Iainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 635 times:
LGW you do not get shot at when you make a mistake, or drive too slow! You also do not over passes to confuse you, if you are unsure where you are going you can drive round in circles!
Now who has it harder!
Easy_fella From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 603 times:
Alright boy! I passed first time, after only 20 days of lessons. Well chuffed with that.
But once you've passed, and are blatting round the country lanes at 65mph, you'll be thankful that you're in a clapped out Fiesta with a manual, rather than a chevvy, with an automatic. Its just so much more fun!
By the way, there are some great country lanes around LGW, just beyond the threshold of Rwys 9. I used to drive home from Gatwick at about 5am after a night shift, and if you could avoid the rabbits, you could drive pretty fast and have a great time.
Enjoy it! And good luck with your test. Apparently they've made it harder since when I did it!
DeltaRNOmd-80 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 580 times:
I am learning right now, I have had my permit since December 29. My dad just added me to the insurance today so now we can do riskier driving, when before we avoided the big traffic. I cant wait till I get to drive on my own!! BTW, I drive an automatic, but have driven a stick. They both have their perks. Automatics are good for "stop and go" driving while sticks are good for long drives on the highway, you actually have something to do besides hold the steering wheel.
DeltaRNOmd-80 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 576 times:
Also, right now I am learning on a crap truck, but it is good because it wont matter if it gets ruined. Its an '86 Dodge Ram D-150 shortbed with over 300,000 miles on it!!! When I get my driver's license, I get something better, YEAH!!
Ctbarnes From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3491 posts, RR: 51 Reply 11, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 568 times:
I actually drove a car with a stickshift before I moved to the UK, so I had no problem with that aspect of it. I did had to apply for a British licence though (I've still got it, even though I moved back to the States in '96), and the test was pretty nerve racking. Fortunately a friend of mine suggested I take some driving lessions. Best 60 pounds I ever spent. The instructor was great. He said, "you already know how to drive, so you're going to learn how to pass the test." I flunked the first time, and I'm convinced it's because the examiner didn't like my accent. Second time (and different location) I passed.
I also remember bombing down those B-roads in my 5-speed VW Scirocco. Great fun!
BTW, is it still the case in the UK if you take the test in a car with an automatic, you're restricted to driving only cars with automatic?
The customer isn't a moron, she is your wife -David Ogilvy
Airsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 36 Reply 13, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 555 times:
Everybody who only drives automatic doesn´t know what he´s missing with the stick. And, aon a different subject, anybody who has a speed limit in his country is a really poor fellow .
Ben, are you right handed? I am, and, sitting on the left, I can use the stick with my right hand. I imagine it´s more difficult when you´re in the UK, sitting on the right and having that stick in your left?
Sccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5246 posts, RR: 27 Reply 17, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 547 times:
When my wife, kid and I went to Australia, my mom told me that we should rent a manual-shift car since that made the transition to driving on the wrong- er, left- side of the road, and sitting on the right, easier.
Dunno, though, because the rental (a Holden VT Commodore) was automatic (and rather nice, too).
She also told me that I'd turn on the windshield wipers by accident (while going for the turn signal) within five minutes of taking the wheel. I dismissed this- I'm a good driver, not subject to those petty oversights! Oops, she was spot-on!
Spent the first three days chanting "keep left, keep left, keep left!"
Anyone else have any trouble transitioning from LHD to RHD or vice-versa?
...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...