Now don’t get me wrong – I love summer just as much as the next man – unless the next man happens to be an Eskimo.
However, why do so many of our young people see summertime as the definitive time to learn how to drive?
Over my many years in the Instructing profession, I have noticed an upswing in driving lesson enquiries, from around early May.
During our initial conversation it emerges that the prospective new driver MUST pass his or her test before the end of whenever – usually within a 10 weeks’ timeframe. “I want to do it intensively” is, it seems another popular buzz-phrase.
“So when are you available?”
“Well I have college every day and then I work afterwards, until about 8pm! – but I’m free after that!”
“I’m having some time off though, in a couple of weeks and I thought perhaps we could do six hours a day for five days and then maybe take my test after that!”
Today’s technological world has a lot to answer for – where nobody sends a letter anymore – imagine walking to the post office to buy a stamp (with those old fashioned coin things) and then waiting for a minimum of 24 hours before your friend actually received your letter – then having to wait a further day or two days until your friend replied??
I received a text from a pupil the other evening, timed at 23:38, followed some thirty minutes later by another text asking “Why are you ignoring my texts?”
Over the years, I have developed some necessary skills, though replying to a text at 23:38 whilst in a semi-comatose state isn’t one of them.
If you want or need to take intensive lessons then please make sure you have the necessary and very important discussions with your Instructor. Sure, talking things through with mum and dad are important (especially if your parents are providing the funding for your lessons), but please plan a strategy with the highly-trained and experienced professional, who will be inches away from you for quite some time in the future.
May I use one of my recent pupils as an example?
Mal (not his real name), contacted me to say it was very important that he passed his driving test reasonably quickly; “here we go –I initially thought.”
We had a detailed discussion, based on his minimum past experience during which, I emphasised that simply passing the test wasn’t an end-goal but actually a performance-goal, and that driving safely for the next 50 years should really be the goal.
However, after some near military planning – not surprising as he is serving in HM Forces in the Royal Engineers, he told me he wanted to take part in an exercise later in the year, which involved driving Tanks and a driving licence would certainly enhance his chances of selection.
Fortunately, I had three existing pupils, all of whom did 2 to three hours regularly, who were going on holiday around this time, so we agreed we would defer lessons to enable them to conserve much needed holiday spends.
This is another essential part of planning with your Instructor: Most of us have reasonably full diaries and it just isn’t physically possible to fit someone in who virtually wants to “live” in the car for over a week.
In Mal’s case we were able to book a short notice test (at his request) and then dedicate several long sessions to his tuition, with essential breaks obviously.
He was successful in passing his driving test at the first attempt and recorded NIL driving faults.
If YOU want to take an intensive course – please speak to us and together we can discuss and plan your lessons – at a rate that won’t give you a headache.