The best time for driving lessons depends on what stage you’re at in the learning process and whether you have other commitments to work around. If taking lessons from a driving instructor, you may also find that you’ll need to fit lessons around the instructor’s schedule. In this instance and particularly if you’re just starting out learning to drive, it’s often beneficial to book a few lessons in advance as you’ll be able to pick which times suit you.
Best Time for New Learners
If you’re starting out learning to drive, have little experience or if it’s your first driving lesson, the best time to take a driving lesson is when the roads are at their quietest. This may vary a little depending on where you live, but for weekday lessons, ideally aim for late morning or mid-afternoon (around 2 pm). You’ll avoid the early morning rush hour, lunchtime traffic and evening rush hour.
Weekends usually provide quieter roads, particularly Sunday being the best time for a driving lesson. Evenings is also a good time in the summer, but if you’re a novice driver, try to avoid taking lesson in the dark as this can make judging distances more difficult. If possible, choose a quiet location such as a residential estate.
Best Time for Experienced Learners
Once you start to gain confidence with your ability, you’ll need to gain more experience at different times of day. During rush hour you’ll experience greater traffic density along with the odd impatient driver to deal with. This can be stressful but it’s an important part of the learning process.
Though driving tests don’t take place during the hours of darkness, try to take a few lessons in the dark simply to gain experience for the future (though this may not be possible in the summer months).