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Intensive Driving Courses - Do They Prepare You?

With the number of driving schools offering short intensive driving courses on the rise in the UK the debate rages on as to whether or not these courses actually give the learner driver the experience and guidance for today's roads.

These courses are concerning many people in the motoring community with the trend for paying large sums of money to pass your driving test in the shortest time possible on the rise. A learner driver can part with up to £1000 in order to undertake a course that will entail them starting a course on the Monday finishing with a driving test on the Friday.

The concern is that it is not only the smaller car tuition firms that are offering the service but the majority of bigger companies also supply a package which some people feel is irresponsible.

The problem is that a lot of people believe that taking a completely inexperienced driver from a learner to a fully qualified driver in the space of five days training is not preparing them sufficiently. These courses have been around for quite a few years but with the country becoming more affluent and the apparent trend to get things done as soon as possible the days of learning to drive over a six month period are apparently over.

In the defence of the larger tuition companies such as the British School of Motoring (BSM) they only recommend these courses for applicants that have already undertaken 20 hours of tuition.

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has commented on saying that these courses can have a detrimental effect on a driver and believes that a learner driver should have about 40-45 hours of professional tuition backed up with further private tuition from friends and family.

In my opinion passing the driving test is harder than it has ever been with the addition of new sections over the past years such as the theory test. The fact is that if the examiners are doing their job properly they will not pass an individual who is not at a standard proficient to pass the practical test. If an individual is at a proficient level and proves they have complete control over the car during their test then why should it matter if it has taken them one year or one week to get to this level?

In closing, as long as the driving schools are doing their job correctly and the examiners are only passing proficient drivers there shouldn't be a problem. If new learner drivers are willing to pay the increasing costs of joining the motoring community such as road tax and car insurance then let them learn to drive in the situation they are most comfortable with.