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Advice on Intensive Driving Course please.

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8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago
18 year old wants to do an Intensive driving course. She has only had 1 lesson with a 'normal' instructor and we live in Herts. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
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8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago
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#1
intensive would be fine but I would take her out in the car a few times first
Nothing beats experience!
banned#2
It's how I did it. I wasn't the best driver though, my instructor came on the test with me - apparently he had never seen the examiner cry so much before.
#3
I was told by my instructor that companies offer 'intensive' courses, then when you (more than likely) fail, they say 'right you need to fix a, b, c etc and they'll take one lesson each to fix'. Therefore you've paid a big lump sum for the course then all the extra lessons needed. The driving company is then quids in! He used to work for a well known driving school and this is what they did!
#4
Youngsters are so impatient!

I personally do not like the idea of these intensive courses,as has been said already,nothing beats experience and learning to drive over a number of lessons at different times of the day is a much better way.
banned#5
muckypup
Youngsters are so impatient!

I personally do not like the idea of these intensive courses,as has been said already,nothing beats experience and learning to drive over a number of lessons at different times of the day is a much better way.


Over a week, you do drive different times of the day. Joke is I haven't even needed to use my licence since.

No driving instructor would ever "bad mouth" a service they don't offer, just for their benefit either! My instructor only offered intensive courses and he was always busy. But he would never touch my knee. If you do decide to go intensive, get one that offers to pay for a second test if need be.
#6
JDeal
Over a week, you do drive different times of the day. Joke is I haven't even needed to use my licence since.

No driving instructor would ever "bad mouth" a service they don't offer, just for their benefit either! My instructor only offered intensive courses and he was always busy. But he would never touch my knee. If you do decide to go intensive, get one that offers to pay for a second test if need be.

My instructor did nothing but stare at my .................well it was a long time ago and I was much more pert then!!:whistling:
#7
How about speaking to your local Instutite of Advanced Motorists
http://www.iam.org.uk/
There's info there about driving instructors and also about driving tests. Apart from anything else it can help to reduce insurance costs.
#8
I was never lucky enough to have that type of driving instructor unfortunately - it might have made it a tad more exciting! I think it seems quick likely that driving companies use it to their advantage when someone fails in this situation so I agree - make sure they pay for the second test if you fail. Having said that - won't you still need to pay for the lessons in between?!
#9
A couple of friends went on these intensive courses and they passeds at the end but my god thye were terrible drivers. I took it slow and passed after about 10 months of learning.

A friend of mine passed after 3 months, he has 1 hour a week with his instructor but his mum took him out for about half an hour every day. If you have the time this might be the way to go
banned#10
foxylady*
I was never lucky enough to have that type of driving instructor unfortunately - it might have made it a tad more exciting! I think it seems quick likely that driving companies use it to their advantage when someone fails in this situation so I agree - make sure they pay for the second test if you fail. Having said that - won't you still need to pay for the lessons in between?!


You do, but the time between is mainly down to the test centre. I know I put more damage on that car then I paid for anyway.
#11
well i did one kinda, but up here its strange, sa i takes months to ge a test, i went for lke a week of intese lessons, in the hoildays driving a 6 hours each dya, then i had a break boke dmy test n drve everywhere with my mum then past so it was goood
#12
JDeal
You do, but the time between is mainly down to the test centre. I know I put more damage on that car then I paid for anyway.


Oh dear sounds like you got your moneys worth then!

I'm just saying it would be advisable to expect not to pass straight away then if you do it's a bonus - and don't expect the one off fee for the course to be the only one you pay - more lessons may be needed. Unfortunately being a car owner/driver is very bloomin expensive!
#13
yeah, even if you pass, you might turn out to be a bad driver because of lack of road experience
banned#14
foxylady*
Oh dear sounds like you got your moneys worth then!

I'm just saying it would be advisable to expect not to pass straight away then if you do it's a bonus - and don't expect the one off fee for the course to be the only one you pay - more lessons may be needed. Unfortunately being a car owner/driver is very bloomin expensive!


If I was to do it again, I probably wouldn't do intensive, but if I was to do it now - I wouldn't do it. I never seem to have to drive anywhere since selling my van and probably won't for the next few years.

As for lack of road experience, you will be looking at 30+ hours for most anyway. It's just all together.
#15
JDeal;1822443
If I was to do it again, I probably wouldn't do intensive, but if I was to do it now - I wouldn't do it. I never seem to have to drive anywhere since selling my van and probably won't for the next few years.

and why not?
banned#16
Usha Rocks
and why not?


Why not intensive? Because I can't see that I will need to drive anywhere in the next 3-7 years. Why rush?
#17
I think that is why there are so many young people hurt in accidents, especially new drivers, I am sorry but an intensive driving course is asking for trouble. I love my daughter far too much and would never let her take an intensive course, she has been learning for a year, taking her time, getting used to driving in all conditions, has her own car, is responsible and does not want to take her test 'in a hurry' she wants to know that she has actually learned and knows 'why' she does things not parrot fashion - I am a very proud mother with a very sensible daughter.
#18
JDeal, did you pass first time?

Im thinking of doing a semi-intensive (spread over 2 weeks) - I already have about 15hours of driving (most of it was useless because of the ****** instructor I had - he didnt teach any monuvers in the 10 lessons I had with him).
#19
My friends son has just taken his test and failed after embarking on an intensive driving course. In my opinion nothing beats experience.
#20
suze
My friends son has just taken his test and failed after embarking on an intensive driving course. In my opinion nothing beats experience.


agreed, he will now probably be a better drive :)rwith more experience under his belt
#21
gd_miester
JDeal, did you pass first time?

Im thinking of doing a semi-intensive (spread over 2 weeks) - I already have about 15hours of driving (most of it was useless because of the ****** instructor I had - he didnt teach any monuvers in the 10 lessons I had with him).


My daughter had trouble with instructors not showing her manouvers, they were just playing for time to get more lesons out of her, in the end my friend strarted taking her out in her own car, she is now learning with her own car with another friend who is a hgv instructor - its just practice, practice practice - just cant beat it, it is impossible to learn in 2 weeks:)
#22
nobdoy learns to drive any way. my instructor toldme, u start learning to drive after you pass your test. the test just shows you know what you r supposed to do! quite tru really. becuase you can have loads of expercience with people, i had loads. but tehn when you drive your car for the first time on your own, its toaooly differnt thing all together. i turnd 17 in june and passed in october. and i thought this was good time fotr me
banned#23
gd_miester
JDeal, did you pass first time?

Im thinking of doing a semi-intensive (spread over 2 weeks) - I already have about 15hours of driving (most of it was useless because of the ****** instructor I had - he didnt teach any monuvers in the 10 lessons I had with him).


I didn't. I passed second time. But I only blame myself, driving has never interested me and due to me having a dodgy arm and wrist, it took me a while to get on with the steering and gears (should have done auto really). I naturally do everything with my right arm (I mean everything). I'm sure that with 15 hours of driving, you would be fine if you wanted a semi-intensive course.

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