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    Intensive Driving Lessons, Anyone ?

    My daughter is determined to use 'The Intensive' method to learn to drive (despite my disapproval) Does anyone have any experience of this, pros as well as cons and recommendations.

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    The only person I know that has done this was a lad I went to school with. As soon as he was 17 his parents paid out for a weeks course, then bought him a brand new Escort XR3i, (back when you could just be a named driver on your mothers insurance) Literally a week later he’d demolished a bus stop with it. He lived, but him and the other lad in the car were seriously injured.

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    What is the "intensive method"? Driving every day instead of driving every week? That sounds like a good idea to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCBlue View Post
    What is the "intensive method"? Driving every day instead of driving every week? That sounds like a good idea to me.
    You learn everyday for a few days, maybe a week. The obvious problem being a lack of hours on the road, driving in various road and weather conditions as you would if you learned over several months.
    Funny enough I was talking to a tester the other day and he was saying they recommend around 60 hours, with a mix of lessons and private practice.

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    I did intensive lessons a 2 hour session every weekday for 4 weeks before sitting and passing test. There’s no best way, I think it comes down to how an individual learns best; I needed to immerse myself in it and this method worked for me.

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    My sister did a two week long intensive course earlier this year and passed first time, though it was automatic and not manual.

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    in the mid 90's i did one, 1 week ( 5 days ) of 5 hours per day, then had my test booked for the Wednesday, so had 2 hours on monday and 3 hours on Tuesday

    it worked very well and i passed first time

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    It can be a very good way of getting it over done with nice and quickly, My only MASSIVE piece of advice, is get some basic driving done before hand, do not want to waste the first 1-2 days of an expensive course learning the basics, where the gears are and how to use your mirrors, understanding the bitting point ect.

    and this can be done in a carpark with a relative

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    Bad Idea, the trouble today is learners are taught to pass their test not learn to drive, that is why there are so many idiots on the road nowadays, and it's getting worse

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    Quote Originally Posted by Igovernor View Post
    Bad Idea, the trouble today is learners are taught to pass their test not learn to drive, that is why there are so many idiots on the road nowadays, and it's getting worse
    Agreed. However the amount of elderly people driving like absolute retards, is also on the up too.

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    No one is a good driver when they first pass. Lessons never truly prepare you. As long as you can move the car and know the basics, can navigate roundabouts and not drive dangerously, then you’re all set! I learnt the most the month after I passed my test. You’ll make mistakes but you learn quicker than waiting for your next lesson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris lee View Post
    It can be a very good way of getting it over done with nice and quickly, My only MASSIVE piece of advice, is get some basic driving done before hand, do not want to waste the first 1-2 days of an expensive course learning the basics, where the gears are and how to use your mirrors, understanding the bitting point ect.

    and this can be done in a carpark with a relative
    Good advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry Shitpeas View Post
    You learn everyday for a few days, maybe a week. The obvious problem being a lack of hours on the road, driving in various road and weather conditions as you would if you learned over several months.
    Funny enough I was talking to a tester the other day and he was saying they recommend around 60 hours, with a mix of lessons and private practice.
    60 hours seems a lot. When I was learning the rule was one hour of tuition to each year of your age. I needed half that but had already passed my test on a motor scooter giving me a semblance of road sense.

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    Re: Intensive Driving Lessons, Anyone ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vindec View Post
    60 hours seems a lot. When I was learning the rule was one hour of tuition to each year of your age. I needed half that but had already passed my test on a motor scooter giving me a semblance of road sense.
    My son has had about that many and has just been told he's ready for his test, I imagine people are ready before that but it's not good for business is it? I'm pretty sure my son was ready before now as his driving instructor was so relaxed in the car with him he fell asleep on 2 occasions

    My advice is don't go with someone who is fully booked all the time, they may struggle to stay awake

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    Is all about practice. I passed when i was 17 and a couple of months. The moment I got my provisional I drove my mum around the place. Then had half a dozen lessons and passed my test 1st time.

    Experience on the road is crucial. Get some L plates on the family motor and let them drive you all over the place while they also have their lessons.

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    This ^ Did this myself 25 years ago and did the same with my son. Worked a treat both times. Teach 'em to drive yourself and then only spend on lessons to get them through the test. 3hrs a day for 5 days straight has worked for us.

    Forgot to quote Chris's post re driving in a car park
    Last edited by El Horno; 11-10-18 at 07:25. Reason: Forgot to quote

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