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Learning To Drive - How Long Did It Take You?

Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:09 pm

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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RE: Learning To Drive - How Long Did It Take You?

Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:12 pm

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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Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:14 pm

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

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Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:18 pm

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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Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:18 pm

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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RE: Learning To Drive - How Long Did It Take You?

Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:19 pm

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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RE: Learning To Drive - How Long Did It Take You?

Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:19 pm

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.
 
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Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:29 pm

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.

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RE: Learning To Drive - How Long Did It Take You?

Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:32 pm

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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RE: Learning To Drive - How Long Did It Take You?

Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:33 pm

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
 
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Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:38 pm

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.
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RE: Learning To Drive - How Long Did It Take You?

Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:44 pm

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.

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Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:53 pm

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

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RE: Learning To Drive - How Long Did It Take You?

Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:59 pm

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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RE: Learning To Drive - How Long Did It Take You?

Mon Jan 30, 2006 11:00 pm

About 30 minutes.

Later, it took about 2 hours before I was really comfortable and confident with a stick.
 
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RE: Learning To Drive - How Long Did It Take You?

Mon Jan 30, 2006 11:03 pm

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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RE: Learning To Drive - How Long Did It Take You?

Mon Jan 30, 2006 11:04 pm

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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RE: Learning To Drive - How Long Did It Take You?

Mon Jan 30, 2006 11:07 pm

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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RE: Learning To Drive - How Long Did It Take You?

Mon Jan 30, 2006 11:09 pm

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.

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Mon Jan 30, 2006 11:10 pm

10 one hour lessons at £3.00 per hour and the test was £3.30
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RE: Learning To Drive - How Long Did It Take You?

Mon Jan 30, 2006 11:13 pm

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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RE: Learning To Drive - How Long Did It Take You?

Mon Jan 30, 2006 11:21 pm

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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Mon Jan 30, 2006 11:35 pm

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

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RE: Learning To Drive - How Long Did It Take You?

Mon Jan 30, 2006 11:39 pm

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
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Mon Jan 30, 2006 11:41 pm

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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RE: Learning To Drive - How Long Did It Take You?

Mon Jan 30, 2006 11:44 pm

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 driving lessons -18 or 19, I think, of which a good amount (something like 10?) are mandatory here in Germany (for example driving in the night, driving on the "Autobahn" etc.). So that wasn't too bad. Even if some people won't believe it, I haven't had many problems with the clutch or the stick.

Overall it took me about three months. I passed the test at the first try just one day before my 18th birthday (in Germany it is possible to pass the test before the required age for driving. In this case the licence is handed out to you as soon as you turn 18). So, picking up my licence was the first I did on my birthday...

Btw, the car I learned on was a Peugeot 306. Nice car!


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RE: Learning To Drive - How Long Did It Take You?

Mon Jan 30, 2006 11:47 pm

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 getting a driver's license in the UK. I was amazed at how much more difficult it was than getting a license in the US. Though these aren't official statistic by any stretch, my impression is that the vast majority of US drivers get their license on the first attempt.

The program showed that in the UK it's actually quite a big deal if that happens and that the exam fees are substantial.

In the US a license is $15, a 50 question written exam that just about anyone with half a brain can pass without studying, a short practical exam and a vision test. The hardest part of the US test was usually parallel parking and many jurisdictions are now doing away with that requirement all together.

Most people probably spend more time waiting in line at the DMV than actually taking the tests.

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Mon Jan 30, 2006 11:48 pm

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 they had it half price when I went. Sometimes they will make you drive around the block.

Driving here is about experience, knowing the streets and being able to predict stupid things people are bound to do.
 
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RE: Learning To Drive - How Long Did It Take You?

Mon Jan 30, 2006 11:53 pm

Quoting EGTESkyGod (Reply 15):
I passed first time despite doing a wheelspin, for which I only got a minor for clutch control!!

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 something stupid like that) so no wonder I passed!!!!
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Tue Jan 31, 2006 12:09 am

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 teach us how to do 80 without getting caught. On occasion we would head over to Santa Cruz and kick back over there. He was the best.
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RE: Learning To Drive - How Long Did It Take You?

Tue Jan 31, 2006 12:12 am

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!
 
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Tue Jan 31, 2006 12:34 am

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 car lessons with the instructor). Drivers ed was pretty useless though, I was a fine driver already I just took it because it saves alot on insurance. Failed first test just berily but it wasn't completly my fault, and the second time I almost got in 2 accidents (One woulda been their fault, the other its hard to say because I had the right of way but at the same time I saw them coming way before they saw me coming and I coulda stopped way easier than them) but still passed.



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Tue Jan 31, 2006 12:38 am

Quite fast actually.Started off well after the 3rd lesson.
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Tue Jan 31, 2006 12:40 am

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

£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 Big grin) my parents/myself would have spent just under £1000, including resources such as books etc.
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Tue Jan 31, 2006 12:54 am

I had 1 lesson per week over about 6 months - so about 24 lessons. I passed first time.  Wink I don't find driving at all difficult.
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Tue Jan 31, 2006 1:24 am

Quoting YooYoo (Reply 16):
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.

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 have all been alright so far, but it strikes me as quite dangerous to drive a car without knowing how to control it except on dry pavement.



Quoting Dc10s4ever (Reply 29):
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 teach us how to do 80 without getting caught.

What were you driving, the Toyota CAMRY-71B with radar absorbing paint?  bouncy 

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Tue Jan 31, 2006 1:24 am

13 years ago...

2 weeks for car and bike. was drunk when ii passed the test. and paid 1.050 euros already back then....
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Tue Jan 31, 2006 2:18 am

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 gave me a once around the block instruction concerning a manual and then I was off. Two hours later I was doing just fine. He asked if I felt confident and that I knew the rules of the road and I said 'Yes'. Then I was free to navigate the city streets of North Orange County. That's back in 1981 when I was 14. A year and half up the road later and I passed my driving exam with a 100% score and then received my license.

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Tue Jan 31, 2006 2:25 am

Quoting Cosec59 (Reply 19):
10 one hour lessons at £3.00 per hour and the test was £3.30

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, took my test 3 months later and passed 1st time!
i think i just MADE myself pass becuase my 1st ten lessons were my 17th birthday present! i had to pay for any after that!
 
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Tue Jan 31, 2006 2:28 am

Quoting Matt72033 (Reply 38):
took my theory the day after my 17th

Theory test? Didn't have those back in 1976  old 
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Tue Jan 31, 2006 2:30 am

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.
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RE: Learning To Drive - How Long Did It Take You?

Tue Jan 31, 2006 2:41 am

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 required lessons in those days.
Driving in the city & the test were performed on a automatic car; only a few lessons were required on a car with a H-shift in order to have no restrictions.
Passed theoretical and practical tests on first attempts.

(The guy tested before me failed, as he was speeding through a construction area with 50+ kph instead of 30 kph TWICE ! )
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RE: Learning To Drive - How Long Did It Take You?

Tue Jan 31, 2006 2:52 am

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  Smile
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Tue Jan 31, 2006 4:16 am

Quoting Cosec59 (Reply 39):
Theory test? Didn't have those back in 1976

i thought back in those days all you had to do was steer your horse and cart in a straight line for 100 meters!  Wink
 
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Tue Jan 31, 2006 4:23 am

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 Rover Discovery. Than went with an instructor three times and the first lesson took me right on the highway in his small toyota. Did 6 hours with him and he did not teach me much, than just drove with my learners for a year and now driving fine. Not much to learn atleast with an Automatic tranmission. Even with a manuel its not rocket science or nothing like flying a plane. The Driving test I took was a joke easiest test I ever taken. Only reason I took 6 hours of lessons with the instructor was because it drops insurance a bit.
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RE: Learning To Drive - How Long Did It Take You?

Tue Jan 31, 2006 4:29 am

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 sacrifice their clutch.

My dad took me out to some neighborhood where there were streets built already but not the houses, so we had free reign. I think it took him about a couple of months, once a week, sometimes twice. He had a harder time teaching me how to parallel park, but as it turned out, you did not have to do that on the exam. For the exam, all you had to do was drive around two blocks adjacent to the DMV (Dept. of Motor Vehicles.)
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RE: Learning To Drive - How Long Did It Take You?

Tue Jan 31, 2006 5:07 am

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 Blue Slip after that class and I got my License in the fall of 1986.
Took about 10 months from start to finish.

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RE: Learning To Drive - How Long Did It Take You?

Tue Jan 31, 2006 5:11 am

Quoting Jetset763 (Thread starter):
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.

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 what exactly I was doing. Don't be afraid to use the accelerator. Sooner or later you'll learn where the bite point is, and then it'll become natural. I started driving in February (in '04) and took my test in October (after failing in August due to an inexperienced examiner).

The moment I drove by myself, I didn't seem to have to concentrate so much anymore, and it all felt natural!
 
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RE: Learning To Drive - How Long Did It Take You?

Tue Jan 31, 2006 5:12 am

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 Test when I "passed" with a 94/100 (the Written Test was hilariously easy too).

It took a few more months to really learn how to drive including how to drive a stick. The stick thing was something where I just couldn't do it until, all of the sudden, one day (probably after a few weeks of stalling and rolling backwards) it seemed like second nature. Driving seems uncomfortable at first, but you'll get used to it.

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RE: Learning To Drive - How Long Did It Take You?

Tue Jan 31, 2006 5:16 am

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've done; T Junctions, Roundabots, Dual Carriageway Driving, Crossroads, Hill Starts and some other funky things!

I'm learning in a new MINI Diesel. It's the 1.4 version with a 6 speed manual gear box, it's black with silver racing stripes. Lessons cost £16 per hour or £150 for a block booking of 10.

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