Refresher Driving Lessons
You'll feel the benefit of our refresher course
- Has it been a while since you last drove a car?
- Just passed but still a little unsure about certain aspects of driving?
- Perhaps it's motorway or night driving?
- Maybe roundabouts or parallel parking?
Then this refresher course is perfect for you.
Your DTL instructor will tailor the course according to your individual needs and can assist you with:
- Night driving
- Motorway driving
- Parking (reverse manoeuvre)
- Traffic signs
- Speed awareness
The sooner you start; the sooner you'll be a more confident, safer and aware driver.
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Refresher driving courses
No one will accept they're a bad driver, but sometimes a gentle reminder of basic skills can do your confidence a world of good.
"There are two things no man will admit he cannot do well: drive and make love,” said Sir Stirling Moss. But surely it’s time for men (and women) to rethink at least the first part of this statement and accept that for most of us there’s room for improvement.
In our working lives we realise the value of ongoing training to help us adapt to changing circumstances and avoid getting rusty, so surely we should take the same approach to our driving?
The value of immediate post-test training such as the Pass Plus course is widely promoted. Increasingly, though, people who have held a licence for a number of years are realising that they would benefit from extra tuition and are deciding to take a refresher course.
This is fairly common in the case of older women, who have left most of the driving to their husbands. Now, because of bereavement or their partner’s illness, they need to get behind the wheel again.
Other reasons include wanting to overcome common motoring fears such as motorways or night driving, getting a job that involves high mileages, needing to regain confidence after an accident and moving from the country to the city or vice versa.
And, with recent weather conditions very much in everyone’s minds, driving in icy and snowy conditions is a challenge many people won’t have tackled as learners, but a session with a driving instructor can teach techniques for avoiding skids that can make the experience much less hair-raising.
Instructor Chris Gouldingay has helped many drivers improve or regain their skills. “Every course I teach is tailored to the individual,” he says. “For example, if a confident driver has just passed their test and wants additional motorway training then we will probably spend most of the session on the motorway.
“But if a pupil is struggling with a fear of motorways then the approach will be more about gradual exposure – assessing their driving on quiet roads then moving to dual carriageways and eventually the motorway, in a manner which expands their comfort zone.
“If a new student comes to me with confidence issues I’ll normally begin by asking them to drive as they normally would for about 20 minutes and I’ll observe without commenting. Then I get them to pull over and ask if they can identify anything about their driving that might be less than ideal and whether they have any questions for me. Then we’ll maybe choose one aspect and work on that together.”
Refresher Driving Lessons
The length of refresher training can range from one session to a long series for especially nervous drivers. “Some students stay with me until they’ve reached the level they want,” Pope says, “while others take a few lessons to get the ball rolling then go on to practise by themselves.”
For people wanting to improve their road skills, a sympathetic driving instructor is a good first port of call.
Local councils and police forces often offer inexpensive training, so it’s worth investigating if this is available in your area. Many driving centres offer skid prevention and control courses – especially relevant given the extreme severity of recent British winters.
“We highly encourage all drivers to avoid complacency and make the effort to improve,” Rodger says, “whether that’s taking the IAM course, booking a motorway lesson or even just spending an evening reading through The Highway Code.”