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Can you really learn
how to drive in one week? Find out...

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Okay, you're desperate to learn how to drive so that you can pass your test quickly, get behind the wheel of a car and be free.

We totally get that. 

All you want is independence. To be able to drive wherever you want, whenever you wish. You’re probably feeling impatient… and that’s perfectly natural.

Maybe you’re slogging away at weekly driving lessons and feeling like you’re not getting anywhere. 

Or perhaps you’ve not had any lessons yet - you’re at the very start of your journey and that precious pass seems so far away.

Either way, you might be considering taking an intensive driving course at some stage to drastically cut short your learning curve.

More specifically, you’ve probably seen courses where you can pass your test in a week. They’re quite common – most driving schools offer them and they’re pretty tempting, right? 

Because who wouldn’t want to pass their driving test quickly?

On average, UK learners take 14 months to pass their test and no one in their right mind would choose to wait and take lessons for that long when there’s a viable alternative that will save you time and money.

But how quickly can you actually get this driving thing done? Realistically, how fast can someone learn to drive and pass his or her test?

Like many driving schools, we offer a number of different intensives, but there’s one intensive course that’s particularly seductive and always catches the eye:

The pass-in-a-week option, where you learn how to drive and pass your driving test in just 5 days flat. 

It’s a pretty popular course and that’s no wonder. Imagine starting a course on a Monday morning and passing your test on Friday afternoon. It would be pretty sweet, right?

But it seems like a big ask though, doesn't it?

You might be reading this with some nagging doubts and wondering whether you can pass your test in a week. Is it really possible? Can learning to drive be that easy? Should you take such a course?

Well, the quick answer is:


Intensive courses will get the job done

Assuming you have a good instructor, most crash driving courses will work. 

Whenever you concentrate your mind on learning any one thing for any isolated period of time, you’ll get results. It’s true for pretty much anything in life and learning to drive is no different.

So, you’re right to get excited - you can certainly learn and pass inside a week.

However, there are a few things you need to know about this particular course, which is why we’re going to help you work out if this 5-day thing is the right option for you.

Do you have any previous driving experience?

Crash courses can be adjusted to suit any schedule, but most of the time,  students drive for 4 hours a day on an intensive. 

Now, remember that we’re specifically talking about a one-week driving course here. You don’t need to be good at maths to work out that a one-week intensive involves just 20 hours of driving tuition.

Quite simply, 20 hours of instruction isn’t typically enough to improve your driving skills and build up driving experience. And it’s certainly not enough to teach a complete novice how to drive. 

So, for a one-week crash course to work reliably, it’s best that you already possess some driving skills.

It’s not compulsory, but we think that passing your test in 5 days flat with zero knowledge is a fairly big ask most of the time.

It’s also a confidence thing

A one-week driving course will require you to be mentally strong and good at coping under pressure, which is another reason why we think that some driving experience is necessary to pass your test in 5 days.

One week intensive courses are demanding and the more lessons you’ve had, the better equipped you’ll be at dealing with the hectic, crammed schedule.

Many driving schools talk about intensives like they’re a piece of cake. We’d rather be honest. The reality is, they can be a little stressful at times. 

You’ll make mistakes (just like you do whenever you learn anything new) and although that’s normal, it might feel a bit tense because there’s a test looming at the end of the week.

But look, if you think that a one-week course might not be right for you, don’t worry at all.

We offer a number of other courses that will be perfect for you and your situation - similar courses that will also save you loads of time and money, but which aren’t quite as demanding.

Whether you’re new to driving, not that assured behind the wheel or are simply less experienced, we offer a semi-intensive course that might be a better fit.

For instance, a 40-hour intensive is specifically designed to transform a total beginner into an assured driver. And whether you need 16, 20, 24, 30 or 40 hours of tuition, your tutor should be flexible.

For instance, the comprehensive 40-hour intensive typically lasts for 2 weeks, but if you’d like something a little less full on, perhaps it would be wise to stretch it out over a longer period of time. 

Ultimately, you’d still be passing far quicker than someone who is taking traditional driving lessons every week.

Intensives are extremely effective

Whether you’re taking a 5-day intensive or something similar, these courses are brilliant for getting any learner over the line.

Pass rates are insanely high, which is mainly because you learn a lot in a relatively short space of time and tests are taken when everything’s still fresh in your mind. 

Contrast that to taking weekly lessons. If you’re learning for 14 months, you’ll struggle to remember what you did last week, let alone 6 months ago.

The secret to success with crash courses (and whether you can learn to drive in one week) is to think carefully about what would be best for you in terms of course length and intensity. 

Basically, the more experienced and skilled at driving you are, the fewer hours you’ll need. If you’ve never driven a car before, you’d probably be better suited to a longer course.

If you’ve previously had quite a few sessions, then a shorter course will be suffice and the pass in a week option might be a great fit. If not, then plump for something a little longer.

The tricky situation is if you’ve had a handful of lessons and are a little unsure what to do. The one-week course might work fine, but you’ll be the best judge of that.

Anything’s possible – the world is your oyster

Hopefully this article has shed some light on these special types of intensives.

Think carefully about whether you'll be mentally and physically able to cope with having a lot of driving lessons over a short space of time.

If you're up for the challenge, whether you choose a 5-day intensive or a 40-hour course that lasts a few weeks, you’ll almost certainly get the result you want.

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