Why 2 hour lessons are better than 1 hour lessons

Generally speaking and for most people learning to drive, 2 hour lessons are more beneficial than 1 hour lessons.

There are a variety of reasons for this which include:

  • Reduced learning time overall (can reduce by a third)
  • Reduced costs to the learner (2 hour sessions are reduced prices)
  • Approximately triples the learning period in any given session (see below)
  • Allows better retention of information due to more time to practice
  • Allows for a greater geographical area to be covered in lessons to maximise exposure to a variety of traffic situations
  • Allows travel on a greater variety of road types including National Speed limit dual cariageways (70mph lessons with overtaking and use of slip roads)

This list is not all of the benefits of increasing the lesson length. Increasing further still to 4 or 6 hours has shown that with structured breaks, the learning speed and retention ability is even greater.

Below is a diagram showing roughly what happens in the lessons. This is in no way an exact science as each student is vastly different. But it shows a general breakdown of a lesson structure.

Note the following from it. Because we cover 2 subjects in a 2 hour session, the Theory, Briefing and Recap are doubled to ensure we cover 2 subjects. But it still leaves almost 3 times the practical training time.

Alternatively, and what I personally find works better is to cover 1 subject in great detail. Imagine the subject for today is roundabouts. With a 1 hour lesson you get 30 mins of practice on roundabouts. If we do a 2 hours session on roundabouts we get the following:

With the table we see we get a whopping 90 minutes to practice roundabouts. 3 times the amount you would have had if you had done 1 hour.

How does that equate to money then?

If you take the rough example above, to get 3 hours of roundabout practice with 1 hour lessons you need the following;

3 x 1 hour @ £24 = £72

Alternatively you could do just a single 2 hour lesson;

1 x 2 hours @ £42 = £42



2 hour sessions are not for everyone. They are long, tiring and if not structured correctly can be detrimental to the learning process. Almost all of my students do 2 hour lessons and I've been this way since I started. I know how to structure the lessons, when to pause for reflection and when to push on. You will need to turn up to the lessons with the best possible chance of taking advantage of this method. Late nights, skipping breakfast or being distracted will not help you keep focused and concentrating throughout and this should be taken into consideration when booking lessons.

If you have any further questions or thoughts on this subject please get in touch.