Learner Driver(S) in the UK

Every year 1.5 million learner drivers take to the roads in the quest of obtaining their drivers licence. Unfortunately, only approximately half of these manage to pass their practical driving test. The national pass rate sits at a measly 44%. The DVSA suggests that in order to successfully pass a practical driving test, learner drivers are expected to take at least 44 hours of tuition and another 20 hours in private practice.

 

Learning To Drive in the UK

Learning to drive in the UK is a fairly straight forward process. Learner drivers need to obtain their provisional drivers licence and then undertake a course of tuition. With over 42,000 Approved Driving Instructor’s (ADI) to choose from. Selecting the correct learner driver school can be the hardest challenge. With all driving school’s claiming to be the best, claiming to have high learner driver pass rates, and all at competitive prices: it can be a daunting task for any learner driver to decide who to learn to drive with. Here are a few rules to help you:

 

  • Have you been recommended by a friend?
  • Has the driving school got a website and are they on social media?
  • Have they got learner driver pass pictures?
  • Have they got any reviews?
  • What is the ADI’s grade?
  • What location and days of the week do they work?
  • How flexible are they and what are their Terms and Conditions?

 

You need to think about all of these things prior to choosing the correct school for you. Learning to drive in the UK needn’t be difficult, if you do some research first.

 

Learner Drivers and Crash Driving Courses

The classic route of tuition is for learner drivers to have one or two lessons a week. However- in recent years, intensive driving courses, or ‘Crash Driving Courses’ have seen a large increase in the volume of pupils undertaking such tuition. The reason for this is unknown: However, it could possibly be in reflection of the digital boom we have encountered in the past few years. People don’t have as much spare time as they used to and this could be a result of the digital era that we are all living in. Crash driving courses offer learner drivers alternative routes to obtaining a drivers licence. What are the benefits of a crash driving course?

  • Can be done quickly and with little fuss
  • Dedicated instructor for the duration of your course
  • No more waiting months and months
  • Can pre-book to coincide with school holidays and paid leave from work
  • Fewer lessons overall due to condensed training and learning

Learner Drivers and Cheap Driving Lessons

Recent years have seen a boom in the increase of driving schools. With thanks to national companies over processing the ‘instructor training courses” and “earn £30,000 per year” advertisements. The result was too many ADIs, for the amount of work available. Learner drivers were in-undated with cheap driving lessons and offers to entice them to the particular driving school promoting such deals. Deals included:

  • First five hours for £55
  • 10 lessons for £99
  • Groupon offers for first four hours for £22

 

Of course it all sounds fabulous for the learner driver when they were enticed with these cheap driving lessons, but, in reality did it do any favours for the industry? It caused a new rise of learner driver- the ‘deal hoppers’ as I called them. Learner drivers would go with one company for one deal, and then hop over to another company for another deal. This in the short term may have appeared a good deal for the learner driver- but,long term it didn’t. Learner drivers often needed more lessons overall as it meant that they had to repeat a lot of their lessons due to having different driving instructors. Not always the deal they thought they were getting.

 

“It caused a new rise of learner driver- the ‘deal hoppers’,”

Times are rapidly changing, lesson prices are rising, ADI’s are decreasing and the learner driver population is increasing. Therefor so is demand for lessons. With the new changes of recent years to the practical test, and the heightened proposals for further changes- the learner driver experience is rapidly changing. The LPod Academy understands this and wishes to evolve within the industry to reflect these changes. With our ‘extras’ we believe we are one of a few training providers to go that extra mile with our learner drivers- we aren’t just here to pass a test- we are here to promote ‘safe driving for life’. If you want to book one of our driving courses, please visit our courses section here.