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A waste of money to fail!!!!!
Driving Courses in general
Member Name: staceyrm2207
Driving Courses in general
Date: 28/07/10, updated on 21/08/10 (197 review reads)
Disadvantages: wasting so much money
I have always wanted to drive; I like the idea of having the freedom. The ability to just jump in a car and drive to any destination really appeals to me.
When I turned 17, my parents bought 10 hrs of driving lessons for me. As soon as I got in the instructors car and drove I knew I had to pass my test. Unfortunately after the 10 hrs and a few I paid for myself, I lost my job. I had passed my theory and couldn't afford more driving lessons, it was a total nightmare. Anyway, time went on and still no job so eventually my theory ran out without me actually getting to sit a driving test.
Last year (2009) I decided enough was enough; I had to learn to drive. This time I put in for my theory test, passed that and decided an intensive driving course was what I was going to do.
I trawled the net and came across a local driving school. Waiting for my 2 hr evaluation lesson I was a little nervous as I hadn't had a lesson 7 yrs. The instructor I had, didn't in the slightest help to ease my nerves. It was as if he didn't have a clue what he was doing. At the end of the lesson he decided the 18 hr intensive course would be plenty for me, so it was that one I went with.
I was to have 4 hrs a day Monday to Thursday then the two hrs left over would be on the Friday, and hour before my test and the hour of my actual test. For the 18 hrs & the practical test I paid £362 which is rather a lot of money, especially to fail.
The day of my first four hours I was really not impressed, when you think 'Intense Driving Course' the think 4 hrs straight driving.... Well that's what I thought, but no, I had 2 hrs, had to have an hour's break then had then had another two hours. I really did not see the sense in this, the test route's are 20/25 minutes away from my home, surely the time driving back to my home then back out to the test route's was knocking nearly an hour a day off the time I should have been using to get practise in?????
My lessons flew by so fast; I didn't feel ready for my test at all. The instructor I had was reading what to teach me from a folder, which threw my confidence right out of the window.
The day of my test arrived and if I'm honest I felt gutted before I even got to the test centre. I failed, but even though I knew I wasn't ready I was still so gutted. £362 down the drain.
I now have a new instructor, and have so much confidence when driving, I know I'm going to pass my next test, there's nothing standing in my way.
When I had my first lesson with my new instructor Brian he was quite shocked that I'd actually sat a test, but by the end of my first lesson he could already see a difference, I was now being taught properly.
Although there are some good driving Schools out there, I still wouldn't advise anyone to spend hundreds of pounds on an intensive driving course unless they are totally confident before starting the course.
And like my new instructor says, a good instructor wouldn't have the time to fit anyone in to do an intensive course!!!
Update to review, 20/08/2010, Finally passed my Practical Driving Test today. Third time lucky. Am so glad i listened to the advice i was given and never gave up :-)
Summary: unless you have a lot of confidence dont waste your money.
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