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Learning To Drive - How Long Did It Take You?  
User currently offlineJetset763 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7232 times:

Hi I'm learning how to drive - had 3 hours so far and I'm totally useless. I know nothing about cars and the clutch and manual transmission is doing my head it - I just can't see me getting used to it.

How long (and how many lessons) did it take you to learn how to drive and am I the only one having problems with the clutch?

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User currently offlineDrP From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 280 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7224 times:

Think I had 14 lessons with my strange instructor, failed my first test (wasn't my fault though, honest!) but passed second time. All in all, took about 5 months or so.

What car are you learning to drive in? Mine was a Fiesta and was the easiest car i've ever driven  Smile



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User currently offlineWhiteHatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7224 times:

12 lessons and 3 months because I had to wait for my test. Passed first time.

The dinosaur I rode for the test became extinct shortly afterwards.  old 


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 62
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7210 times:

No time at all. I took to driving like a fish to water, but then I had a '73 Olds Cutlass station wagon for my practice car, compliments of my high school, complete with air conditioning, automatic transmission, power steering and power brakes.

I've watched a few friends in the UK learn to drive, and they really do make learning far too difficult the first time out. Much luck!



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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7210 times:

I actually learned to drive a tractor on my Uncle's farm first (well what did you expect coming rom the West country  Wink )

Then when i turned 17 I had about 12 lessons or so and took my test three months after my birthday and passed first time.

Quoting WhiteHatter (Reply 2):
The dinosaur I rode for the test became extinct shortly afterwards.

Did you find the clutch heavy on that Daimler Steamwagon then ? Big grin



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User currently offlineAtco2b From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 1114 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7210 times:

In total, i had 51 hours! This included my Passplus tuition after i passed my test  Wink

I was with an instructor who didnt push me. She only wanted the bloody money i think. After 30 hours with her, i swapped, and after 4 hours with the new bloke, said i could take my test! Passed first time, two minors.

For the latter part of my lessons and Passplus, i was in a 1.2 Vauxhall Corsa sxi. Great car.



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User currently offlineTS-IOR From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3492 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7210 times:

Six months to have the driving licence for cars and 4 months to have that for heavy trailed trucks. For both licences, i attended 4 times the exam.

User currently offlineRodge From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 189 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7193 times:

I had 24 hours of lessons over 5 months and passed first time in a Ford Fiesta.

I would strongly recommend the Passplus course as this knocked around £300.00 of my first insurance premium and it only cost £100.00 for the course.

Regards,
David



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User currently offlineSean377 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1225 posts, RR: 40
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7189 times:

Quoting Jetset763 (Thread starter):
and am I the only one having problems with the clutch?

Don't worry, it will come. Anyone that says they didn't have trouble with the clutch in their first few lessons is a liar  Silly



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User currently offlineLeigh pilgrim From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7181 times:

Quoting Jetset763 (Thread starter):

Dont worry, it took me ages, I hated driving and still do a little, but you will get there, if I can do it anyone can, however I wont tell you how many goes it took, quite a few.............

Good luck, keep going


User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7176 times:

Back when I went to a US public high school, driver education and driver training was part of the curriculum. I think we had two months of classroom time, and six weeks of twice a week behind the wheel driving.

Where I really learned, however, was spending two weeks with my grandfather in the summer after getting my learner's permit. He let drive everywhere for two striaght weeks. And didn't micro-instruct like my Dad.


User currently offlineJush From Germany, joined Apr 2005, 1636 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7169 times:

Try learning it in Germany. Dudes it's ridiculously strict.
I had 19 hours which is not much compared the standard in my area which is around 26.

Regds
jush



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User currently offlineMD11junkie From Argentina, joined May 2005, 3149 posts, RR: 57
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7161 times:

2 days, with my dad side by side. I was using his 1995 Chevrolet Vectra GSi. I got all the basics, and then started practicing and polishing.  Smile

Cheers! wave 
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User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3582 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7154 times:

Learning stick takes time. Expect to stall and even grind a gear once or twice. It's no wonder learning manual is usually like $200-300 more than automatic. They have to replace the clutches every week!

But when you, you will love driving stick as long as you don't do lots of stop and go driving!!



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User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8508 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7150 times:

About 30 minutes.

Later, it took about 2 hours before I was really comfortable and confident with a stick.


User currently offlineEGTESkyGod From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1712 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7150 times:
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I had about 12 lessons before I was ready to test. In July 2003, we rang to book the test, the first date they had was October 3rd 2003.

So in all, I ended up taking about 27 lessons before my test (which I passed first time despite doing a wheelspin, for which I only got a minor for clutch control!! LOL!) then the 6 hours of Pass-Plus afterwards.



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User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7148 times:

Had driver training in high school. I'd say just over 2 hours at the wheel.

Did my "365" (permit to drive with a fully licensed passenger) on my 16th birthday. did the final test shortly thereafter.

Had a few more with my dad. That was good training. He made me put the car into spins on snow and ice and showed me how to recover.

Around here, people need more winter driving practice.




Quoting Jush (Reply 11):
Try learning it in Germany. Dudes it's ridiculously strict

Ya, my dad has told me how difficult it is. I would say that it is for the best.



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User currently offlineSunshine79 From UK - England, joined Jan 2006, 1760 posts, RR: 30
Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7144 times:

I first learnt to drive when I was 17, and it took me around 6-7 months (average one lesson per week) but I went round the corner of the test centre at 30mph, not surprisingly I failed.

I left it a few years then I started again, only it took 6 attempts to pass my theory again this time. I passed my test with flying colours. I think this tok me 6 months too, only because of me keep failing my theory. No wonder the roads of Sunderland are bad nowadays  Silly



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User currently offlineAirEuropeUK733 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 978 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7138 times:

I had about 20 lessons in the space of 4 months - passed first time.

Quoting Jetset763 (Thread starter):
How long (and how many lessons) did it take you to learn how to drive and am I the only one having problems with the clutch?

Don't worry about the clutch and the like - it will all come with time.

AE733



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User currently offlineCosec59 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7138 times:

10 one hour lessons at £3.00 per hour and the test was £3.30

User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 20, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7135 times:

4 months at 2 hours tuition a week (minus 2 weeks for christmas and new year, and a week for my instructor to go on holiday). Failed first time (2 weeks and 1 day ago!), and took two more lessons of 2 hours each, passing second time.

Never took Pass Plus  Smile



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User currently offlineEGTESkyGod From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1712 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7128 times:
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Quoting Cosec59 (Reply 19):
10 one hour lessons at £3.00 per hour and the test was £3.30

Grrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!! £16 an hour and about £60 for the test!



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User currently offlineJush From Germany, joined Apr 2005, 1636 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7123 times:

30€ a driving hour. motorway hour 45€ test 110€ theory 50€ or so.
Overall cost 1100€

Regds
jush



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User currently offlineCosec59 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7120 times:

Quoting EGTESkyGod (Reply 21):
Grrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!! £16 an hour and about £60 for the test!

Yeah, but you didn't have to put up with the man with the red flag walking infront of the car did you  Wink


User currently offlineEGTESkyGod From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1712 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7120 times:
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Quoting Cosec59 (Reply 23):
Yeah, but you didn't have to put up with the man with the red flag walking infront of the car did you

No, just the man in a car with red and blue flashing lights!!  laughing 



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25 Post contains images PositiveClimb : As Jush already said, getting the licence is rather strict here in Germany. I made my driver's licence in 1997. IIRC, it took me slightly less than 20
26 Pope : I think that there is a bit of a culture divide here that isn't apparent to Americans. I saw a program on the Discovery channel a while back about get
27 Acho : In order to get my permit, I had to stand in line, fill in a theoretical test, take an eye exam and pay $50 pesos, (5 usd). Its normally 100 pesos but
28 EGTESkyGod : Having said that, the test centre in Newton Abbot was centre of a scandal, (IIRC examiners were passing or failing people to keep the stats right or
29 Dc10s4ever : Not long at all. My drivers ed teacher Mr. Wigger was the coolest. He would take us all to Mc Donalds or Burger King, take us out on the highway and t
30 CaptainJon : on my first lesson, after one hour of behind the wheel training i was already on the motorway and he had me going 120+ km/h on a 90!
31 CanadianNorth : About a year to get the 50 hours required by the GDL, and then about 3 months in drivers ed (about a month of classes once a week, then 10 1-hour in c
32 HAWK21M : Quite fast actually.Started off well after the 3rd lesson. regds MEL
33 Post contains images Atco2b : £18/hr for me, and £45.50 for the practical test. Theory exam was £20ish. I'd think that by the time i actually get a car (around 5 weeks ) my par
34 Post contains images Pe@rson : I had 1 lesson per week over about 6 months - so about 24 lessons. I passed first time. I don't find driving at all difficult.
35 Post contains images DrDeke : That is a VERY good idea. Hardly anyone my age that I know has the slightest idea of what to do with a car once you get outside its envelope. They ha
36 Macc : 13 years ago... 2 weeks for car and bike. was drunk when ii passed the test. and paid 1.050 euros already back then....
37 Aerobalance : My Father tossed me the keys to the '73 Capri V-6 and said if I got it running I could drive it. A week later it was in great shape to go, my father g
38 Matt72033 : i had 10 one hour lessons too! £19 per hr though! i took my theory the day after my 17th and passed, then i booked my practical later that week, too
39 Post contains images Cosec59 : Theory test? Didn't have those back in 1976
40 Andz : I taught myself on my dad's building site in an old pickup, and got my car and bike licences first time on the same day way back in April 1980.
41 HT : Back in 1985: 10 lessons (of 45 min each) standard driving (city, rural areas, driving by night) plus 90 minutes motorway. That was about the minimum
42 Post contains images BR076 : No wonder the Brits have trouble with the stick, since you drive on the wrong side of the road, you have to control the stick with your left hand
43 Post contains images Matt72033 : i thought back in those days all you had to do was steer your horse and cart in a straight line for 100 meters!
44 Flymia : Well no manuel tranmissions to start, I driven some cars around my closed neighborhood and than first time I went out for driving was in a 99 Land Rov
45 Senorcarnival : I learned how to drive on an automatic, and although I want to learn how to drive a stick, no one I know who drives a stick shift is willing to sacrif
46 PIA777 : In my high school, I started taking Drivers Education class in my Sophmore year and I took the road test class during the summer of 1986 then got my B
47 British767 : I (and my brothers) had exactly the same problems. Don't worry, give it time, it WILL get better. It took me about 10 lessons or so to really know wh
48 Lentigomaligna : One month and 30 driving hours to get my DL in summer school at my High School in 2001---far too easy in Utah, I wasn't even aware I'd taken my Road T
49 Christa : Everyone has problems at first when learning to drive, myself included. However, after 5 lessons I have managed to over come most problems. So far I'v
50 Post contains images AirxLiban : I never took any lessons, my dad just taught me in my sister's 1986 Volkswagen Polo back in 1998 when I was 14. The car looked almost exactly like thi
51 QR332 : I've signed up for 5 hours a week, with a maximum of 25 hours... I should be starting this thursday, and I hope to have my liscense by late February/E
52 Post contains images Sabena332 : What??????????? I paid the same amount, the difference is that I paid it in DM and not in EUR! Patrick
53 Post contains images Matt72033 : thats what i prefer in a manual, i feel i have so much more control over the car! i like to be able to choose my gear too, if i'm tailgateing someone
54 Post contains images QR332 : Haha, i'm sure once I get used to it i'll like it, but the problem with me is i'm a lazy bastard Qatar has crazy traffic jams, with it taking 15 minu
55 Post contains images Matt72033 : lol yep, thats just lazy! i think manuals are much more "fun" to drive you dont come accross many automatic ferrari's
56 MDorBust : Have been driveing well over a decade. Still learning every day
57 Post contains images ScottishLaddie : Ferrari like flappy paddles these days, which is partly auto atleast. My Ferrari would have to be a manual though. I passed in 4 months, in a Skoda!
58 AirPacific747 : I knew how to drive almost from day 1, because of all the driving games I have been playing as a kid. I got my license in december and I have already
59 Post contains images Leezyjet : Ha Ha, I used a driving game to get used to changing gear too. It was called Test Drive on the Amiga, and it was a racing game in either a Ferrari F-4
60 Post contains images AirPacific747 : btw... I got 0 (zero) errors out of 25, where 5 errors is the maximum you can get and passed the driving exam the first time aswell
61 EmiratesA345 : Driving came very naturally to me. When I was younger, my dad would take me to empty parking lots and would let me drive around. I got my full G class
62 Airdolomiti : I still haven't quite got the hang of driving stick, but I have driven both of my brothers' cars and I really enjoyed it. I regret not getting my driv
63 Post contains images FlyAUA : Ben, it always seems impossible in the beginning. Trust me, I also thought it was very complicated the first couple of lessons, but once you have you
64 Post contains images Matt27 : I took 10 driving lessons and 5 theory lessons. I found the theory much harder than the driving itself. On my theory test I got 61 of 65 correct answe
65 QR332 : The average person doesn't get to drive that many Ferraris in his lifetime either!
66 Post contains images Jetset763 : Cheers guys some good answers and some reassurance I'm not the only one that had problems. Just finished a 2 hour lesson doing roundabouts and junctio
67 Matt72033 : no, but if you read the whole quote.....i said i find manuals more fun to drive....ferrari's, being typically 'fun' cars to drive are mostly manual,
68 Beowulf : As others have stated, it requires some training. I don't remember the requirements when I took my driver's license, but I had more driving lessons t
69 Post contains images FlyAUA : Gosh... how often were you stalling before now then?!
70 VC-10 : First mistake, you never stop learning!
71 Post contains images RobertNL070 : Do you do mouth-to-mouth? Regards, Robert
72 Post contains images FlyAUA : Yes..... on a doll only But I did volunteer myself to the hunky first aider for each and every demonstration since I seemed to be the only one intere
73 Post contains images Jasepl : I messed about with the car in the compound for a few years before, but was never allowed to take it out on the road until I was 18. The day I turned
74 Post contains images QR332 : I know what you meant, It was a joke! I don't have to take one either I hope to be done after 15 lessons, I just need to get used to the clutch and g
75 Crank : In january last year I took my first lessons on an automatic transmission, then did 3 sessions on a manual, then went back to automatic to practice pa
76 Go3Team : It didn't take long, as soon as I got my learners permit from DMV, I was the one driving home. Since that day over 15 years ago, I have clocked more t
77 Saxdiva : The State driver's test was the least of my worries. The obstacle *I* had to overcome was the Driver's School of Mom and Dad, and they wouldn't let me
78 Jush : Just when I read that something came to my mind. As we all know (Or do we not?) they usually have automatic transmission in America. Can someone of o
79 Willo : I had 8 one hour lessons and passed first time. I had been riding motorbikes for many years and I think that experience gave me a much better awarenes
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