When it is time to start to practice driving, you have to decide whether you want to do it privately or at a traffic school. For the vast majority, the best and most effective way is to combine a lot of private practice driving with lessons at a traffic school.
Set out a strategy
Before you start to practice driving, you should set out a clear strategy and have clearly formulated goals. Decide when you want to get your driver's licence, how you are going to succeed, how much you can and want to practice driving privately and at a traffic school as well as how much everything can cost.
With a strategy and a clear goal, it is easier to stay motivated and your chances of getting your driver's licence increase!
Avoid learning incorrectly
If you have the chance, you should take some driving lessons at a traffic school early in your driving education. Preferably as soon as you can manoeuvre the car without stalling the engine.
By taking a few lessons early, you will learn the most important basics correctly and reduce the risk of learning incorrectly from the start.
How many hours of practice driving are required?
To increase the chances of passing the driving test you should start to practice driving early – both privately and at a traffic school – and distribute your driving lessons evenly throughout your entire educational period.
On average, those who pass the driving test have practiced driving for more than 70 hours (13 hours at a traffic school and 60 hours privately). On average, those who pass the driving test after only practicing privately spend 3.5 times as much time on practicing as those who have only practiced at a traffic school.
Keep in mind that the most important thing is not how much you practice, but in what way you practice. It is not always those who have had the most practice who perform the best on the practical driving test.
All traffic schools are obligated to follow Transportstyrelsen's curriculum. The curriculum states the direction and objectives of the B class driver education. If you are going to practice driving privately a lot, both you and your instructor should read the curriculum and base your education on it. Unfortunately, the curriculum is only available in Swedish.
Read the curriculum
The instructor is considered the driver
During all practice driving, the instructor is considered the driver. This means that the instructor is responsible for everything the student does. Car insurance therefore applies in the same way as when someone who has a driver's licence drives the car.
Practice driving sign
Find an approved educator (in "Tillståndstyp", choose "Riskutbildare - B1 (Personbil teori)"; and "Riskutbildare - B2 (Personbil praktik)")