Most people I know of have done it in approx 10 months, but if you have more than 2hrs of lessons with an instructor a week or are a natural driver, you'll probably do it in less. My friend did it in 4 months with more lessons per week and another in 3 after driving with her parents before she started with an instructor. Some take longer (eg. me) 18 months.
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as always it depends.... i took 30 hours over 3 months and passed first time. my 17th was in march and 1st week of june i had the certificate in my hand. go for a reputable driving school and not just the cheapest one. trust me... they are not 'all the same'.
That's what it took me, but my cousin did it in half that. There's no way of knowing, just take it when you're ready. Taking it early will just result in a fail, and that just means more money. Good luck.
Just, get your provisional now, then when it arrives book your theory for as soon as you can. Then its out of the way, make sure you book up plenty of time with your instructor, then, book your test before you are ready as there will be 2-3 weeks to wait before you can take it in which you can get up to scratch.
I think it can be done but you have to put the effort in. I have a similar time frame, just started last week and want to pass at the end of July. I've had 5 hours already and I'm doing okay. I've booked 20 hours for the next 5 weeks or so, and then a 15 hour fast pass course in July. I think a mix of fast pass courses and lessons is a good idea (you can book fast pass courses for different lengths of teaching time, I think the shortest is about 10 hours). This way the first few lessons aren't totally overwhelming, and you get to sleep on them and absorb the info, then you get plenty of practice in your test week. I'm with learn more driving school, so they offer both normal lessons and fast courses, so I don't have to faff around changing instructor. What you can do to help is recap between your lessons with this website:
this way you learn why you're doing things the way you're doing them, as opposed to just remembering a sequence. For me at least, this has made me progress a lot faster. Learn your theory at home (it's mostly common sense, but the more you learn, the better the driver you'll be) and learn as much as you can about motor mechanics and vehicle maintenence.
I don't know if I'll need the full 40 hours I have booked, but since I've saved for them, I'd rather have the extra experience and confidence of having more lessons (I'm not having any private practice). I don't believe a lot of the people who claim to pass after 10 hours total, and if it's true I certainly wouldn't want to be in the passenger seat! Many people can get competent, driving on the roads after 10 hours, but I think anyone could still use some guidance at this stage. Short teaching times are probably why we see so many drivers entering roundabouts on the wrong lanes, undertaking on motorways, overtaking at blind corners and undulating roads etc
The other thing with fast pass courses is everything's included! no waiting time for tests. They don't have to be super expensive, my lessons work out as £17 an hour, the fast pass course works out at £20/ hour plus standard rate for your two tests.
It depends. I started learning in January, didn't have any lessons in Febuary because of lack of money, started again in March and have been learning ever since. My test is in July, so all in all - 7 months. I have had no private practise and do 2 hours a week. I am doing automatic, though, so that could factor in.
I think that is slightly optimistic!
I started in June 2012 and passed in May 2013. However that wasn't having a lesson every week, in total I had 33 lessons, passed 2nd time. I didn't have a car to practice on though. I think I was an average learner. Obviously you could pass in a much shorter time frame, if you had a 2hr lesson every week you could do it in around 15 weeks. But part of the problem is booking theory and practical tests. I was ready to take my test by early March but waiting lists meant I couldn't take it until late April and then when I failed that delayed it by another month...
So you'll be on your summer holidays soon. If the average amount of hours needed is 40, doesn't it make sense that if you do those 40 hours within a shorter time period, you'll be able to take the test a lot sooner?
I personally did all of my lessons in the space of 4 weeks. I was well up to test standard by the end of them, but failed the first one mainly due to someone else's bad driving, and the second test was failed due to a bad night's sleep, so lack of concentration as well as feeling nervy.
I passed the third test easily. 2 weeks of waiting between tests meant that the total time period from my first lesson to my test pass was 2 months. If I hadn't encountered that indecisive sod in my first test, I would have passed in less than a month.
So yeah, if you can afford it and you have no issue with doing about 10 hours a week, then go for it. Yhat way, you'll be highly likely to pass before September.
(Original post by UNKN0WN) My 17th is in July and I'd like to pass my test ready for school to start again in September. How long on average does it take and will this be enough time?
Took me around 30 1 hour lessons to pass my exam (first time with 4 minors ). I only did 1-2 lessons a week (as it was during school, did it in frees) though so it took a little while, but if you do more each week and if you can, practice with a family member when you can't get lessons you should be fine. Some people learn much faster, you could be a natural :P
A good idea would be to learn all the theory and pass your theory test straight after your birthday.
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