The car driving lessons package driving license B consists of car driving lessons and the practical exam. We give practical car lessons in large parts of South Holland, Utrecht and North Holland. You must be at least 16.5 years old for car driving lessons. On average, 43 hours of lessons are required to obtain the car driving license, or driver's B license. We recommend that you also take an intermediate test (trial exam). With an intermediate test, your chance of passing the driving test in one go increases to 57%.
Car Driving Lessons
You will receive private driving lessons from an experienced instructor. You will be picked up at home and returned there as well. In your practical car lessons, you will go for a stretch of driving at your level at the time. Meanwhile, you will continuously learn from the driving instructor. In the beginning you will learn to know the car and shift gears, later it is more about watching and participating safely in traffic.
A class hour really does last an hour with us. We recommend classes in blocks of two, three or four hours. In a longer lesson, you can practice more different traffic situations. Taking several practice car lessons per week is also possible. In any case, drive regularly so that learning does not have a chance to sink in.
Pass your driving test in one go
We aim for you to pass immediately on your first driving test. Succeeding at once has many advantages:
- it's cheaper on balance because it saves you the cost of additional exams
- you'll have your license sooner. The CBR has waiting periods for practical exams. You then have those only once instead of several times.
In general, it's better to take too many driving lessons than too few. You thereby increase your success rate on the driving test. An exam is exciting, so many people drive worse than in class. It helps then if you have some reserve in your driving skills.
Average number of driving lessons
The independent driving test institute CBR has calculated that it takes an average of 43 hours of lessons to pass the driving test. This is a national average. Of course, how many hours of lessons are needed to get driver's license B varies from person to person. Whether you will be below or above average is difficult to determine in advance. Of course, it will go faster if you take driving lessons only when you have the mental space to learn many new things. Learning to drive is intensive: you learn a whole new set of skills. All the while, your education or work also requires a lot of attention. To better estimate the number of lessons needed, it's best to take a trial car lesson. Then the instructor will estimate which car driving lesson package (for driving license B) best suits you. The trial lesson is also your first driving lesson.
Interim test (trial exam)
We recommend taking an intermediate test if you have never taken an exam before. An intermediate test is a trial exam at the CBR, where everything is the same as a real practical exam. It is most effective if you do it at about three-quarters of your driving course. Benefits of an interim test:
- 15% greater success rate on the real exam. The pass rate goes from 43% without, to 57% with intermediate test. So writes the CBR, which administers the exams.
- if maneuvers such as ramp test, reverse turn and file parking ("special operations") go well, you don't have to do them on your real exam.
- you learn a lot: you hear from the examiner what is already going well, and what you can still improve on
- you are less nervous on the exam because you already know how everything goes
About half of students take an intermediate test, and as many as 60% of 17-year-olds. For more information on the interim test, see CBR.
Advice from the driving instructor
A driving instructor can give good advice:
- How many car driving lessons (and thus what driver's license B package) you are likely to need (in a trial lesson)
- whether you would benefit from a lesson on the driving simulator, on which you can practice a difficult part in detail
- Whether it makes sense to take a class with a different instructor sometime
- whether you are ready to take the exam, or whether it would be wise to book some extra lessons
If you're not ready to drive off anyway
If you are almost due for your driving test, but still don't feel quite ready, it is possible to turn the exam into an intermediate test. This can be done up to a day in advance. It is also possible if you have taken the test before. After that, you can take some additional driving lessons. This will increase your chances of getting your driver's license in one sitting.
Car driving lessons: don't underestimate it
Learning to drive a car is not something you do momentarily. It doesn't help if parents or friends think you should be able to make it quickly. Those social pressures actually slow down the learning process. People who have had their driver's license for a bit longer often do not realize that it is now much more difficult to pass your driving test:
- driving license requirements are higher than before: you have to be able to do much more
- In addition to driving safely, you must also be environmentally conscious and able to drive with navigation
- traffic has become much busier
- cyclists have the right of way more often than before, so you have to pay attention to that too
- other road users have become more impatient
So the average number of driving lessons needed is also much higher now than it used to be. So the car lesson packages are also larger. By the way, the theory exam has also become tougher.
You will drive a regular shift-learning car from Alblas, a Volkswagen Polo. If you are still unsure about a regular driver's license or an automatic license, take a test lesson in a switch car. Then the driving instructor can give you a recommendation.
When can you get your driver's license?
You can start driving lessons from age 16 and a half. From the age of 17, you may take practical exams. Until you turn 18, you must drive with regular companions (2todrive). You may drive independently from the age of 18, even if you have only just gotten your driver's license then.
Can you take car driving lessons without a theory?
Yes, you may. We recommend starting with a few practical car lessons, and then starting with your theory. You have then driven a car a few times, which makes the traffic rules more alive. But you do it at the beginning of your driving lessons so that the driving lessons are as effective as possible. You then don't have to think about the rules, and you can focus on the driving itself. You must have your theory to take practical exams. The theory certificate remains valid for a year and a half. Increase your chances of passing your theory quickly with our theory course for driver's license B. The sooner the driver's license is in your pocket, the better!
Starting car driving lessons right away
We have no waiting list, so you can start your practical car lessons right away. Due to busyness at the CBR, it can take several months before you are allowed to take your driving test. At Alblas, we plan it so that that won't pinch. If you are in a hurry, consider a crash course in car.
What we need from you
To get it done quickly, we need from you:
Also, we would like to know:
- whether you have already passed or scheduled your theory (and if so, on what date)
- When you are available for driving lessons
- How often you would like to take classes per week, and for how long
You can indicate this at checkout, under "Comments.
Where and when
Date and time: Monday through Saturday, including evenings; we will call you for consultation Place: South Holland, Utrecht, North Holland; see also the overview of all places where we give car driving lessons. You will drive off in Utrecht, Amsterdam, Haarlem, Eemnes, Gouda or Leiden.