Staying the course

You’ve got your provisional license, maybe you’ve already passed your theory test (or you’re taking that alongside driving lessons…) now you need to stay the course and get that driving experience under your belt until you are ready to take your practical test.


How long does it take to learn to drive?

How many driving lessons you will need will depend on a number of factors:

  • Your age – according to statistics, the younger you are the quicker you will develop those essential driving skills.
  • Your gender – in 2019/20 a greater percentage of men passed their practical test than women, although this was reversed for the theory test. (Source: Dept. of Transport, Statistical Report, 24th June 2020).
  • Your focus during lessons – make sure you get a good night’s sleep before any driving lesson and wear sensible footwear.
  • Your existing knowledge of The Highway Code – get a head start by studying in advance; essential if you are working on your theory test alongside your practical lessons.

Emerging Left Intensive Driving School’s Grade A instructors will be able to give you an initial assessment lesson to estimate roughly how many lessons you will need to learn to drive. As you progress, your tailor-made plan will be flexible enough to adapt as you go – with regular progress reports so you will know exactly how you are doing on your learning to drive journey.

How often should I have a driving lesson?

The more often you can have lessons the better, it’s the continuity that’s so important. Ideally lessons should be two hours long. At Emerging Left Intensive Driving School, we specialize in intensive courses; personalized to suit you. Our station-to-station pick up service and door-to-door service all help make driving lessons a part of your everyday life.

Any additional experience you can get with a friend or relative will also help, although there is no comparison to a professional instructor. You will also need to bear in mind the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) guidelines, make sure ‘L’ plates are displayed and of course confirm the relevant insurance on the car you want to practice in.

What kind of driving experience is best?

You will start learning to drive on quiet local roads. As time goes on and your confidence grows, a good instructor will give you varied driving experience on the roads near you; a great instructor will take you to several different locations, driving at different speeds, in different weathers. The more varied the experience, the better – driving when it’s getting dark, in the rain – all these things will make you a more adaptable, confident driver for life.

How will I know if I am ready for my practical driving test?

There is no point putting in for your test until your instructor is confident you are ready. At Emerging Left Intensive Driving School, we want you to pass first time, with as few faults as possible. Remember Emerging Left Intensive Driving School will book and arrange your practical test for you for FREE and we know all the Test Centres (and their possible routes) in London and Hertfordshire inside out.

The Practical Test

For information on the test itself and what happens both before and afterwards please see our article ‘Taking the test’.

If you have any queries on how you can get started on your learning to drive journey please do contact us. Our experienced Grade A instructors are ready to help.


“As a touring musician and living in London most of my adult life, I never actually got around to taking my driving test. It was only when my children were old enough to speak that they gradually started mocking me for not being able to drive, thus kicking my shame and parental responsibility into high gear! I cannot recommend Dennis and the team at Emerging Left more highly; their experience, patience and professionalism is 2nd to none. They ensured that by the time I took my test, I was a fully confident driver, was aware of the dangers and how to be safe on the road & was extremely knowledgeable about the rules of the road. Seems now my kids are only mocking me about everything else. Thanks guys!”

Ed Harcourt

Singer / Song Writer / Musician

“Den is truly a great instructor whom I would highly recommend for anyone who is serious about driving.  He is highly experienced, full of integrity, honest and has a knack for making you feel ‘calm, confident and in control.’

If you don’t learn how to drive with Den and Emerging Left, you simply shouldn’t be on the road!
Thank you Den and thank you Emerging Left!
All the Best,”



“I used 3 different driving instructor companies and Emerging Left was the best by far. The office team of instructor’s took time to ensure I understood the course that I required to help me pass my test. Everything was explained fully  before any payment was made.

My instructor was very patient and explained clearly what we were doing and why. I felt not just ready to pass my driving test which i did with 0 yes 0 minors but confident and safe to drive on the road with my baby girl.

I would recommend Emerging Left to anyone  who wants to learn to drive.”

Sharon Mullarkey

“Den is an exceptional driving instructor of remarkable patience and professionalism. I would not hesitate to recommend him and Emerging Left to anyone wanting to get on the road. His dedication to his students puts him head and shoulders above any other instructor I encountered while learning.

Perhaps most importantly, he understands how daunting the process can be and has a knack for making you feel he is on your side. If you are someone who has failed before or finds driving tests stressful, Den and Emerging Left will get you through.”

Roland Oliphant

Reporter for the Telegraph

“I passed my driving test on the 13th of January 2017 with Emerging Left.

I had had a few lessons with somebody else previous to Emerging Left and I didn’t learn a thing with them, I was left feeling that this was a bridge to far and that i would never get my licence but as soon as I started lessons with my A grade instructor he gave me so much more encouragement and reassurance that the road became a place of confidence.
My instructor taught me to be a great driver and his knowledge and experience helped me to pass with only 1 minor fault. He made me feel comfortable while on lessons. If I made a mistake he would say ‘don’t worry let’s try again’. He was very patient with me during my lessons and gave me the confidence to pass my test. I am very happy I used Emerging Left as my driving instructor, I would recommend this company to any learner.”

Chloe, Wimbledon

“When I first started my driving lessons I felt very nervous and anxious about being behind the wheel. My instructor took all the nerves and anxiety away instantly with his calm and patient approach. He took his time to explain each and every step in a way I could understand and put into practice confidently. After each lesson I felt more and more confident and excited for the next lesson to come as each lesson was made fun. When doing my lessons I was studying in college and the office team and instructor tried their hardest to work around my classes and I believe I was provided the best customer care possible. The teaching was so effective that even now when parking I can still hear my instructors voice in my head telling me exactly what to do.”

Kelly Rice

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