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What is the average amount of driving lessons?


This is a question which we are asked a lot. It is also a really difficult question to answer.

How many driving lessons?

The official DVSA figures state that on average a 17 year old will take 44 hours of professional lessons along with 20 hours of private driving practice to reach the standard required for the driving test.

It should be noted that these figures consider some of the old school driving instructors. Because these instructors have been around such a long time they may not be as enthusiastic as they once were.

Also, the modern driving test is a lot different to what it was 40 years ago.

Here at Andrew’s Driving School, we find it takes somewhere between 25 and 35 hours of professional lessons to reach the standard. If you are lucky enough to be able to get any private driving practice, then this can significantly reduce the number of hours needed.

Someone who Passed in under 40 Lessons



How the driving test has changed

The driving test today involves driving into a busy supermarket carpark, parking the car in a bay, and reversing out, as well as pulling up on the right hand side of the road facing the oncoming traffic before reversing back on the wrong side of the road. Then there is the 20 minute independent driving where you may be asked to follow a sat nav. During this part you will be on busy roundabouts and dual carriageways. None of these things where part of the driving test even 10 years ago. That is why it is important to choose a driving school with a modern, up to date outlook.

Our promise to you

Whilst we cannot promise that you will pass your driving test in any set number of hours, we can promise to always give you our best attention, to ensure that you are fully up to date with all the driving test requirements, and that all our instructors will have a modern approach to teaching you.

Our goal is to get your driving to a high standard as quickly as possible.


Can I Pass My Test in 20 Hours

While we could quote some examples from some of our amazing pupils who have passed their driving test in as little as 12 hours. As well as many who have passed first time in less than 20 hours.  I must add this is far from average. For most of us it takes more in the region of 30 hours. There is a lot to learn, the driving test has changed, the volume of traffic on the roads has changed.

Becoming a safe driver and staying safe on the roads far outweighs passing your test in fewer hours.

The best way to reduce the number of hours needed with a professional driving instructor is to practice in your own car with your parents. This not only speeds up the process, but the experience gained is invaluable.

Assessment Lesson

A good way to establish where you are at with your driving is to take one of our assessment driving lessons. After a 2 hour assessment we are able to give you an honest answer as to how many driving lessons you will need. We are very experienced at this and will rarely be more than a few hours out either way.


Instructor workshop

We need you!

If you have been thinking about a career as a driving instructor. There has never been a better time than now to start in this exciting industry. Since the problems of the last year and driving tests being cancelled there are literally thousand of new learners waiting to begin their lessons. Thats not to mention the unlucky ones who have had their driving tests cancelled multiple times.