In 2006, the DSA (now the DVSA – Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency), published the results of a study that looked at how more than 48,000 new drivers had learned to drive and their experience of driving after they passed their test.
- to investigate how people learn to drive, including the number of hours of tuition they needed;
- to explore new drivers’ experiences and attitudes to driving and
- to identify their level of accident involvement over time.
The number of hours of professional tuition that pupils needed, on average, to pass their test are shown below.
|Age||Very quick learner||Average|
Source: DSA, Cohort II: A Study of Learner and New Drivers, Volume 1 – Main Report, 2006
Want to know how many hours you might need?
You might need more than the ‘average’ if:
- You live in a city or if you live on the outskirts of a city.
- If you take lessons around 3:30pm or 5pm (more congestion, slower learning).
- You don’t do a little homework between lessons.
- You pick up bad habits from friends or relatives.
You’ll learn faster and pass your test more quickly if:
- You’ve already had some lessons;
- You take two or three lessons a week;
- You practice between lessons.
But most important of all, pick a local instructor with good reviews!