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A Quicker Way To Learn To Drive?

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Learning to drive has never been a cheap experience. But with the average price of a one hour driving lesson currently £24, and a recommendation from the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) of at least 47 hours of professional driver training before taking the test, you're not likely to get away with spending less than £1,000 over a number of months to get your driving licence - and that's before you look at paying for a test and buying and insuring a car!

However, there are other ways to get on the road, which can work out quicker and cheaper. Intensive driving courses promise to get you on the road in double quick time, so how do they work?

Crash courses work by cramming all your driving lessons into a shorter space of time. You won't be learning anything different from driving lessons which are spaced out, but intensive courses can be helpful at focusing on your weaker areas of knowledge. While the content of the courses is mostly practical, some give theory training at extra cost.

There is a huge number of course options out there, varying dramatically in time and cost. For example, you could take some basic training the traditional way and then shave some time off with a two day, ten hour crash course. For complete novices, there are intensive 14 day courses, but the spectrum spans six hour courses over ten days to 24 hours over eight days.

If you want to really commit, you could opt for a residential experience. These usually last about a week and include a test on the final day of the course.

It's up to you to decide how much time and money you have and want to spend. Speaking of which, don't expect an intensive course to be cheap. Short courses start at £180, which is considerably cheaper than the DVSA's 47 hours at £24 each, but that alone won't get you through the test.

Logically, the longer and more comprehensive the course, the more it costs. Complete courses start at £800, so they can be a little cheaper than the standard learning process.

Bear in mind that shorter courses don't give you the valuable experience that you gain from time served on the road. They are unlikely to encompass the variety of road situations that learners can encounter when spacing out their lessons and which can be a very valuable learning tool. However a combination of lessons topped up with a short course can give you some advantages of speed and economy, without compromising on experience.

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