Are learners committed to driving lessons

Thursday 8th August, 2013 at 11:08 COMMENTS (0)

Based on DSA research, a course of driving lessons for a complete beginner through to test pass, is typically, 47 hours of professional driving instruction plus a further 20 hours of private practice supervised by a friend or relative. 

Some people realise the need to complete a structured training course and are prepared to put in additional time and effort but many are disappointingly not. 

It's incredibly important to be honest and realistic to appreciate how much time each individual will need to thoroughly understand the skills needed. 

Consider, 24 key driving skills multiplied by a 2 hour driving lesson will equate to the number of lessons research has proven to be the average amount of lessons taken. 

If as an individual you are not able or prepared to apply this time, do not commit to booking a driving lesson.

Whilst that may seem strange for a driving school to recommend such a choice, it is simply best advice and that's what should be offered to every individual student.

Despite being able to start driver training legally at the age of 17, it seems the average man passes his test at the age of 19 and eight months, while the average woman has to wait until she is 20 years and six months. 

The ideal time to learn to drive is very simply when funds are available and the student can focus on the task.

Circumstances need to be fully appreciated despite the pressures that are associated to booking driving lessons, whilst the pressure from friends, family and general assumptions are great, is the time right?

Examinations are over and school's out so now seems the ideal time for youngsters to make use of their provisional licence and start learning to drive.  With free time on their hands, prospective young drivers can take advantage of emptier roads, with fewer commuters and an absence of harassed school-run drivers - the perfect conditions for a beginner. 

If the time is available, this makes sense but what about your general health and wealth. 

It is true to say that some of the costs associated with driving have increased slightly and insurance premiums have raised dramatically for youngsters, the cost of learning has actually reduced or at most maintained similar levels over the same period. 

Very simply if you cannot afford to complete a course of driver training, wait before starting as it's alarming common for learners to leave some times large periods of time between driving lessons. 

Otherwise, time will need to be spent retracing steps which of course is false economy. 

Those learner drivers who pass first time do so because they are ready and have plenty of consistent professional instruction and practice.


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