As a driving instructor the number one question I am asked from new pupils and potential pupils enquiring about driving lessons, is “how many lessons will I need to pass the driving test”? It’s not a question a driving instructor is able to give you an honest answer to. Sure, some instructors will pluck a number out of the sky or say something like “my average is” or “why not book 10 hours with me and see how it goes”! This is because they want you to book driving lessons with them and not lose you as a potential customer but the honest answer is we just don’t know. According to Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) the average is 45 hours with 22 hours additional private practice, but don’t let this put you off learning to drive as everybody is different in the time it takes to learn to drive and pass the driving test. Some people take a lot less than the average time and some can take longer. If I was studying for an A-level in English and ask you how many hours of study I would need to put in in order to pass, I’m sure you would find that a difficult question to give an honest answer to. Check out my blog “how to pass your driving test quicker“.
As a learner driver what’s more important to you – passing your driving test, or being a safe driver? A driving instructor’s job is to help turn you into a safe driver. If you’re a safe driver and you passed the driving test with ease, please remember that more than one in five new drivers have an accident within the first 12 months of passing their test. It is important to be a safe and confident driver, before passing your driving test, to lessen the risk of you being involved in a accident. If you’re lucky enough to be able to do private practice with a family member or friend please note your supervising driver must be over 21 and have held a full driving license, for the category of vehicle you are leaning to drive in, for more an 3 years. You must also have insurance. Some insurance companies offer short term learner insurance cover and you must display L plates on the front and rear of the vehicle. it’s important to incorporate private practice with lessons from your driving instructor in order to develop your skills. Don’t start private practice until you are feeling reasonably safe and confident on the road. Ask your driving instructor for advice on this.