How many lessons will I need?

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.