We often get asked “how many lessons will I need to pass my test?” The answer is never a straightforward one as everyone is different and we tailor our approach to meet the needs, speed and style of each individual pupil to try to get the maximum out of everyone in the minimum time. So many factors come into it ranging from how naturally someone takes to it, to whether they have picked up knowledge as a passenger.
There is also the aspect of whether it is just about passing the test, or about learning the skills required to pass the test AND be a safe driver beyond. One thing is for sure, there is no such thing as a perfect driver and passing the test is just a step on the learning journey. Through our lessons we aim to teach the skills in a manner that is relevant for the test, but add a real world view on things and how approaches and skills can continue to develop as experience grows after our lessons have finished.
Currently, we have an average of just 26 hours lessons before our pupils pass their tests. This takes in all pupils who have taken their tests from 1/1/17 to 1/8/18 and includes those who were complete beginners, to those who perhaps already rode a motorbike and also practiced in their parents car alongside their lessons with us.
The national average is 45 hours of lessons, plus over 20 hours private practice before people pass their tests. The key is ensuring that the lessons you have are focused on what you as an individual need; are you constantly learning and improving and fundamentally, are you getting value for money?
There are cheaper instructors out there than Drive Fareham, but are they giving you the best value for money? If it takes twice as many lessons to pass, then a small cost saving per hour quickly disappears.
To summarise, when it comes to choosing an instructor, remember that everyone is different and therefore an instructor needs to adapt to your needs, and look for the best overall value for money on your route to passing your tests and being a safe driver into the future!