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Learning to Drive: Top tips.
Learning to Drive
Member Name: stuntpilotx
Learning to Drive
Advantages: Learning to drive is great for freedom.
Disadvantages: Expensive but worth it!
I learned to drive almost three years ago now, and I definitely don't regret it. Here are my top tips for learning to drive, and how to survive driving lessons! So you've got your provisional license sorted, lets go for the rest!
1. Save up first.
I'd suggest saving up for your first 10 driving lessons in advance. Driving lessons vary in price hugely from £18-£25 per hour, it's worth doing some comparisons of prices before you start. It's a costly venture so it's handy to have some money put by specifically before you even begin.
2. Find an instructor.
A good way to do this is ask around, friends and relatives will all know somebody who knows somebody who learned to drive. Word of mouth is the best way to find out whether an instructor or driving school is good so ask around.
3. Book some lessons.
Your first lesson will always be a bit scary and it'll be a while until you get the hang of driving. Don't be put off if you have a bad first few lessons. Perseverance is the key. Be wary of booking lots of lessons in advance, as you may not need them. They say you need an average of fifty hours of lessons, however I only had twenty four, but this is dependent upon whether you have a family member who can take you driving too.
If you have a family member with the patience of a saint then ask them to take you out driving to practice! However, if you don't have anybody that's patient and a good teacher, stick to your instructor or you'll have conflicting advice and it'll end up taking you longer, or may even put you off driving for good.
5. Book your test for early in the morning.
I took my test at 9.10 and this was the perfect time. Not only do you miss the morning rush hour, but the roads are pretty quiet and settled giving you plenty of time to concentrate. Yes, you'll have to get up extra early for the lesson beforehand, but it is worthwhile taking an earlier test as it gives you less time to panic.
Those are my tips for learning to drive, there's probably much more advice that can be found however from people who have learned to drive recently, especially price-wise etc, so look around!
Summary: My top tips.