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bargaincrazy09 Avatar
6y, 5m agoPosted 6 years, 5 months ago
Ok so I am starting my driving lessons next week, and I was wondering if anyone had any advice/tips. Never done any before and am a bit nervous.
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6y, 5m agoPosted 6 years, 5 months ago
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#1
Don't go to the pub before your lesson to steady your nerves.
#2
nothin to be worried about.

Just be relaxed and make sure you follow instructions exactly and you will be fine.

I found my lessons really fun; my instructor was great. He was quick too! I took on quite decent sized (not mini) roundabouts in my first lesson!
#3
You will be fine. You will be enjoying it after about 10 minutes!
#4
Sometime's when you finish a lesson you will think Yea, that was really Good! then other times you will think that was really ****. Hey, as long as you get there in the end, My eldest took her test 8 times:w00t: I think I would have given up! But give her credit, she stuck at it and passed!
#5
i really enjoyed doing my lessons, my partner gave me lessons before i started proper ones which saved alot of money, i dont know if its the same for many but i only wore a certain pair or shoes to my lessons in and then when i passed i found it hard to drive in any other shoes lol it took me nearly a year to get use to driving in other shoes, so id say wear different shoes all the time.
#6
intergeri
Don't go to the pub before your lesson to steady your nerves.


Damn thats that idea out of the window lol.

amzmalhotra
nothin to be worried about.

Just be relaxed and make sure you follow instructions exactly and you will be fine.

I found my lessons really fun; my instructor was great. He was quick too! I took on quite decent sized (not mini) roundabouts in my first lesson!


Im still deciding who to go with, theres so many in my area, and all the reviews seem to be good. They are all quite competitive too.

thearbiter65
You will be fine. You will be enjoying it after about 10 minutes!


Thanks I hope so, probably just really nervous cause its the first lesson.

adp
Sometime's when you finish a lesson you will think Yea, that was really Good! then other times you will think that was really ****. Hey, as long as you get there in the end, My eldest took her test 8 times:w00t: I think I would have given up! But give her credit, she stuck at it and passed!


Thanks, I hope im happy with all the lessons lol. Wow 8 attempts? That must have been quite a knock to her confidence. I hope to pass first time, if not hopefully not need to many attempts after.

pink-ka
i really enjoyed doing my lessons, my partner gave me lessons before i started proper ones which saved alot of money, i dont know if its the same for many but i only wore a certain pair or shoes to my lessons in and then when i passed i found it hard to drive in any other shoes lol it took me nearly a year to get use to driving in other shoes, so id say wear different shoes all the time.


Yeah my dad & uncle are going to give me lessons, they aren't professionals but it will hopefully help me out along the way.
1 Like #7
Get a copy of the Highway Code (most boring book ever invented lol) and have a look at http://www.smartlearners.co.uk/ - it's a fantastic website run by a guy who is very well-known and respected in instructor circles - and it's fun to use too :-) There's loads of info on there - as well as hints and tips for the people supervising you in between lessons.

Also get a copy of Driving the Essential Skills by DSA - it's the book all the theory questions are taken from :-)

Enjoy your lessons, have fun but make sure your instructor is 1) fully qualified - look for a green badge in front window of car with expiry date and regn no, 2) not wasting time having ciggie breaks, popping to the shop etc during your lesson, 3) giving you a full hour lesson each time, 4) not messing you about when booking/rearranging lessons. Most instructors are very professional but as with all things there are some idiots out there :-(.
#8
PS if you're not happy with your instructor, don't be scared to say so ! Any instructor worth paying will be more than happy for you to question what is going on - it's your money :-) !!
#9
Understand that you won't pick stuff up straight away and that no matter how bad you are the driving instructor will have likely taught far worse.
#10
vraptorchick
PS if you're not happy with your instructor, don't be scared to say so ! Any instructor worth paying will be more than happy for you to question what is going on - it's your money :-) !!


Wow massive rep on the way, that website is amazing, thanks.

Ungreat
Understand that you won't pick stuff up straight away and that no matter how bad you are the driving instructor will have likely taught far worse.


Yeah im normally a fast learner so hope to pick things up easily, although its a new subject I dont expect to be amazing at it from the off, but hope to gradually get there.

So I understand that everyone is different but what would you say the average amount of lessons would be ? I am taking one a week and hope to have passed by Febuary next year, so that would be like 35 lessons.

Also how many lessons in is it reccomended that you take you're theory test ? Or does it just go by how you are doing in you're lessons ?
#11
I took 24 lessons.

Average was about 25 among my friends.
Although one guy had lots of driving time with his parents too and so passed after just 8 lessons!
#12
DSA recommend a minimum of 40 hours plus private practice and this is usually about right - tho does depend on your ability :-) ! If you're aiming for Feb that's about right - and you can always do some extra practice in the last couple of weeks if you need it. Make sure your instructor does some mock tests with you as well, then you'll have a really good idea of how it will be on the day.

Glad the website is appreciated :-) !

You can do all the theory revision yourself using the books and a couple of cd/dvd's - practice the hazard perception test, read the books then try some mock theory tests and book it yourself as soon as you feel ready. You need all the information for when you are on the road, so ideally take it as soon as possible - it's valid for 2 years so should be plenty :-) !

Good luck :-) !

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