This is one of the most common questions a new student driver asks.
Unfortunately, there is no ‘magic number’. That really depends on the person. While some people may take 25 hours to reach practical driving standard, others may take many more. For example, one person may find a particular task easy to master, while another may struggle, and may take a number of sessions to get it right.
The number of lessons also depends on what previous road experience you have, such as riding a cycle or motorcycle. Those people will have some idea of road procedures, so won’t need as many as someone that doesn’t have any road experience.
|Previous driving experience|| ||Estimated number of hours to test standard|
|No driving experience || || 50 to 75|
|Around 25 hours|| || 30 to 45 |
|Around 35 hours|| || 15 to 20|
|Test standard ( or recently failed a driving test)|| || 10 to 15|
As a rough guide, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency estimates that a person without any driving (or riding) experience requires around 45 hours with a professional driving instructor, plus another 30 hours independent driving.