Not sure how many driving lessons to take? According to the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), you’ll need around 44 hours of professional lessons to pass your driving test. This is just an average figure – it’s important to remember that everyone’s different.
Top tip: Take an assessment lesson and find out
When you’re trying to figure out how many driving lessons to take, no one’s better qualified to help you than an experienced driving instructor. Most instructors and driving schools offer a first assessment lesson at a discounted rate or even for free. It’s a great way for you to get to know a new instructor, for them to assess your abilities and tell you how many hours they think you’re going to need to get to test standard.
What affects the number of lessons I’ll need?
Frequency of lessons
Private practice hours
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Your driving instructor
With a good, experienced instructor, you’ll progress week after week. If you don’t have confidence in your instructor your progress is likely to suffer. It pays to get the right instructor from the get go. So how do you choose a great instructor?
Check their experience level
All certified driving instructors have to have either a pink or green licence. It should be displayed clearly for you on their car windscreen. If not – forget about it and find a qualified instructor
- Green – means they have passed all 3 DVSA exams and are a fully qualified instructor
- Pink – means they’re a trainee instructor. They’ll have received part of the training, but won’t yet be fully qualified. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it does mean that they have less teaching experience than a green licence holder.
Make sure they give you a progress record
Your instructor should monitor your progress with an individual learning plan, keeping you fully informed of your progress, what you’ve learned so far, and what you still have to learn. You can download and print off your own Driver’s Record for Learner Drivers for free via the government’s DVSA website too.
How many driving lessons before my theory test?
Taking driving lessons can actually help pass your theory test. A few driving lessons can really help you out with the hazard perception part of the theory test, as well as helping you gain practical understanding of road markings, road signs and more.
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