It’s better to have a 2 hour driving lesson because you’ll make much more efficient use of the time and money. The reasons why a 2 hour driving lesson is better than a 1 hour lesson is because:
- You’ll receive approximately 3 times more practical driving experience
- It’s better value for money
- You’ll cover a greater variety of roads
- You’ll encounter a greater variety of traffic conditions
More Practical Driving Experience
You’ll receive approximately 3 times more practical driving experience in a 2 hour lesson, compared to a 1 hour lesson. The reason for this is as follows.
For example, let’s take a driving lesson where the instructor is going to introduce roundabouts. The instructor will begin the lesson with a recap on the previous lesson and will run through any questions you may have. You’ll generally start the lesson with a ‘warmup’ and getting ack up to speed with what you were doing on your last lesson.
You’ll then park up in a suitable location where the instructor will introduce roundabouts as being today’s driving lesson, where a lesson briefing will begin. This includes showing diagrams of the different types of roundabouts, how they work, what you, the learner driver should do and safety procedures. The lesson briefing on roundabouts may take around 10 minutes or so. After the warmup and lesson briefing, it could take up to 30 minutes before you begin driving on roundabouts (you’ll need to start off on easy roundabouts, so this will vary on your location).
If you have a 1 hour driving lesson, you’ll only have the remaining 30 minutes for practical driving experience. On a 2 hour lesson, you have 1 and a half hours worth of driving experience and that makes a lot of difference.
Better Value for Money
Based on the fact that you’ll receive more practical driving experience with a 2 hour driving lesson as detailed above, you will need 3 x 1 hour driving lessons to cover the same amount of driving experience that you will receive in a 1 x 2 hour driving lesson. Therefore 2 hour driving lessons are far better value for money.
Greater Variety of Roads
If you start your driving lessons from the same location each time; from home, college or work, it’s likely that you’ll also want to finish at the same location. After the initial lesson briefing, the short time you have for practical driving means you’re limited on distance travelled and that means you may not cover the greater variety of roads that you might in a 2 hour lesson.
The greater the variety of roads that you cover during your driving lessons not only increases your chances of passing the driving test, but the experience will help to make you a safer, more confident driver after you have passed the test.
Greater Variety of Traffic Conditions
For the same reasons as above, you’re far more likely to experience a greater variety of traffic conditions during a 2 hour driving lesson. For the driving test, the test centre manager plans out driving test routes that will challenge the learner driver to as many varied roads and traffic conditions as possible.
On an ideal driving lesson, you’ll need to begin the lesson from your pickup point, have the lesson briefing, then experience the test routes and traffic conditions that you’ll be taken on during your test. This could be some distance away from your pickup location and may only be possible in a 2 hour lesson.
Gaining experience with a variety of traffic conditions, particularly the exact routes that you’ll be taking on your driving test will considerably increase your chances of passing.
2 Hour Driving Lessons are Too Tiring
2 hour driving lessons are tiring and for some learners, they are simply too long. There’s two ways around this; ask your driving instructor for a 1.5 hour lesson instead, or if you are taking 2 hour lessons, ask for a 5 minute break halfway through.
Most instructors offer 1.5 hour lessons and they are ideal because they are not overly long, but offer enough time to get plenty of driving experience. If you are finding driving lessons long and tiring, your instructor will be more than happy to accommodate a short break. Your instructor will guide you to a safe place to park up, where you can exit the car, stretch your legs and get some fresh air.