I’ve been teaching intensive driving lessons in Birmingham since 2006. They’re also called crash courses but don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you’re going to crash.
My intensive driving courses are no different in quality to my weekly driving lessons.
I don’t cut corners and I don’t just teach you how to pass a driving test. My intensive courses just take less time to complete.
How intensive driving lessons in Birmingham work
The word “intensive” means different things to different people. I class intensive driving lessons as taking more than one lesson (two hours) per week.
It usually takes around 40 hour of lessons to be ready to take a driving test so if you took a two hour driving lesson each Monday and Wednesday you could be ready in 10 weeks.
If you do a driving lesson each Monday, Wednesday and Friday you’d be ready in around 6 weeks. Taking driving lessons more regularly means you might forget less between lessons.
I think this is a great way of learning to drive. I won’t do lessons that are longer than 2 hours because any more is exhausting and can end up doing more harm than good.
Remember you’ll always have my driving lesson help guide to refer to between lessons.
Nothing is missed out on my intensive courses in Birmingham. They are just as detailed and thorough as my weekly driving lessons.
No deposit to pay before we meet
There’s no need to risk paying ahead before you have even met me. In fact I won’t take any payment off anyone until I’ve met them. Come and meet me first, talk to me, see if you like my school and discuss your course.
There’s no hard sell in the car; I’ll email you a possible course after the first lesson for you to think about.
If you want to see what I’m like before we even meet then watch some of my driving lessons videos.
My intensive courses are charged at my usual hourly rate.
Can you pass a driving test in 5 days?
Learning how to pass a driving test is one thing. Learning to drive safely is another.
You can pass a driving test without ever going over 30 mph or driving on any large roundabout. The real driving test begins once you start driving alone after passing. Make a mistake then and it’s more than an examiners mark on a piece of paper you’ll have to worry about.
What are you going to do if you get to a large roundabout with 5 lanes and you don’t know what to do because your instructor missed that out knowing it wouldn’t come up on a test? What about when you’re on a high street and need to park but you can’t because you skipped over that bit because there wasn’t time?
I do not do “pass in 5 days” courses because I consider them to be dangerous and you will not learn how to drive properly. Some schools doing these will only teach you the test routes and all the tricks to make it look as though you know what you are doing.
I’ve taught many people in Birmingham how to drive over the course of 2 to 3 weeks and just having that extra bit of time makes all the difference.
Take a 5 day course and you could end up as bad at driving as the driver in this video! See more videos like this on my YouTube channel
How many driving lessons will I need to pass my test?
It takes my pupils around 36 hours to be ready for a driving test.
That’s because of my experience, skill and that I have been teaching people since just after the dinosaurs walked the earth.
Official DVSA figures show that most people passing their driving test have taken at least 46 hours of driving lessons with an instructor and 20 hours with someone else.
Those figures are just averages though. I know from experience that very few pupils take less than 30 hours of driving lessons before they pass and very few take more than 46.
How many driving lessons a week should I take?
It’s up to you but it also depends on my availability.
I am on of the UK’s most popular instructors and can be booked for weeks ahead. I have people traveling from all over the UK to learn to drive with me so I’ll need as much notice as you can.
For an intensive driving course I recommend taking a minimum of 4 hours per week and a maximum of 10.
Just by spreading it out over a month rather than a week makes all the difference.
It’s better to pass in a month than fail multiple times for many months after a 5 day “guaranteed pass” course.
Why choose me for intensive driving lessons in Birmingham?
I live in Birmingham, grew up here and have been doing intensive driving courses in Birmingham since 2006.
There are many companies offering intensive courses who are really just agencies. The school you apply to sometimes doesn’t exist, as odd as that may sound. They just contract out work to instructors and charge them an introduction fee.
I’ve taught hundreds of intensive driving courses in Birmingham since 2006, so many I’ve lost count. I know the driving test centres, examiners and all the test routes. I know how to do an intensive driving lesson course safely as well as quickly.
As you may have read on other pages, here are some other reasons for learning with me:
- I have taught over 1,000 pupils since 2003
- I’ve sat in on over 400 real driving tests so I know exactly how they work
- I’m a qualified hypnotherapist so I know how the mind works better than most instructors
- I’ve done over 300 intensive driving courses
Does a crash course include theory test?
No. The theory test and practical test are totally seperate to my crash courses.
In other words, you pay for them on top of the course.
This is fairer because some instructors rip you off by adding the cost of the test in to a package which ends up costing you more.
For example, 30 hours with me would be £750 plus £23 for the theory and £62 for the practical making a total of £835
Some schools will sell you the same package for £900.
Do I have to have my theory test passed to start a crash course?
You can start an intensive course with me without having your theory test passed but we won’t be able to book a practical driving test until you have passed the theory test.
I recommend you have your theory test passed before starting an intensive driving course. That allows us to do your driving lessons without the worry that you may not pass the theory test.
The waiting time for driving tests can vary. I update this page frequently and in 2019 you can get tests in Birmingham as little as a week away thanks to extra driving test centres and examiners.
Even if driving test centres are fully booked there is always the chance of a cancellation. Many pupils move driving tests every week so spaces are always popping up. Be quick though – driving test cancellations can be booked within minutes of appearing.
Prices for intensive driving lessons in Birmingham
Intensive courses are charge at the same prices as usual weekly lessons. The only difference between my intensive lessons and weekly lessons is the length of time it takes to complete the course.
Below are some rough ideas of how many hours you may need based on your situation.
10 hours – For those with a lot of previous experience and a test coming up soon.
20 hours – For those with some experience who aren’t ready for a test yet.
30 hours – For people that know the basics such as turning left and right.
40 hours – For complete beginners wanting a full course.
Your test fee is not included. Driving schools will often include a test but charge you a massive premium. The driving test costs £62 but I’ve seen driving schools charge £200 for a test to be included in the package!
To book an intensive driving course I need a deposit of at least 10 hours after your first lesson. Once you have paid the deposit then I can reserve the times you want. You can pay the rest after you’ve started.
Is a crash course guaranteed pass?
Nobody can guarantee a pass.
A “guaranteed pass” course just means a school will charge you lots extra for a course. If you fail your driving test they take the money for the next one out of the extra money you paid. If you pass first time they keep the extra money.
I’ve had pupils come to me from other schools that did guaranteed pass courses and guess what? They failed.
After 3 tests they were refused another and directed to the terms and conditions which stated in tiny print that you have a maximum of 3 attempts before the guaranteed pass no longer applies. The terms also stated “A guaranteed pass course does not guarantee you will pass.”.
What’s the catch with free driving tests if you fail one? It often says in the small print that you must take another 10 hours of driving lessons before you take it. You’ll pay them hundreds of pounds to get a free test worth £62.
If you were ready for the test in the first place then you don’t need 10 more hours of lessons. If you weren’t ready for the test then why did they take you? It makes no sense.
There is no such thing as a guaranteed pass.
Are intensive courses worth it?
Yes, intensive courses are a great way of learning to drive.
The only problem you’ll have is if you try and do it all in 5 days because it just won’t work.
I’ll say again what I said above – you cannot possibly learn to drive safely in 5 days!
There are plans to introduce a minimum learning time for driving lessons. It is suggested that all learners have on a minimum of 120 hours of driving lessons. They would be spread over one year before they can take a driving test.
These plans have been around for over 6 years and would mean the end of intensive courses.
If you do want to take a crash driving course then I recommend you do so while you still can.
Book your intensive driving lessons in Birmingham
I recommend passing your theory test first or at least book one. It’s not essential and you can start before passing the theory but it makes things easier if that’s done first.
Then just contact me today with details of when you’d like to pass your driving test by and I’ll get you started as soon as I can.