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    Advice Required Re Learning to Drive

    Hi guys, i'm wanting to learn how to drive, i've been putting it off for the last couple of years but now want to crack on and get my licence.I'm looking for advice from those of you who've already passed and what you think the best way to approach it.
    I'm like the idea of an intensive course, i've always been dubious as they usually offer a guaranteed pass, have any of you successfully completed an intense program, if so how was it?

    Any advice welcome

    Cheers

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    i was looking last night for my daughter and to get a guaranteed pass no limit to tests or lessons was an outrageous amount...i found 1 week courses you can split into two-i.e less hours a day-and i think we will go for that. If you have experience a week may be enough but for a novice i dont think its really worth it. My opinion..

    A friend who failed 4 times did a week's course and passed, myself i told my two daughters to take lessons with the local instructor and then everytime we needed to go somewhere local they drove. generally i think the word is practice! it has to become second nature but with the qualified training to enable the test to be passed.:)

    My Girls both passed first time!

    I learnt in the traditional 'one lesson per week' way but I'd imagine its easier to learn intensively, its about number of hours behind the wheel rather than the period of time you take the lessons over.

    Be prepared though, when you first start to learn its quite tiring because you're concentrating so hard. I wouldn't fancy doing a full day in a car now, let alone two or three as a learner

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    chrishill;3461986

    Be prepared though, when you first start to learn its quite tiring … Be prepared though, when you first start to learn its quite tiring because you're concentrating so hard. I wouldn't fancy doing a full day in a car now, let alone two or three as a learner




    What he says is true. You'd be absolutely knackered after a full day in a car as a learner.

    I took my test as a 17 year old in the middle of summer on a hot day in a car with no air conditioning. I think I sweated out my entire bodyweight due to nerves + heat.

    Still, I passed first time! :whistling:

    If you have the time, I'd do an intensive course. I found once a week wasn't enough for me to learn - I'd forget quite a lot. I did pass, but it took me 30 hours (30 weeks is a long time!). Good luck!

    I did it the lesson a week way and past 1st time, i think its all down to the person, you'll find out which way is better for you as everyone is different.

    the best thing is to just practice a lot. Yeah the intensive courses might be good, but a lot of people that do them are carp drivers becasue they are not used to most scenarios and when they have their license after a week they just assume they are good = downhill from there.

    When I learnt to drive I had 4 x 1 hour lessons per week (on different days). I found it really helped - little and often - highly recommend. I passed within the month.

    i did 3 hours a day for just oer a week and passed....you need to find a balance between confidence and learning, if you are a fast learner and already confident in control of a car then go for a short intense course, if you think you will need time to learn how to drive and build your confidence up then go for a a longer time span......also dont forget that to do an accellerated course you generally need to have passed your theory test already.....
    .....good luck though

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    get one of the dvds posted on here (about a fiver). Excellent start to rules of the road, awareness etc.

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    and put in for your test when YOU think you are up to it. Long waiting lists sometiems and most instructors will try to get as many lessons out of you as possible. I put in after 8 lessons (eventually had 14) and my instructor was fuming. Still passed though (17 years and 4 weeks old)

    Original Poster

    Thanks for all the advice, i'm thinking i'll take a few lessons get the basics down, go out with family etc to get more hours behind the wheel and maybe still do a weeks intensive to finish off and hopefully pass.
    Though if anyone out there did an intensive course from scratch and could tell me their experiences then it'd be appreciated.

    Thanks

    Wooderson;3462485

    Thanks for all the advice, i'm thinking i'll take a few lessons get the … Thanks for all the advice, i'm thinking i'll take a few lessons get the basics down, go out with family etc to get more hours behind the wheel and maybe still do a weeks intensive to finish off and hopefully pass.Though if anyone out there did an intensive course from scratch and could tell me their experiences then it'd be appreciated.Thanks




    Beware, if you do a weeks intensive training, at the end of it, if the Driving School do not think that you are safe, they will not allow you to use their car for the test.

    Many omit to tell you that.:whistling:
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