Has Covid-19 killed intensive driving courses?

10.47 | 23 November 2021 |

FirstCar has questioned whether the backlog in driving tests, caused by Covid-19, could spell the end for intensive driving courses.

Intensive driving courses fit the whole process of learning to drive into a shorter period, typically two weeks.

According to a survey of FirstCar readers, the courses are popular, with 80% holding favourable views.

However, fewer than 5% of respondents would consider booking one until driving test waiting times return to normal.

FirstCar says while cramming the whole process of learning to drive into two weeks might have worked fine a couple of years ago, the backlog caused by Covid-19 means that many people are waiting months for a test. 

It questions ‘what’s the point of learning in two weeks, only to wait another two or three months for the test?’.

FirstCar has also cast doubts over the long-term future of the courses.

The organisation says: “We’re not sure if intensive driving courses will become popular again once the backlog clears. 

“It largely depends on how long it lasts and whether the companies who offer them can  afford to keep running in the meantime. Intensive courses rely on theory and driving test  availability and we all share the same pool of test centres and driving examiners.

“Evidence shows that to be a safe driver, it’s best to get 100 hours of on-road driving before you take your test, split between lessons and private practice – over the course of a year. 

“Doing this means you’ll have the best chance of staying safe and protecting your no claims bonus when you pass. 

“Having said that, intensive driving courses might be a good option if  you’ve had some driving experience before. As always, do your own research and talk it through with someone you trust before making a decision.”



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