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"How many driving lessons do I need?”

Updated: Mar 12, 2021

By Dean Wyatt (Approved Driving Instructor)

March 2019


This is probably one of the most common questions Driving Instructors get asked by their pupils, but the answer isn’t just a simple number. There are lots of variables involved, and in this next blog we’re going to explore some of those variables.


What’s the average number of driving lessons needed?

The national average is about 45 hours of professional driving lessons, coupled with about another 20 hours of private practice. Bear in mind though, this is an ‘average’, so some people take a lot less time than that, and some take a lot more.


How many driving lessons should I take?

I know it’s a cliché, but everybody is different, so you should take as many lessons as you need to not only cover everything you need to learn, but to feel confident and comfortable dealing with everything independently. Consistent independence is what I, your Driving Instructor, will be looking for. For example, if you have covered everything and done it all by yourself once, that doesn’t mean you’re ready for your test. When I see evidence of you consistently performing everything independently, that’s a good sign that you’re ready to take your test.


How many driving lessons should I take per week?

This will obviously depend on your availability matching my availability, and how quickly you’re looking to learn. As an average, I would say most pupils have a couple of hours per week. As mentioned above, the key is consistency, so you need to find what’s right for you to learn best and get consistent.


Is 1 x 2hr lesson better than 2 x 1hr lessons?

You will usually find that more learning takes place during a 1 x 2hr lesson compared to 2 x 1hr lessons. With a 1hr lesson, most people find that they are just getting the hang of whatever they are learning, and then it’s time to go home again because the 1hr is nearly up. With 2hrs, it obviously gives you much more practice time. All lessons should include a recap on your last lesson, so having multiple 1hr lessons means you’re recapping more compared to a 2hr lesson. Also, bear in mind that when you first start driving, and depending on your pick up address, I may have to drive you to a suitable area to start the lesson, and drive you back again at the end.


What about doing private practice?

Private practice is a great accompaniment to your professional lessons, if it is the right kind of practice. For example, if you go out with somebody and it just ends up being a 1hr argument between you both, then that’s not going to help you. However, if the person taking you out remains calm and allows you to practice what you have been taught in your lessons, then it can really help.


If you wish to do some private practice in-between your lessons then you need to ensure that:-


· The person supervising you has held a full Driving Licence for at least 3 years and is at least 21 years old

· The vehicle you use is roadworthy, has an up to date full MOT test certificate, is taxed, displays L Plates at the front and rear and is insured to be driven by a learner


Hopefully the above helps you understand some of the variables involved when trying to work out “How many driving lessons do I need?” As I’ve said, consistency is the key. A good rule of thumb is that the more consistent you are with taking lessons and getting practice, the easier it will be for you to gain consistency in your driving ability. Discuss options with me, but ultimately do what is right for you- not me!


Thanks for reading.


March 26th 2019 | Dean Wyatt


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