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Learning to Drive Support Group « on: July 05, 2010, 11:11 AM »
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Ok I know this may seem sad but I think I need help.

I'm 23 years old, I have had a provisional drivers licence since I was 18 (purchased mainly for proof age) and I have been behind the wheel of a car about five times in my life.  Driving would be very benefical as I would be able to apply for jobs that are not on a public transport route, and would probably get there quicker even if they was.  I'm worried that the longer I leave it the less confidence I'll have.

I need the motivation to get off my arse and do it.  But I'm currently waiting on a cheque from the tax man to go towards some bulk lessons so once I bought them I can't go back.  Hopefully I should get in cheque in about 4-6 weeks.  In the meantime I'm working on the theory side.  I've got my highway code book and a DS driving theory game.  At the moment I'm not doing very well on the tests.  Theres 50 questions and you need to get 43 (I think) but I'm getting around 30-35 right.  Its so frustrating and kinda gets me down when I think perhaps I can't manage it.  Yet I know of girls out there who are ... lets say THICK!  And they can drive, I figure if they can do it surely I can!!
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Re: Learning to Drive Support Group « Reply #1 on: July 05, 2010, 11:24 AM »
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Also Mark, didn't you learn to drive via a computer thingy?  Have you driven much since because if I remember correctly you don't have car??
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Re: Learning to Drive Support Group « Reply #2 on: July 05, 2010, 11:38 AM »
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It may be best for you to do one of these guaranteed pass schemes. But it means laying out the money at the beginning. Probably something like £1200, if I remember correctly.
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Re: Learning to Drive Support Group « Reply #3 on: July 05, 2010, 11:39 AM »
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In regards to theory, I did use some DVLA interactive application, can't remember what it's called but it was very helpful.

And yes, I don't have a car but I do drive on rare occasions and when I do, it's usually for very long trips but as I only like to drive automatics, it's easy to start driving again after long periods of inactivity.
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Re: Learning to Drive Support Group « Reply #4 on: July 05, 2010, 11:42 AM »
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There's a good chance your local library will have a cd to practice with on their computers - if they have a computer section.
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Re: Learning to Drive Support Group « Reply #5 on: July 05, 2010, 11:43 AM »
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I was thinking of maybe trying to do a crash course thing but its the cost thats an issue.  The AA currently have an offer on where its £10.50 a lesson.  Gonna ring up later and see what the catch is lol
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Re: Learning to Drive Support Group « Reply #6 on: July 05, 2010, 11:44 AM »
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I used AA for lessons, my instructor was great.
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Re: Learning to Drive Support Group « Reply #7 on: July 05, 2010, 11:45 AM »
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Probably something like first five lessons only - and then £30 a lesson!
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Re: Learning to Drive Support Group « Reply #8 on: July 05, 2010, 11:45 AM »
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There's a good chance your local library will have a cd to practice with on their computers - if they have a computer section.

Well I've already got an electronical game thing.  It has the entire highway code on it too but the writing is so small I can't read it.

And yes, I don't have a car but I do drive on rare occasions and when I do, it's usually for very long trips but as I only like to drive automatics, it's easy to start driving again after long periods of inactivity.

Ahhh right.  I think if I passed I could possible drive my mums car until I can afford my own.  I am actually currently insured on it but I just never have the motivation to do it.
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Re: Learning to Drive Support Group « Reply #9 on: July 05, 2010, 11:46 AM »
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Probably something like first five lessons only - and then £30 a lesson!

Hmmmm maybe.  My friend used AA and I think she paid £25 a lesson.
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Re: Learning to Drive Support Group « Reply #10 on: July 05, 2010, 11:46 AM »
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You need the application that has interactive videos, that is an important part of the theory test and it's vital to get some practice.
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Re: Learning to Drive Support Group « Reply #11 on: July 05, 2010, 11:50 AM »
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Well I'm confident on that.  I did a theory test years ago right before they changed the regulations on it.  Thought I'd try and get it in before but I didn't really revise for it, everyone said its common sense.  I failed by 4 points on the questions bit but on the video bit I passed by miles AND was even disqualified on one coz I clicked too many times lol
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Re: Learning to Drive Support Group « Reply #12 on: July 05, 2010, 11:52 AM »
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The driving test is changing in October. You have to follow road signs rather than be told to take the 3rd exit etc etc.

And you have to do one manouvre (sp) and an extra 10 minutes of free driving instead of the current 2.
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Re: Learning to Drive Support Group « Reply #13 on: July 05, 2010, 12:00 PM »
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The driving test is changing in October. You have to follow road signs rather than be told to take the 3rd exit etc etc.

And you have to do one manouvre (sp) and an extra 10 minutes of free driving instead of the current 2.
Doesn't sound like a big deal.
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Re: Learning to Drive Support Group « Reply #14 on: July 05, 2010, 12:00 PM »
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Yeah I heard it was changing again but I didn't know what was changing.  Man, can't they just leave it alone.  I hope the price isn't going up.  Its bad enough the theory went from £20 to £28 last time!
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