Should I Do An Intensive Driving Course?

The average learner driver in the UK takes an estimated 45 to 50 hours of lessons before they pass their practical driving test, which can overall take a considerable amount of time out of your schedule, as well as the financial strain. On the other hand, intensive driving courses are ideal for those with often limited time and desperately need their driving licence. So that you can gain a better understanding, the team at Carcaptain has contributed their knowledge on the subject.

What are intensive driving courses?

Sometimes referred to as a ‘crash course’, the purpose of an intensive driving course is to learn to drive in a much shorter time frame compared to traditional lessons. Depending on the provider, an average course will take between one to two weeks, where you will be carrying out practical driving at least 2 to 6 hours per day. Primarily, you will focus on areas that you are least comfortable in so that you are prepared when by the end of the course.

At the very end of the driving course, you will then take your practical driving test which would have been booked the moment you sign up to the intensive course. It’s worth noting, the practical test will be the same structure as any other practical driving test, regardless of the approach of learning to drive. 

Semi-intensive driving course

An alternative and less intense option are semi-intensive driving courses, which are ideal for those who have not only not passed their theory test, but also would like additional time before lessons. Although the lessons are structured as intensive driving lessons, often for 2 to 3 hours a day, the lessons are spread over 2 to 3 weeks with a day interval between the lessons. 

The costs

Unlike individual driving lessons where you pay for the practical hours you are driving for, an intensive course is ordinarily one set price. The average cost for a single hour is around £24, and with an average of 47 hours needed, you could be spending upwards of £1,000. Through an intensive course, you are paying a single upfront price that will often cost less than this, meaning you could also have the opportunity to save money.

Should you take one?

Deciding whether or not to learn to drive with an intensive course primarily depends on your ability to learn under pressure. It’s often the case that a course is not ideal for those who are brand new to driving, but rather for those who at least understood the basics of driving including gears, braking and steering control.


For those who are now interested in taking an intensive driving course, then look no further than London’s very best driving course provider, Carcaptain. Upon signing up, all learners will undergo an assessment lesson so that we can find out about the student’s individual ability, where we can then provide the most suitable driving lessons possible. 

If you wish to find out more, be sure to head over to our website when you have the chance. However, if you wish to personally speak to a member of our customer service team, be sure to give us a call today on 020 7099 1232, where we will be happy to provide additional information as well as address any questions or concerns you currently have. 

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