LGW
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Learning To Drive

Tue Mar 20, 2001 6:40 am

I am learning 2 drive @ da mo. A great feeling and its going well. Just thought I would share this with you all!

You americans have it so EASY! No gear stick or clutch!!!!! Just wack it in drive and go! How challenging!

Later,
 
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RE: Learning To Drive

Tue Mar 20, 2001 6:48 am

Good for you! I have no doubt that you'll do fine.
 
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RE: Learning To Drive

Tue Mar 20, 2001 6:53 am

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!
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RE: Learning To Drive

Tue Mar 20, 2001 7:46 am

6 weeks til I get my permit...

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RE: Learning To Drive

Tue Mar 20, 2001 7:57 am

I don't know about everyone else's weather, but snow and hail in the middle of August makes driving fun here! But at least we don't have to worry about getting shot...yet.
 
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LGW

Tue Mar 20, 2001 9:35 am

I have a 98 Camaro Z28 with a 6-Speed in it and its an American Car. Stick is day way to go!!!!!

TWA
 
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RE: Learning To Drive

Tue Mar 20, 2001 9:46 am

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!
 
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RE: Learning To Drive

Tue Mar 20, 2001 11:10 am

I learned on a stick shift...all Americans don't learn in a car with an automatic transmission. I thought I'd never get it right...now I feel that way about flying an airplane.
 
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RE: Learning To Drive

Tue Mar 20, 2001 11:17 am

Many American cars have a stick shift, though most have an automatic. I personally have never driven a stick. My car is an automatic.
 
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RE: Learning To Drive

Tue Mar 20, 2001 11:34 am

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.
 
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RE: Learning To Drive

Tue Mar 20, 2001 11:52 am

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!!
 
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RE: Learning To Drive

Tue Mar 20, 2001 12:26 pm

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?

Charles, SJ
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Yeah

Tue Mar 20, 2001 6:31 pm

Yeah, tis true, you pass on an auto-you can only drive an auto, u pass on a manual, u get 2 drive both.

I am planning some trips up 2 LGW when I pass, nice and fast, pick my spot, sit/stand on da top of me car and spot to my heats content!

Kind Regards

LGW - Night Rider!
 
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RE: Learning To Drive

Tue Mar 20, 2001 9:31 pm

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 Big grin.

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?

Daniel Smile
 
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RE: Learning To Drive

Tue Mar 20, 2001 9:33 pm

I see that some technological advances havent come across the Atlantic yet..............
N/A
 
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RE: Learning To Drive

Tue Mar 20, 2001 9:45 pm

You mean the Americans still haven't got proper BMWs or Mercedeses? I can't believe it! Okay, then what about cars that consume less than, ... say 6 litres of fuel per 100 km?

You poor bastards! I feel sorry for you...  Big grin  Big grin
 
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RE: Learning To Drive

Tue Mar 20, 2001 9:45 pm

Nah, its no problem if you're used to using the gearstick. Its the same with both left and right hands. If you're as co ordinated as I am that is!!
 
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LHD Vs RHD

Tue Mar 20, 2001 10:15 pm

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...
 
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RE: N312RC

Tue Mar 20, 2001 10:37 pm

>>I see that some technological advances havent come across the Atlantic >>yet..............

I gather you mean East->West wise? Big grin

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