A guide to intensive driving courses

You’ve probably heard of intensive driving courses, but you might not know how they work. We’ve put this quick guide together to answer potential questions.

Why choose an intensive driving course?

Driving represents freedom and new opportunities for work and leisure, so it’s no surprise that most people want to hit the road as soon as possible.

That’s why some people want to learn to drive and pass their test as quickly as possible.

According to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), on average it takes most learners 45 hours of lessons before they’re ready to take a driving test.

If you’re having 1 or 2 lessons a week, that’s going to take almost a year. But with intensive driving courses, you can take your lessons over a much shorter period.

How do intensive driving courses work?

With our intensive driving courses, you take 4 hours of lessons over a period of several days, and then have a pre-arranged driving test at the end.

This obviously saves you a lot of time. 

Most intensive courses last a week or two, but you can choose to spread the lessons out over a few weeks if you prefer. This is known as a semi-intensive course.

You still pass much quicker that you would with traditional lessons.

When you book an intensive through us, you can select when you want your lessons. Your course can work with your schedule.

Why book an intensive course through The Drive Hive?

There are a few reasons why we’re the best choice for booking an intensive driving course in the UK:

  • You get money back if you pass first time after booking an intensive with us and a free retest if you don’t
  • You get a free Theory Test when you book any 30 or 40-hour intensive driving course through The Drive Hive.
  • You can compare prices and availability of local independent instructors. 
  • You choose the instructor, when you learn and how much you pay.
  • We offer courses from independent driving instructors, so you’ll be supporting local instructors instead of a big national company.
  • You’ve got flexible payment options and a no quibble refund policy
  • You get free online help sessions for your Theory Test via ZOOM

Is an intensive driving course right for you?

Intensive courses are a great way to learn, but they’re not for everybody.

When it comes to learning how to drive, there’s an awful lot to learn. Some people may struggle with the pressure of absorbing all the information in a shorter timeframe.  

On the flip side, you could argue that it’s easier to retain what you’re learning when you’re covering it every day. It’s easy to stall progress with traditional weekly lessons, because the gap between sessions is large.

Ultimately, it’s a question of mindset. If you want to pass then your instructor and you can make it happen.

A lot of people choose intensive courses to fit in around work, maybe a teacher wanting to learn in half term or someone in the military wanting to learn during shore leave. Whatever your reason, an intensive driving course can be just the ticket.

Am I guaranteed a pass with an intensive?

No. All driving tests in the UK are carried out by an independent third party, so there’s no guarantee that you’ll pass.

Having said that, pass rates for learners who’ve taken an intensive course are much higher than for those who rely on normal lessons.

And don’t forget our offer. If you book an intensive driving course with us and fail, we’ll pay for a retest.

How does payment work when booking an intensive through The Drive Hive?

Once you’ve decided on an intensive and found an instructor, you’ll be asked to make a payment. A small part of the payment goes to us and the rest to the instructor.

From that point on, you’ll be liaising with the driving instructor.

What is your refund policy?

You can read our refund policy here.

With our intensive driving courses, you'll get money back if you pass first time and a free retest if you don't.