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The best thing I've ever done
Learning to Drive
Member Name: lucy1989
Learning to Drive
Advantages: The freedom!
Disadvantages: The cost and stress!
Learning to drive has been one of the best things and the most stressful things I've ever done in my life but I'm so pleased I have that freedom now.
In the UK you have to be 17 to obtain a provisional licence. I believe you can send off two months before your 17th birthday in order to receive it in time. The next step is finding an appropriate driving instructor or school; this is where I went wrong.
I had my first lesson on my 17th birthday with a private instructor, I chose him after seeing him driving about. Why I chose him? The brand new Mini... my dream car.
The advice I should have taken is to find a recommended instructor, the one all your friends have had or people from college/work rave about.
On your first lesson the instructor should ask to see your provisional licence, both parts.
I started off ok, managed to pick it up quickly with the minimal stalling but didn't seem to be getting anywhere (no pun intended). All the lessons where the same, mooching about with no real teaching and then 5 months later my theory hadn't even been booked so I booked it myself. My mum went mad saying what are we paying this man for, but he did lend me some PC games and books based on the questions. When I took my theory it was the old style one with 35 questions and a hazard perception test.
I passed first time luckily. Four months later I enquired whether Mark thought I should book a test. He said not really but I'd been driving for 9 months now and people who had started learning after me passed months ago so I asked again and he said book it if you want. So I did. 8th September 2006. I failed and was absolutely gutted. I cried all the way home.
The examiner was lovely but couldn't pass me when I'd hit the kerb reversing round it, one of the four manoeuvres you are expected to be able to do. May I add the instructor only tried teaching me the manoeuvre a week and a half before my test. I also got a minor for not knowing a question I was asked about the car. At the start of the test you will be asked two questions about the maintenance of the car including knowing how to check the tread, the oil and water. If you get these wrong you will incur a minor.
That was it, I was furious with myself and Mark's poor teaching so I went with the instructor who taught my brother. We agreed we'd book a test for a month's time and I passed with only one minor. You can have up to 16 before you fail.
My tips for learning to drive are find a good, friendly instructor you feel confident with.
Concentrate as much as you can, don't go out drinking or having late nights before an early lesson.
Lastly concentrate on your own driving not how other people are progressing. Good luck.
Summary: Well worth it