What is an intensive driving crash course?
An intensive driving crash course, despite its unfortunate name, is a short course taking you all the
way to your driving test in as little as one to two weeks. Conventional driving lessons are booked
on a week-by-week basis, usually one or two hours per week, or even per fortnight. It usually takes
around forty-five hours of lessons to pass the driving test, so this would take about six months to
The intensive driving crash course squeezes these forty or so driving lesson hours into just one or
two weeks leading up to a test. In theory, you could go from no experience of driving at all, to
passing your test and being allowed to drive unsupervised on the roads in as little as five days!
Finding an intensive driving crash course is much like choosing any driving instructor. There are
driving schools or networks of instructors specialising in this type of driving course, and a quick
search on the internet will reveal the choice in your area. Then do your research. If possible, go on
personal recommendation from somebody who has recently taken (and passed) an intensive driving
course. They will be able to tell you what it is like and whether they were happy with the
instruction. If you don’t know anybody, then look carefully at the reviews for each instructor /
school that you are researching.
Once you’ve chosen your school or instructor, they will usually offer an assessment lesson before
you commit to the whole course. This allows you to meet the instructor and ask any questions you
may have, and it allows the instructor to assess your driving ability so that they can offer you the
best intensive lesson package for your needs.
Intensive driving crash courses offer a great option if you need to learn to drive quickly, for a new
job for example, or if your family circumstances have changed or you’ve moved somewhere rural.
It can also save you money, as you will spend less time getting to the instruction area, catching up
on small talk and getting up to speed on what you did in the last lesson, and you will probably
therefore need fewer hours instruction.
There are disadvantages though, mostly based on the fact that you are learning so much in a short
space of time. The human brain learns best by regular repetition and having time allowed to embed
new learning, and there just isn’t time for this in an intensive course. In one or two weeks of
driving there is little chance to build up confidence and experience on a range of road and weather
conditions either, which means you might find it hard to venture into new conditions on your own
after you’ve passed your test.
The other disadvantage is that it’s really hard! Learning a new skill which requires new hard-wiring
in your brain, constant concentration and vigilance, spatial awareness and new physical movements
can be exhausting. Many learners are worn out after a one-hour lesson; imagine how bombarded
you would feel after six hours of driving instruction every day for a week!
Think carefully before deciding on an intensive driving course, they aren’t for everybody.
Research your instructor, don’t just go for the cheapest.
Check what’s included in the price – is the cost of the theory and/or practical test included
or do you need to pay for these separately?
Block everything else out of your diary for the duration of your course, you will be
If you have any worries or questions before or during your course, speak to your instructor.
You are investing a lot of time and money on this course, and it’s important to get any
queries or concerns dealt with promptly so that they don’t escalate.
After you’ve passed your test, remember that although you now have a driving licence, you
are still very inexperienced. If you are unsure about something, look it up, ask somebody or
take somebody along with you. Complacency costs lives.
To find out more about an Intensive Driving Crash Courses in Glasgow contact TX Driver Training
now on 0141 764 1213.