There are a number of different driving courses that are available to complete, all of which go far to suit your individual driving style. Here we give you the lowdown on different courses available with Mike's School of Motoring:
If you're beginning to learn to drive then the most common type of driving course to take is hourly tuition, where you have just one or two hourly lessons per week. You take your theory and practical tests at a time when you and your instructor agree you are ready, usually after a few months of lessons. There is no fixed time scale for learning to drive with this option; we go at your own pace. If it is your preferred method for taking lessons then there are discounts available for block bookings.
Test Booster Course
Designed for pupils that are close to test standard and need a short burst of driving lessons prior to their driving test. The test booster course is also ideal for those who may have previously failed a driving test and haven't had any lessons since.
Refresher lessons are available for both learner and qualified drivers and could be a solution if:
You have not driven for some time
The type of driving you need to do has changed
You have moved to a busier area
You need to drive longer distances
You want to improve one aspect of your driving
You would like to update your skills.
Everyone has a different reason and will require something different from refresher lessons. The scope of the lessons can be decided jointly by the client and the Instructor, and any aspect of driving can be included. Lessons can be 1, 1+1/2 or 2 hours, however we do recommend that the longer the lesson, the more effective they will be.
Semi Intensive Course
Do you need to learn to drive in a short space of time? Perhaps you want to apply for a job where one of the requirements is a driving licence. If you have hourly tuition, it can take several months. The semi intensive course eliminates the need to have hourly lessons on a weekly basis, and unlike the 1 or 2 week intensive driving courses you will not feel tired, as you won't be spending too much time in the car. The problem of some learners feeling 'out of practice' is also eliminated because you will be driving with an increased level or regularity. The duration of the course you will take can depend on several factors such as whether or not you've passed your theory test, availability of appointments and how many hours of tuition you need. The course is flexible, and depending on how you are progressing, the intensity of your course can be increased or decreased.
Confidence Building Course
Do you feel that you lack confidence behind the wheel? Maybe parking causes you sleepless nights, or the thought of driving on the motorway makes you sweat? Then this short course is for you, regardless of how long you have driven for. Tell us what you need and Mike's School of Motoring will do the rest.
Motorway driving is different from urban driving. Speeds are obviously much higher and stopping distances are much longer; the little 'dot' you see in your mirrors can sometimes catch you in seconds. Driving skills developed on different road types need to be adapted for the changed environment, as there are new things to learn and skills to develop. A motorway lesson would obviously be of benefit to a recently qualified driver, but we also give tuition and coaching to more experienced drivers who may lack confidence or perhaps just want to hone their skills further in order to 'do it right'.
Driver Improvement Course
This is a short course offering you the opportunity to enhance your skills. It can include defensive driving - learn how to avoid those situations that cause you to become stressed while driving, hazard perception - identify the problem areas well in advance and become a more relaxed driver. And much more.
Pass plus is a training scheme for newly qualified drivers that is usually taken within the first year of passing the driving test. The course was compiled by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) in conjunction with insurance companies and driving instructors, and was introduced to try to address the high accident risk of new drivers. The course is designed to give newly qualified drivers extra skill or experience in situations that they may not have covered in depth whilst preparing for their driving test (in the case of motorway driving, not covered at all). Pass Plus is a course consisting of 6 modules with no test or exam. Instead, you are assessed by your driving instructor during the training sessions and marked as either 'achieved the standard' or 'exceeded the standard'. You do not fail any module, but if necessary extra training would bring the standard up to the required level.
Pass Plus syllabus modules:
Introduction and Town Driving
All Weather Driving
Out of Town and Rural Roads
In return for completing the Pass Plus course many insurance companies will give a discount, usually equivalent to 1 years No claims bonus (approx. 30%), and this more than covers the cost of the course.