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What Will I Cover In My PassMeFast Course?

January 23, 2024

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If you're here, chances are you've heard of a PassMeFast course—but are you clear on how they actually work? You've seen our happy (ex)learners' pass pictures splashed all over social media, but do you know the process they went through to earn those pass certificates? The confusion ends here!

We're about to do a deep dive into our tailor-made packages so you know exactly what to expect and what will be covered on your PassMeFast course. Join us for what will be a fun (and informative) ride!

What's a PassMeFast course all about?

Intensive driving courses

At the very heart of it, a PassMeFast course is designed to turn learners into safe and confident drivers in the shortest time possible. We ditch traditional lesson plans that see students get behind the wheel with an instructor for just 1 hour a week—that's simply not enough!

With a PassMeFast course, you'll be learning for 2-5 hours a session, depending on whether you prefer an intensive or semi-intensive approach.

No admin

Learning to drive involves a lot of planning and organisation. We want our learners to be able to throw themselves into the driving side of things, so we take care of all of the paperwork for you!

As soon as you sign up for a course, you'll be allocated a dedicated booking agent. This person will book all necessary tests, check in with you at regular intervals to see how you are progressing and assign you a suitable instructor. They're also on hand to answer any questions you may have along the way.

Simply provide us with a few key details about yourself (address, provisional licence number… etc.) and we'll sort out the rest!

The course options

A red and amber traffic light sequence

As well as selecting a course by number of hours, there are a few more options you can choose between to ensure the final package will be perfect for you. At PassMeFast, we offer both manual and automatic driving courses. So, be sure to select your preferred transmission first, to get a clear idea of pricing and recommended hours.

Once you've booked a course, you will also be able to highlight your instructor preferences (male or female) and desired pick-up location. While we do our best to accommodate a pupil's exact demands, some leeway may be required in rare cases. This is all in the interest of getting you passed as soon as possible!

Finally, though intensive courses are our bread and butter, we do understand that this speedy approach is not for everyone. If you would prefer a slightly more relaxed learning experience, you are welcome to ask for a semi-intensive course instead. Bring it up with either your booking agent or instructor, and we'll be happy to alter the lesson schedule.

What's covered?

Now for the important part—what is covered in each course. You can roughly split our selection of courses into 3 different categories…

The beginner packages: 48, 40 and 35 hour courses

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As you might expect, the beginner courses cover everything you need to know to become a qualified driver. The extent to which they do this, though, depends on the one you go for.

The 48 hour course is the one we highly recommend for all brand new learners. If you've never gotten behind the wheel of a car before, you can guarantee that this package will include everything you need to learn. We're talking about things like mirror checks and indicating, all the way up to the advanced manoeuvres.

Beginners who consider themselves fast learners may be tempted to go for our 40 hour course. This is perfectly acceptable, as long as you have a track record of picking up new skills quickly and are willing to work hard. It's also suitable for a complete beginner who is taking an automatic course, as you'll save time by not having to learn about changing gears.

While the 35 hour course is listed under our beginner selection, you should really only sign up for this one if you already have a basic understanding of how to control a car. Learning to drive involves taking on a bunch of new skills and using them all at the same time. Not easy if you have no idea what you're doing and limited time!

The intermediate packages: 30, 25 and 20 hour courses

20 miles per hour speed limit sign

The intermediate courses are designed for people who are somewhere around the midpoint of their driving journey. That is, you've built up a good amount of previous experience (15 to 30 hours) but still have quite a way to go before you can say you're test-standard.

Those who opt for the 30 hour course will have just enough time to polish up on the fundamental driving skills they've mastered and move on to tackling some of the more advanced areas like manoeuvres and roundabouts.

A 25 hour course gives learners who can just about get from A to B without any help the chance to move on to the more complicated driving skills. There will still be time to practice what you've already learned, but don't expect to spend much time on the basics!

The 20 hour course is ideal for those who are halfway through the learning process. You should already be quite a confident driver by now, so the course will focus on mastering key skills like parking and reversing.

The refresher packages: 15, 10 and 5 hour courses

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Our refresher courses are intended to do just that—refresh your existing driving skills. If you already know how to drive and just need a final boost or chance to recap some key areas, this kind of course could be just what you need. They've also proved helpful for people who are coming back to driving after taking a break.

Go for the 15 hour course if you just need to master a couple of important skills that you've already started to learn. You won't have time to go over anything too basic, but you'll be able to work on and expand your existing skills until they're perfect.

The 10 hour course is a great option if you've recently taken a test and failed or just want to shake a few minor bad habits to ensure your skills are up to scratch.

Driving skills

It's all very well talking about basic and advanced driving skills, but what exactly falls under each category? Let us clear some things up!

What we mean by the basics

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The basics of driving largely refers to the fundamental skills it takes to move a car from point A to point B. If you can easily drive a vehicle around an empty car park, for instance, you've nailed the basics.

In order to reach this point, you will need to be proficient at the following:

  • Mirror checks
  • Signalling
  • Clutch control
  • Accelerating
  • Steering
  • Changing gear
  • Braking

Now, the order in which you cover these skills largely depends on your instructor. Everyone is different and every instructor tends to have a variety of approaches up their sleeve. Some might find that by the end of their first lesson they've managed to drive down a road, while others might still be working on seat adjustments and understanding how the clutch works. Trust in the process and all of the skills will come together!

Getting more advanced

A roundabout at night

Once you've got the basics in the bag, it's time to start applying them to road scenarios that require more forward thinking and complicated actions. To be able to master the advanced driving skills, the basics need to be second nature. You shouldn't be looking down at the gear stick, for instance, while performing a parallel park.

Advanced driving skills include the following:

  • Reversing
  • Roundabouts
  • Anticipating and responding to hazards
  • Independent driving
  • Emergency stops
  • Manoeuvres: Turn in the road, Parallel parking, Bay parking, Pull up on the right, Reversing around a corner

Of the manoeuvres listed above, you will only be asked to carry out one of the following during the practical test: a parallel park, bay park (reversing in or reversing out), or to pull up on the right. Nevertheless, in order to be prepared to take on the road alone, it is imperative that you can perform all of the skills on the list.

Throw in a test or two!

You can consider PassMeFast a one-stop-shop for all your driving needs. In other words, we don't draw the line at great instructors and intensive lessons. You can add a theory test or fast-tracked practical test to your package with a click of a button! Our system ensures that you can skip long waiting times for tests and get the best date available at your chosen centre.

While we don't offer formal tuition for the theory test, we do have loads of free resources available, some of which will be sent to you in the run up to your test. The proactive among you can start revising now!

How to book a PassMeFast course

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So, as you can see, with a PassMeFast course you'll cover everything you need to know to reach test standard. No matter your starting point, we have a package that will get you across that finish line as quickly and efficiently as possible. If you have any further questions about the PassMeFast courses, head over to our FAQs section.

Launch your driving dreams today by signing up for a PassMeFast course! You can do so online or over the phone (0333 123 4949). Even if you don't feel quite ready, you can always give us a ring to discuss your options.

All that's left for us to say is good luck and happy driving!

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