5 Things to Think About Before Booking Your Driving Lessons

driving instructor with student

1. How Much Will My Lessons Cost?

The typical cost of a driving school varies greatly between states and cities and is affected by the cost of gasoline. Expect classroom driver training between $30 and $180. Actual road training runs between $50 and $150 per session. Most driving schools offer an all-inclusive package between $200 and $800.

The best way to get a good deal on you’re driving lessons is to shop around, comparing driving school and the deals that they offer.

2. Should I Take an Intensive Driving Course?

Intensive driving courses are normally booked across 5 -10 day periods and involve getting out on the road as much as possible during the time, with lessons lasting from 6-8 hours, with breaks.

Most courses will offer one-to-one tuition with a qualified driving instructor. You’ll do the same training as you would with a longer series of conventional driving lessons, although an intensive course can often be tailored to focus on the areas that you’re least comfortable with. You’ll then get a fast-tracked practical test at the end of your learning.

3. Finding the Best Driving Instructor for You

It’s really important to learn how to drive safely right from the beginning – bad habits are hard to break! Driving instructors are specially trained to teach you what you need to know to be safe on the road and pass your test. They have lots of experience and knowledge about driving, which they’ll use to help you become a confident, safe driver.

It’s important to make sure your instructor is right for you. Try to choose an instructor who:


  • has a good reputation
  • is reliable and punctual
  • has a car that suits you

If you start your lessons and find you don’t like your driving instructor, look for a new one: it’s important that you get on well with whoever is teaching you to drive.

4. Practice With Your Parents

Getting out on the road between lessons with family or friends is crucial to improving your chances of passing the test.

A lot may have changed since the last generation took their tests, however, the rules of the road may not have included what to do if you encounter a crash, for example, and practical tests now focus on ‘independent driving’, where students are asked to follow signs to a specific location.

5. Getting Insurance

This might come as a surprise, but you will need car insurance before heading out on the road – even though you are a learner driver. Generally, you’ll be covered by your driving school while taking lessons and the practical test, but if you practice between professional lessons in a car belonging to family or friends, you will need additional cover.

Expert Training

The Northwest Driving School and Traffic School provides the Las Vegas community with live driving and traffic classes taught by seasoned instructors. All of our driving instructors have passed background checks, each automobile is DMV safety-approved and every member of the Northwest family is committed to providing excellent drivers ed and behind the wheel instruction.

At Northwest, you can expect to find outstanding classes, both on campus and behind the wheel, that are engaging, fact-filled, entertaining and geared toward success. We make no bones about it, we believe that Northwest provides the best driving lessons in Las Vegas, no matter your age or background. We are proud of the fact that 98% of our students pass their test on the first try. Call us at (702) 403-1592 to start your driving adventure with one of our expert instructors.

Written by:
Rich Heinrich
Master Instructor, Emeritus

Instructor and Office Administrator

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