How many lessons will it take me to pass my driving test?
The answer will of course vary from person to person. The best answer is really ‘when you feel comfortable’. Your instructor is key, the better your instructor, the quicker you will learn.
On average around 30-40 hours of expert tuition are recommended to reach test standard.
Remember too, the more experience you have in the car out on the road, the more knowledgeable you will become about road signs and practical hazard spotting. Both of these will be useful when it comes to the theory test as well as preparing you for the practical test.
What can make me fail?
The top ten reasons for failing a driving test are below. The more practice you have, the less chance you’ll have of making any of the following mistakes:
1) Observation at junctions – not looking properly or showing poor judgement.
2) Reverse parking – not looking properly and ensuring you can manoeuvre safely or a lack of accuracy.
3) Use of mirrors - not checking frequently, at the right time or checking and not then acting on what you’ve seen.
4) Moving away – not looking properly or poor control when pulling away.
5) Use of signals – not indicating, not turning them off or giving misleading signals.
6) Incorrect positioning – not positioning the car properly, for example at roundabouts, in lanes or around bends.
7) Reversing around a corner – not looking properly or reversing inaccurately.
8) Lack of steering control – either steering too early or leaving it too late.
9) Turn round in road – the three point turn, not looking properly or carried out badly.
10) Inappropriate speed - travelling too quickly or too slowly for road conditions.
Phew. Yes, there’s a lot to learn. At least you know everyone on the road has been there and done it too. Good luck!!