How many driving lessons do I need?

As a driving instructor one of the most common questions we get asked is: How many driving lessons do I need?

Some instructors forget what it is like to be a really keen learner wanting to pass as soon as possible, so they often come out with something sarcastic like ‘how long is a piece of string?’

Obviously, an answer like that doesn’t motivate the pupil and may even put them off trying. At driveJohnson’s we can give you those answers you want to know after your first two hour driving lesson. We believe it’s important to let the pupil know what their driving level is and what they need to do to get to test standard.

Below is a table that was released by the DSA over 5 years ago. This is all we have from the DSA to give you an indication to how many driving lessons you will need.

Between January 2018 and December 2018 driveJohnson’s kept a record of the average amount of lessons a pupil took with us, which was 28 driving tuition hours with no private practice.

how many lessons table

Why does it take so long to pass a driving test?

There are many driving schools out there that contribute to this table of averages not being very good. You have to take into consideration that there are a lot of instructors who have been doing it for years, some very good and some have completely lost interest and are seeing out the last few years before they retire. Obviously they are not going to be as enthusiastic or responsive as they were 10-20 years ago. There are also a lot of cowboys and online booking agents making a quick buck but with no long-term interest in your progression. As a learner you may not realise its your instructor and not actually you that is responsible for taking so long.

Try our assessment to find out how many lessons you need

No matter what level you are driving at, we will tailor the assessment to your current driving ability, so it won’t be a case of going over old subjects and wasting time. Once we can see you’re capable, we will keep moving on and challenging you in different areas of driving. Whatever you don’t know, we will teach you and see how quickly you pick things up. In 2 hours we will teach you while monitoring your progress. At the end of your lesson, we will tell you how many hours you will need to get to test standard.

Our driving instructors conducting assessment lessons are all grade A, which is the highest grade possible. Their judgement is usually good because of their experience, so you can expect their quote of how many hours you need to be pretty accurate. In most cases, they are within the quoted timeframe.

If you’re interested and want to get booked in, give us a call on 0330 124 4877.

Top Tip

Whoever you choose to learn to drive with be sure on the first few lessons to ask your instructor roughly how many driving lessons do you need? Don’t be afraid and be put off it they can’t give you a rough estimate.

It can be tricky for instructors to give you an exact answer but what they can do is say something along the lines of, “assuming you turn up for your lessons consistently, in good health (not tired, drained or unwell), follow my after lesson advice – be it reading up on things etc. – I would estimate you be at a test standard in around 30-40 hours. This figure may change if you miss lessons regularly or don’t get proper sleep.

By giving you this explanation and range, the instructor is managing your expectations. Learning to drive is a two way relationship; if the instructor and pupil are working at 80-100% together, that will mean better progress than the the instructor working 80-100% and pupil working at 40% because they are tired or unwell.

We have a great example of a pupil who was taking her driving lessons in Stevenage and she passed in 18 hours of driving lessons from a beginner level, because she was consistent in her lessons, watched videos, read the driving manual back to front and even used to come to her instructor’s lessons with questions. Now that’s someone who wants to learn and pass fast!

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