How Many Driving Lessons Do You Need?

The question “how many driving lessons do I need before I can take my test?” comes up at some point or another with just about everyone who learns to drive. Most people ask it out of pure interest to see roughly how long the lessons would take.

Unfortunately, like most things, the answer is:

It depends…

How Many Hours Of Lessons According To The DSA

If you speak to the DSA (Driving Standards Agency), the ‘average’ driver takes 47 hours with an ADI, and 20 hours of private practice with a friend or family member. The DSA is the organisation that sets the test standard, so they know what they’re talking about!

Going from personal experience, this number can vary a huge amount. Previous knowledge from using other vehicles can reduce the number of lessons to as few as 15-20, while difficulties can increase the number to 100+.

However a more accurate guide is 35-50.

Now that the hours are out of the way, on to the important stuff…

The number of hours it will take will vary, just like learning any other skill. Personally, I find learning a new language very difficult, where others can pick it up fairly quickly and can learn to speak several different languages.

Something else to consider when comparing your experience to someone who took their test several years ago is that things have changed. Over the years, not only has the driving test become longer and more involved, but road and traffic conditions have got worse. More cars on the road, and more complex junctions make learning to drive harder than ever.

At the end of the day, everyone’s different, but almost everyone can learn to drive a car safely, you just need to learn the right way.

Rob Laird
RPL Driving

3 thoughts on “How Many Driving Lessons Do You Need?

  1. hector

    These are great informations. If you're serious enough to learn how to drive it is just easy for you to learn fast.

  2. Clark County Traffic School

    I do agree with you most of the cases learning time depends upon the learners interest, dedication. due to this some may learns driving with a little easy where other part some one struggling to understand driving.

  3. Joshua's Law

    Driving is ever ending lesson for a humankind, as long as he/she drive the vehicle they going to learn something new every drive but to first get the license & drive with confidence in any road it make take 50-100 hours of live driving experience is good.

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