26 Oct

How Long Does it Take to Learn to Drive?

Learner Insurance

Well-quoted figures from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency state it takes ‘most’ of us 45 hours of lessons and 22 practice hours to learn to drive. Yet, ask people you know, and chances are a few will claim it was even less, while many others will admit it took them a whole lot longer.


If you want to learn to drive the most important thing that matters is driving well and with safety as the overriding priority.


At the present time, many would-be drivers are frustrated as there is a shortage of tests and too few examiners. There is no magic fix other than to press on with learning and to do this to the best of your ability – and there are a number of tips to ensure the process goes as well as possible.


Find a great instructor

Check your instructor is DVSA approved, but also that you have good rapport. You do not have to be best buddies, but you do need to understand their instructions and make progress. If lessons are not going well or you’ve already failed a few times, then move.


Practice sessions make perfect

Having sessions from a friend or family member, providing they are eligible, can make a big difference to your road awareness and ability. You can buy learner driver insurance – if aged 17 to 25 – with GoShorty, and so know their car is protected, if it has a value of up to £20,000.  This insurance can be taken out for up to 24 weeks.


Cherish your ‘unpaid’ teacher

This can be a stressful role and is being done purely for your benefit. You may find there are some differences between what they say and your instructor’s views but talk about it afterwards – and add it to your learning experience.


Can you learn in your own car?

This will not be a route available to all but can help you feel confident when you take your test as you’ll be highly familiar with the controls. GoShorty can insure a learner’s car worth up to £10,000


Take the theory test and crack on

Once you’ve passed your theory test, you’re clear to apply for the practical. Being single-minded helps – so when studying the Highway Code, drop social media and TV and aim for top marks.


Time to consider automatic?

If manual is proving hard, automatic may suit you more. You may need to find a new instructor and although an automatic-only licence is more restrictive, you will still be on the road.


Avoid any gaps in teaching

Regular lessons and practice sessions pay off. If you have a weakness in a lesson, see if you can work on this in your practice sessions and make improvements.


Be ready on test day

Get there early and take control of your nerves. Anxiety affects performance, but your instructor believes you are ready. Turn jittery nerves into steely determination. Wear sensible footwear and glasses – if needed – that you’re comfortable with.


If you don’t at first succeed

If you pass – huge congratulations! If not, don’t be too upset. A majority need to retake. Don’t give up – you will get there.


Learning to drive is a process, not an achievement. You don’t learn anything overnight, and learning to drive is the same. With GoShorty, you can get learner insurance for as long as you need – from 1hr to 24 weeks.


Get a quote on learner insurance today from GoShorty, and get insurance that suits your learning.