their test. This slow pace of learning means that lots of time is lost refreshing what was learned in a previous lesson, and this is why driving crash courses were created.

At PassMeFast, we’ve changed the game and modernised the industry. That’s why we specialise in intensive (but never inflexible) driving tuition. This helps cut the length of your course down from months to just days.

We’re also one of the best in the industry when it comes to beating DVSA waiting times for theory and practical driving tests. No more waiting around for a test to become available — PassMeFast offer fast-track practical tests so you can skip the queues and get your licence ASAP.

Booking a Driving Crash Course

The first step towards getting your licence is booking a course with PassMeFast. Luckily, it couldn’t be simpler. You can book online in just a few minutes. Not sure which course is right for you? Take our 30-second Course Recommender for a spin to find out. t to speak to a real-life human? Give our friendly team a call on 0333 123 4949 and we’ll answer your questions.

We offer a wide range of courses tailored to different levels of experience, and all of them can be taken in a manual or automatic car. From complete beginners with zero experience to confident test-ready whizzes — we guarantee there’s a PassMeFast course to suit you.

Once You've Booked Your Crash Course

After you’ve booked, it’s time for us to work our fast magic. We’ll start by sending you a form to complete. This form lets you choose where and when you’d your test and how you would like your course to be structured. You’ll also need to send us some details, like your provisional licence number and full name, which we’ll need to fast-track your tests.

Step One

If you need a theory test, we’ll book this first. You can’t take your practical until you’ve passed your theory, so it’s vital to get this done as fast as possible (which is what we’re best at). We’ve also got loads of resources to help you pass your theory.

Step Two

Once you’ve passed your theory (or if you’ve already passed it), the next step is to fast-track your practical test. Having your practical test in place means we can build your course in the run-up to your test — no gaps, no waiting around, no time-wasting.

We don’t want to toot our own horn too much, but our team are experts at finding driving test cancellations so you can skip the standard waiting times. Smart learners finish fast!

Step Three

After your practical test is booked and you’re happy with the appointment, we’ll assign you a PassMeFast instructor. Our instructors are all DVSA-approved and have bags of experience. They’ll offer you friendly, professional and patient tuition, and they’ll always teach one-on-one.

Step Four

Your instructor will get in contact with you and you’ll arrange your course hours in a way that suits your schedule.

Step Five

Buckle up and get comfy. It’s time for your course to begin!

Your Driving Course

Our driving courses are intensive, but never inflexible. It’s up to you and your instructor to decide the right pace for your lessons. This means you have the chance to decide your course schedule. Don’t fancy spending lots of time in the car in one chunk? No drama! Go for a semi-intensive course structure for the best of both worlds.

Since your test will be booked before you start your course hours, you’ll know exactly when and where your test will be. This means you’ll be able to take your course in the area around your test centre, so you have a good knowledge of the local roads and learn what to expect on the big day,

What you learn during your lessons will vary depending on the length of your course, your previous experience, your own personal strengths, weaknesses, and needs.

Beginner drivers will learn everything from the basics — including how to start, stop and steer the car — before mastering the manoeuvres you could face on the test. On the other hand, experienced learners will iron out any issues and build confidence ready for the practical.

Taking Your Practical Test

The final step in your journey is taking your practical test. Although it might seem a bit daunting, there’s no need to panic. Having just completed your course, your newly acquired skills will be fresh in your mind, giving you the best possible chance of passing.

Still feeling some pre-test jitters? Check out our handy guide to the top 5 skills to remember during your test.

  • Show and Tell: Before you get behind the wheel, you’ll be asked a couple of questions about car maintenance and safety. It’s often referred to as “show me, tell me”, because the examiner will ask you to show them where a certain feature is located, or tell them how you’d perform a particular check. Make sure you brush up on what’s under your car’s bonnet, so you’re prepared for whatever questions get thrown at you. Don’t worry, it’s all fairly basic and your instructor will help you.
  • Take the Wheel: The next section of your practical will be the general driving section. This tests your ability to deal with different types of road conditions and should last around 20 minutes. If possible, the examiner will try to mix up the types of roads you take to include urban roads and higher-speed-limit roads such as dual carriageways. This section of the test is intended to show the examiner that you're a considerate driver who's conscious of real risks on the road. It's super important to be aware of your surroundings and show consideration for other road users and pedestrians.
  • Going it Alone: The independent driving section of the driving test was introduced in 2010, making it one of the newer parts of the driving test. Further changes came in December 2017, when sat navs were introduced. Now, 80% of learners will take their driving test with a sat nav and the remaining fifth will follow traffic signs to get to a specific destination. Don't worry if you miss a certain sign or instruction —you won't be penalised for taking a wrong turn. It's also perfectly acceptable to ask the examiner for clarification if you're unsure of what to do.

Most importantly — don’t stress! The practical test is your chance to shine and show off everything you’ve learned during your PassMeFast course. Follow your instructor’s guidance and you’ll be getting rid of your L-plates for good!

What Happens If I Fail?

The first thing to remember is that you’re not alone. In fact, the average pass rate for practical tests is under 50%. It’s normal to fail your test, especially if it’s your first time, and you’ll gain vital feedback to make sure you get it right next time.

Failing your test is just a bump in the road, not a dead end.

To help ease the pain, PassMeFast can help fast-track a new practical test for you as soon as two weeks later. We can also give you additional tuition to iron out any issues and make sure you’re test-ready. Before you know it, you’ll be laughing off your failure and passing in style.

Welcome to Driving!

That’s it! Pink licence in hand, you’re now ready to hit the road! So what are you waiting for? Get out there!

Got a Q? We've got the A on our FAQs. Need to chat to someone about your course? Find our how to contact us, or call us on 0333 123 4949 — we’re always more than happy to help!

Still looking for more useful information? We've compiled a fantastic list of resources, to help you learn everything you need to know to get test-ready in no time!

FAQs

Are driving crash courses worth it?

If you want to pass quickly or you learn better when you're under a pressure, a crash course is definitely worth it for you. Instead of doing a couple of hours every week, you'll do longer lessons a few times a week. If it goes well, you might need fewer lessons, meaning you'll spend less overall.

 

What happens if you fail a crash course?

If you fail your crash course, it's best to take a few extra lessons to brush up on some of your skills and make sure your next test is your last. PassMeFast can find you a test much sooner than the current wait times with our special fast-track system. Just rebook on your Student Portal or give us a call and you're off.

 

Can I pass my driving test in 2 weeks?

It's possible, but unlikely. Even if you're able to secure a last-minute cancellation, almost all driving instructors will be booked up beyond that and you'll struggle to find someone to give you driving lessons or loan you their car for the test. At PassMeFast, we organise your whole course around your test date. We'll make sure you have a test much sooner than the current wait times, and we'll find an instructor to cover your course hours in the lead up to your test.

 

Is it easier to do a crash course?

It totally depends on how you learn best. Some people struggle to take everything in in such a short space of time. Other people thrive from the pressure and forget a lot when they're doing slower-paced lessons. It's important to find the right balance and choose a course that works best for you.

 

How much is a driving crash course?

The price of a PassMeFast course in your area will stay the same regardless of how intensive it is. Pricing varies by area and depends on how many hours you're taking. To find out more, pop your postcode in and see prices in your area.

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