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I have some questions for you guys.. How long did it take you to learn how to drive? (how many lessons) How much did you pay? What was the hardest part both practical and theory? What would you… Read More
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2y, 5m agoPosted 2 years, 5 months ago
I have some questions for you guys..

How long did it take you to learn how to drive? (how many lessons)
How much did you pay?
What was the hardest part both practical and theory?
What would you recommend studying the most for; practical and theory?
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2y, 5m agoPosted 2 years, 5 months ago
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#1
The theory test is a bit of a joke I thought, yet so many people fail it. You cannpass it with 1 hour of revision. I'd definitely concentrate more on the practical test.
#2
The hazard part is quite annoying as I always click when I see the hazard but get a low score, however it's easy to pass. I passed 6 years ago and it took me 22 lessons to pass and passed first time with 7 minors. Theory test is easy enough to pass as its mostly common sense and learn a few road signs. I used to pay £17 a lesson back in those days which was affordable as I used to receive EMA while I was at college at the age of 17.
#3
I've just passed my practical test today, the one thing that worried me the most was the silly 20mph speed limits popping up everywhere. It cost me around £500 all in (400 for 20 lessons around 100 for both tests).

It is well worth buying the DVD for the theory test, around £6
#4
driving instructor told me rough rule of thumb is one lesson per year of your life I e 18 is 18 lessons. He was spot on with me
#5
jools19
I've just passed my practical test today, the one thing that worried me the most was the silly 20mph speed limits popping up everywhere. It cost me around £500 all in (400 for 20 lessons around 100 for both tests).

It is well worth buying the DVD for the theory test, around £6

What dvd are you talking about? :)
#6
I'm an ex driving instructor. their is no way to answer how long does it take to learn how to drive. it could be 15 up to 50 lessons. It all depends on the individual, confidence plays a big part. again its an individual thing on which is easier, some pupils find the theory easy and driving hard and vice-versa. on studying though study for your theory test first then driving test.. a big tip I can give any new learner is to learn the turn in the road early in your driving, say third lesson. practice on different types of quiet road to learn different cambers in the road. you do not have to get to test standard but it will teach you good clutch control, steering, observations and some confidence.. how much per lesson depends on where you live, the more driving schools the cheaper can be, i think the national avg is around £20-£22 per hour. try an instructor recommended by family and friends, good luck on your lessons/tests.
#7
It took me 7 months to learn, averaging one lesson a week. I had a couple of months wait before there was a slot for me to take my test hence the lil extra time it took me to pass. My lessons were £24 each but i know there many much cheaper but my instructor was recommended to us. I managed to pass with 2 silly minor faults early on which were due to nerves but I was ok once I calmed down and realised my tester wasn't the devil in disguise.

The theory test was easy and it helps if you get some hazard perception practice in beforehand so you know what kind of dangers to expect. For me the pressure I put on myself before my test day was the hardest part, don't tell many people you are going for your test near the date as that will give you added pressure.
banned#8
Took me 14 lessons to learn before I passed (1st time), cost about £14 per lesson from a recommended instructor.

Mainly talking about the practical part here ok.

I think its best to book lessons on consecutive days for about 3 weeks instead of once a week for a few months, that way, you don't forget what you learnt on the previous lesson because it was only yesterday.

If you can book lessons at different times of the day that helps, definitely in the evenings when its dark, and weekends when its busy etc so you build your confidence up really quickly if you do it daily. I saved up a few hundred from my summer job first and got a block booking discount.

I found the theory test easy because I didn't put any pressure on myself to pass First time, so had no nerves.

Don't pressure yourself with the exam, just take each lesson as they come, you'll be fine!!

Edited By: creativelady on Jan 09, 2015 22:18
#9
ether707
jools19
I've just passed my practical test today, the one thing that worried me the most was the silly 20mph speed limits popping up everywhere. It cost me around £500 all in (400 for 20 lessons around 100 for both tests).

It is well worth buying the DVD for the theory test, around £6

What dvd are you talking about? :)
driving test success DVD, it's got some good features, you can go over stuff that you keep failing, a few hazard perception videos as well as signs etc
#10
Also if you can, book 2 hour lessons, 1 hour isn't a lot of time to get into it.
#11
jools19
Also if you can, book 2 hour lessons, 1 hour isn't a lot of time to get into it.

How many lessons should I actually book in blocks though? I want to learn as quickly as possible.
#12
How long did it take you to learn how to drive? (how many lessons) First few hours with parents then I booked 4 blocks of 10 lessons one after the other, so 40 hours. With a few hours with parent amongst the proper lessons. Although I could have easily passed looking back on it with just the proper lessons, so don't worry if you can't go out with someone else.

How much did you pay? Didn't pass that many years ago, but I got my lessons cheap because my parents knew the instructor, was about £15 an hour, so only £150 for each 10 hour block, so £600 in total. Going rate is more like £25 an hour now in my area.

What was the hardest part both practical and theory? Theory was incredibly easy, but that was after going through the whole highway code and looking through a few theory books and online hazard perception test. I only got one question wrong and that was to do with double red lines and I did ok on the hazard perception.

What would you recommend studying the most for practical and theory? I didn't study for the practical, don't really know how you would do. During the first block of 10 lesson the instructor would pull over and show me pictures of what we would be doing etc, so maybe 50 min driving 10 min 'studying' during a lesson.

Make sure you pass your theory way before considering taking your driving test. It just makes it so much easier knowing the highway code etc.

My only downfall was when coming to a roundabout, I would just get to it at the right speed and gear etc and then just kind of think "oh my god, there are so many cars!!", but when you know what lane and what position you should be in for each exit it all works out just fine. I thought I was going to do terribly and I kind of put it off a few years, but I loved learning, loved passing first time and love driving.
#13
ether707
jools19
Also if you can, book 2 hour lessons, 1 hour isn't a lot of time to get into it.

How many lessons should I actually book in blocks though? I want to learn as quickly as possible.
I'm not sure about this but I think it's usually in blocks of 10, my last 2 lessons I used on test day, 1 hour before & 1 hour for the test, I did it this way because I just wanted to get it done, not drag it out over to long, its easy to just stop taking lessons for a while & loose some of what you have learnt. I did this when I was younger and never carried on, it was a total waste of money.
#14
ether707
jools19
Also if you can, book 2 hour lessons, 1 hour isn't a lot of time to get into it.

How many lessons should I actually book in blocks though? I want to learn as quickly as possible.
Depends how much the discount if for bulk buying hours. I don't think many people pass in much under 20, so that would be a safe bet. Very slim chance of passing in 10 hours and you may well be able to pass in under 30.
#15
jools19
I've just passed my practical test today, the one thing that worried me the most was the silly 20mph speed limits popping up everywhere. It cost me around £500 all in (400 for 20 lessons around 100 for both tests).
It is well worth buying the DVD for the theory test, around £6

Congrats jools, enjoy your new freedom :)
#17
quine
driving instructor told me rough rule of thumb is one lesson per year of your life I e 18 is 18 lessons. He was spot on with me


My mate is going to have 36 lessons then. Think i better break the bad news
#18
#19
https://www.gov.uk/practise-your-driving-theory-test
this will give you a little taster for the theory side
#20
Theory exam questions, get this:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Official-Theory-Test-Drivers-Book/dp/0115532315/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420889547&sr=8-1&keywords=dvla
Hazard Perception Practise , get this
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Driving-Test-Success-Tests-2014/dp/1843265931/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1420889547&sr=8-4&keywords=dvla

Practical Test - get an instructor who communicates well, that you like and is reliable.

Don't beat yourself up over how long or how many lessons it takes you to pass, there's quite a few people above who have gone through quickly, but many people take over a year to pass. Final tip, take the test when the instructor says you are ready, not when you feel ready. My mate, who has been ADI for years, says this is a particular problem for over confident teen boys!
#21
there are quick driving courses as well... all in one week. why don't you have a look at them if want to do it quick
#23

I posted those deals lol.
banned#24
MIDURIX

whoops yes
#25
7 lessons, £10 each. Passed age 17 and 3 weeks. This was 1991 though, prices may have increased.
#26
craigstephens
7 lessons, £10 each. Passed age 17 and 3 weeks. This was 1991 though, prices may have increased.

LOL. Prices MAY have increased!

You do realise this was over 2 decades ago !
#27
lianne21
craigstephens
7 lessons, £10 each. Passed age 17 and 3 weeks. This was 1991 though, prices may have increased.

LOL. Prices MAY have increased!

You do realise this was over 2 decades ago !
Sorry, I should have put (sarcasm) at the end of the sentence.
#28
ether707
jools19
I've just passed my practical test today, the one thing that worried me the most was the silly 20mph speed limits popping up everywhere. It cost me around £500 all in (400 for 20 lessons around 100 for both tests).
It is well worth buying the DVD for the theory test, around £6
What dvd are you talking about? :)
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2014-DSA-DRIVING-THEORY-TEST-QUESTIONS-ANSWERS-HAZARD-PERCEPTION-PC-DVDROM/381105021485?_trksid=p2047675.c100012.m1985&_trkparms=aid%3D444000%26algo%3DSOI.DEFAULT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140221143856%26meid%3D3723a54346164482a26946604f98c922%26pid%3D100012%26prg%3D20140221143856%26rk%3D4%26rkt%3D10%26sd%3D381036874171

Edited By: jools19 on Jan 10, 2015 14:40: Link
#29
This dvd is silly. The video clips are such low quality and don't even get me started on the accents.

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