Why should I consider taking an intensive driving course?

Learning to drive is a daunting prospect for many people, and it’s totally normal to feel anxious at the thought of being behind the wheel for the first time. First of all though, you need to work out the details of how exactly you’ll learn everything you need to know. Having one or two lessons a week over the course of several months is usually the route that people follow, but it’s well worth considering the merits of an intensive driving course instead. Here’s why.

Sometimes, time is of the essence

If you need to learn to drive quickly for a particular reason – for example, if you’re starting a new job that requires you to travel to a place that isn’t served by public transport – then you’re probably trying to work out how you can get your test done and dusted in the shortest possible amount of time. And let’s face it, even if you haven’t got a special reason for getting on the roads ASAP, you don’t want to be waiting around for years before you finally have the freedom that you need to get out there and hit the open road!

It can save you money

When you’re having a lesson once a week, it’s easy to forget what you’ve covered from one session to the next. As a result, you end up going back over old ground, and of course, time means money. Yes, taking an intensive course means that you’ll be pulling the cash out as a lump sum, but in the long run, it could actually save you quite a significant amount. You’ll often be able to find great deals for intensive driving courses, but remember to exercise a little common sense along the way. If a firm is offering courses for next to nothing, you need to ask yourself why. It could be because their services aren’t quite up to scratch.

You’ll experience a variety of driving conditions

If you have your driving lesson at 7pm every Monday night, for example, you’ll only ever familiarise yourself with what the roads are like at that particular time. When you take an intensive course, you’ll get a feel for different conditions and what the traffic is like at various points throughout the day. This experience can help to make you a better driver.

For some people, it’s the best style of learning

People have different preferences when it comes to learning new things, and what works for one person won’t necessarily be the best approach for someone else. Take a little time to consider how you prefer to absorb new information. Do you like getting stuck in, and emerging yourself in the subject? Do you like to get hands-on experience of how to do things, so you can get a real feel for how it works and how everything comes together? If you answered yes to these questions, it could be the case that an intensive course really is the best option for you when it comes to learning to drive. It’s all about assessing your choices and being aware of how you like to learn.

Choosing the best way to learn to drive is a really personal decision, and what’s right for you won’t necessarily be right for someone else. Get really familiar with the options you have, and weigh them up against your priorities. Do you need to pass within a certain time frame? What kind of budget are you working with? What are your main concerns? Once you establish where you right now, it’s much easier to get to where you want to be!

Driver Training and Manic Miner

Well, this is the new website and of course the new blog. On here you’ll find all the latest news and developments from within the driver training industry and updates for new drivers.

Or, maybe not. Maybe I could actually put something interesting on instead, which is what I hope to do. If you want updates on driver training methods there are a plethora of boring websites that will fulfill your every need and requirement, just go to any other driving school website and fill your boots. Parrot does not and will not repeat (despite its name) all the dull blurb that you read on just about every other driving school website in the land. Which brings me neatly to a point, did you notice that we’re not a “school of motoring”, we are Driver Trainers. Much more grown up and 2014 thank you very much, we left the 70’s years ago.

Times have changed, we’ve moved forward, we live in a digital age where almost everything is instant and at your fingertips. How many of you are reading this on a mobile phone? I can remember when a mobile phone was hi-tech if it had more than 1 ring tone, it wasn’t even that long ago, (or is that me getting old?) Anyway the point I’m getting at is everything moves quicker nowadays and quite rightly so. Once upon a time ago the way to learn to drive was to have an hour a week, for as long as it took to be competent enough to pass the driving test. One hour a week! Seriously, that was probably when mobile phones only had 1 ring tone. I remember getting proper excited when I bought a mobile that had a camera on it once, someone commented on how it would never catch on.

Anyway, I’m off topic now so back to driver training. All the training here at Parrot is done in four hour blocks, it stands to reason you’ll get more bang for your buck, (I like that phrase, nicked it off someone earlier on) If you do a full week at four hours a day, mon-fri you’ll complete 20 hours of training. Most students are driving to quite a good standard at this point and don’t need much more training to finish the job off. If you were doing the old hour a week nonsense it’d take 20 weeks to have completed the same amount of time behind the wheel, except you’d actually be further behind because of all the time lost each week with a brief/de-brief at the start and end of each lesson. Doesn’t make a lot of sense to me….

Polyphonic ring tones never made much sense either thinking about it, they sounded like 80’s computer game music, one that springs to mind is manic miner, (if you don’t know what I’m on about – you haven’t lived. Google it now) So, to conclude the first blog we’ve breifly discussed driver training, mobile phone technology and manic miner. Find that on another driving school website if you can.