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What Will Happen During My Course?

January 23, 2024

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Booking a driving course is one of the best investments you'll ever make. Being able to hit the road is the ultimate independence, it opens new job and travel opportunities, and frees you from public transport (or begging your parents/mates for lifts).

But not all driving courses are created equal. A PassMeFast driving course is the ideal choice for a learner looking to get their licence quickly but also offers you flexibility and convenience.

Let’s find out what happens during a PassMeFast course!

PassMeFast vs Other Driving Schools

Isn’t driving tuition the same no matter which driving school you choose? Not quite…

The traditional method of learning to drive involves taking just 1 or 2 hours of lessons per week — a drawn-out process that sees many learners pay over the odds while waiting months (or even years) to pass.

Other driving schools promise a more intensive experience. This usually means that you'll need to take all your lessons within a week. And sometimes you’ll even be expected to travel (and possibly stay overnight) at the school’s location. Can't take the time off work? Tough luck! And you often won't be able to take your test straight after your lessons end — instead, you'll be left twiddling your thumbs while you wait for a test booking.

PassMeFast created a driving course that gives you choice and flexibility. Our intensive and semi-intensive courses help you get on the road faster while fitting around your schedule.

But how exactly does it work? Let's find out.

Step 1: Booking a PassMeFast Course

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The first step on your driving journey with PassMeFast is booking. We’ve got coursesdesigned for every experience level. A driving newbie would probably need one of our longest courses, while someone who's almost test-ready may only need a short refresher.

If you aren’t sure which option is best for you, take our smart Course Recommender for a quick spin — it’ll tell you exactly which course you need to have the best chance of passing. Still not sure and want our expert advice? Give us a call and our friendly team will give you direction.

Once you've chosen your course, booking in is easy: either call us on 0333 123 4949 or use our fast online form. You'll only need to pay £250 as a deposit to secure your booking. And you could even spread the cost with monthly instalments from Payl8r.

If you don't have a valid theory test pass number, make sure to add a theory test onto your course when making your booking. We'll arrange for your theory test to take place in good time so that your course runs smoothly. Check out our theory test resources for useful guides to help you prepare and revise.

Step 2: A Few Details

To make sure we can dot the i's and cross the t's, we'll ask a couple of questions about how you want your course. We’ll ask things like

  • When you'd like your test to take place
  • Your availability for lessons and tests
  • Whether you'd prefer a fully intensive or semi-intensive course structure
  • Which test centres you'd consider
  • Any specific conditions or requirements which may affect your tuition

This will only take a minute or two. Then once we’ve got everything we need, we’ll start planning your course!

Step 3: Arranging Your Test

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No matter what road you take when learning to drive, every learner shares a destination: the practical test. We know it's important that the driving knowledge you gain is still fresh in your mind by the time it comes to taking your test. That's why, unlike some driving schools, we'll arrange your driving test appointment before we arrange your lessons. And it works!

When booking your test, we'll consider your availability and any requirements you have. Best of all, our fast-tracking department will arrange your test ahead of the waiting times you'd typically find on the DVSA website.

Once this date is secured, things shift up a gear and we move onto the next step!

Step 4: Assigning an Instructor

Thousands of DVSA-approved driving instructors are part of the PassMeFast team, helping to teach Britain’s learners the ways of the road. Thanks to their expert guidance, tens of thousands of learners have already got their mitts on a full driving licence. And you can be one of the next names in their diary!

We’ll connect you to an instructor who lives locally and knows the area like the back of their hand — including the roads which are likely to feature on your practical test.

PassMeFast courses are intensive, not intrusive. Once you've been connected to an instructor, you'll work together to plan a lesson schedule that fits around your daily life.

Also, you won’t need to scramble around for cash before each lesson — PassMeFast handle all payments to your instructor. With one less thing to worry about, you can focus on the driving.

Step 5: Your Course Begins

So, your test is arranged and your instructor is ready to pick you up from home or work. That can only mean one thing: you're about to start your PassMeFast course!

Each individual course will be unique. If you're completely new to driving, for example, you'll start by learning a few basic rules and moving the car around quiet roads. A more experienced learner will be practicing manoeuvres and heading out onto busier A-roads.

Because your practical test has already been arranged, you'll be able to spend lessons in the area around your chosen test centre. This gives you the confidence of knowing that, by the time your test comes around, you'll be familiar with the local roads — sparing you any nasty surprises that trip up unprepared learners.

Step 6: Time for Your Test!

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All your hard work has been leading up to this: the practical test. No matter which test centre you head to, the format will be the same:

  1. For safety reasons, the examiner will perform an eyesight test. Here, you'll need to read a licence plate from 20 metres. You’re allowed to wear glasses, and if you require them to see clearly, you must always wear them when driving.
  2. You'll be asked two questions about vehicle maintenance and safety. These are known as ‘show me, tell me’ questions, as each question begins with one of these phrases. The first of these questions (the ‘tell me’ question) will be asked when you're stood outside of the car. The second question (the ‘show me’ question) will be asked when you're behind the wheel.
  3. The actual driving part of the test will begin with a 20-minute-long general driving section. During this section, the examiner will provide directions for you to follow (e.g., “At the end of the road, turn right”). You'll also be asked to pull up safely at the side of the road on several occasions.
  4. The general driving section is usually also when they'll ask you to perform one of three reversing manoeuvres. If you're not asked to do so here, you'll need to perform one of them at the end of the test as you drive back to the test centre. The manoeuvres are:Bay parkingParallel parkingPulling up on the right-hand side of the road, reversing two car lengths, and rejoining the traffic
  5. The next section is the independent driving section of the test. For four in every five candidates, this will involve following directions given by a sat nav; the remaining twenty percent will instead need to follow traffic signs. Deviating from the route generally isn't a major issue, so long as you don't commit any driving faults when doing so.
  6. You'll then head back to the test centre and park up. The test is now finished. So, take a deep breath and relax — you've earned it! In a few moments, you'll find out your result. Fail, and your examiner will give you some feedback and let you know where you went wrong, giving you valuable tips to help you improve for next time. Pass, and you'll get a pass certificate to pose with, as well as the chance to send off for your full licence there and then. Either way, the examiner will also send your results sheet to you by email.

My course is over! What happens next?

What happens after your PassMeFast course depends on the result of your practical test. Pass and you're ready to ride solo like Derulo.

But if things don’t go to plan, it's not the end of the road. We'll get you back on track for a couple refresher lessons to help you polish up and put any issues right.

Want to chat about learning to drive with us? Just call us on 0333 123 4949! You can also book your course online in just a few minutes. The road to driving doesn't have to be long with PassMeFast.

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