What do you think of semi-intensive driving courses?
Hairbrush123 · 21/03/2017 15:55
Hello. I've decided to restart my driving lessons again and want to pass this time! I've been looking into 'semi' intensive driving courses (e.g. over 4/5 weeks, with perhaps 5 hours a week?) I hear good things about it but want to know if anyone here has actually done it? How did you enjoy it? What was your intensity? Did you pass? Thanks!
BarchesterFlowers · 21/03/2017 15:57
I did two hours a day for 5 days with the test in the afternoon of the fifth day when I learnt to drive. I passed 30 years ago.
The worst thing about it was the letchy instructor.
BarchesterFlowers · 21/03/2017 15:58
I had never been behind the wheel before - ever. I think it is very doable.
Hairbrush123 · 21/03/2017 16:01
Thanks for the swift reply! I've done the test before and failed five minutes before the test ended by being in the wrong lane at the roundabout (this was two years ago nearly and just gave up - which I hugely regret now!) did you find it stressful?
BarchesterFlowers · 21/03/2017 16:05
I hated my instructor Hairbrush, he was a sweaty letch and I was a young thing away from home . If I had met him ten years on I would have dealt with him.
I didn't find it stressful at all, took my lessons/test in a city when I was a country girl.
My overriding memory is of the letchy instructor .
buckeejit · 21/03/2017 16:33
After 7 years of nagging & 2 dc, lazy dh eventually did an intensive week & passed!!!!
It still amazes me but so much better than it dragging on for weeks & months
FaFoutis · 21/03/2017 16:35
I did an intensive week and lost half a stone. I think most of it was tears.
Letmesleepalready · 21/03/2017 16:37
I'm thinking of doing this as we can't seem to find time due to childcare. I could do it when DH has annual leave. (Already took almost 30 lessons last year, so hoping it won't be many more hours!)
FaFoutis · 21/03/2017 16:41
I did it in Wales (I don't live in Wales) so the dh and the dc could have I holiday while I 'drove'. We rented a cottage.
Not much traffic in Wales either.
tabulahrasa · 21/03/2017 16:41
I did 2 lessons of 2 hrs a week for 12 weeks...though, that includes failing twice as well, turns out im not good at driving tests, lol.
That was without driving at all beforehand and really I should have passed my first test, which was after 8 weeks...but I got really nervous and mucked it up.
It was fine though doing it like that, I had a nice instructor though.
madeleinecreek · 21/03/2017 16:44
I passed first time when pregnant with 50 hours of lessons, I think it was 3x2.5 hours a week for 2 months? The maths of that doesn't quite add up but it was something like that. I found it helped my confidence to do it so regularly - you do have to at least tolerate your instructor though as it's very intense.
Hairbrush123 · 21/03/2017 17:09
Barchester - what was your instructor like? I had an awful instructor. He would swear at me, shout and just make me feel uncomfortable!
Thanks everyone for your advice! I'm glad everything had a positive experience of it! I will definitely do the semi intensive course. Wish me luck!
Hairbrush123 · 21/03/2017 17:13
Everyone* not everything
BarchesterFlowers · 21/03/2017 17:14
Mine was large, sweaty and letchy, he used to take my little finger off the wheel, wiggle it up and down and say 'just checking that you are nice and relaxed'. Ewwww, I was so creeped out by him (I am cringing 30 years on) but too shy to say anything.
Thank God (or someone at least) I passed. Ten hours was ten hours too long.
BarchesterFlowers · 21/03/2017 17:15
Good luck ,
NotCitrus · 21/03/2017 17:15
I did 2 hour lessons, twice a week when I really wanted to finally pass (had 3 fails). It worked - the long lessons meant you really got the hang of things and could get to the test areas too.
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