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Posted 05 February 2005 - 07:08 PM

Hey just want to ask how many driving lessons has everyone (who is taking lessons) had?
I started taking lessons last month and so far have had 8 hours and its great laugh.gif
I cant wait till i can drive and get my own car tongue.gif
I will probably be sitting my theory test sometime next month, and wont be sitting my actual driving test until about May.

How many of you have passed your driving test?

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 07:12 PM

i passed on the 27th of October on my second attempt i should have passed on my first attempt i was done mad.gif . I passes after 35 hours driving (including the driving tests)tongue.gif

Driving is the best thing on the planet i would love to have my own car but cant afford it. tongue.gif

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 07:16 PM

QUOTE(Dave @ Feb 5 2005, 07:12 PM)
i passed on the 27th of October on my second attempt i should have passed on my first attempt i was done mad.gif  . I passes after 35 hours driving (including the driving tests)tongue.gif

Driving is the best thing on the planet i would love to have my own car but cant afford it. tongue.gif

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Congratulations Dave biggrin.gif
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Posted 05 February 2005 - 07:22 PM

I started with AA which had Ford Focus which btw are great cars to drive but he left so i went with a smaller family business; Top Gear which run mini D's which apart from the gear boxes are great. The thing with the Gear box is its so stiff and jerky and fights you when you change gear,not the fact its 6-speed at all

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 07:28 PM

I failed my practical test today for the 2nd time sad.gif
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Posted 05 February 2005 - 07:29 PM

By how much did you fail and what on

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 07:41 PM

I got a serious for apparently making a car slow down for me to pull out of a junction. I also got 13 minor errors, the majority of which in the latter half of the test. The first time I failed for not changing lanes until the last second approaching a roundabout to turn right. I got 11 minors that day too. 3rd time lucky hopefully. It's only been 21 days since I failed the test the first time but I think I'm going to wait until April before re-sitting again. I've had 19 or 20 hours of lessons now (in a Nissan Almera) and probably about 12 hours in my parent's car (Fiat Brava).
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Posted 05 February 2005 - 07:42 PM

QUOTE(bred2k4 @ Feb 5 2005, 07:28 PM)
I failed my practical test today for the 2nd time sad.gif

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Yeh i heard, i was about to ask you about that, unlucky.
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Posted 05 February 2005 - 07:42 PM

its all about luck on test day i think

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 07:44 PM

QUOTE(Dave @ Feb 5 2005, 07:22 PM)
I started with AA which had Ford Focus which btw are great cars to drive but he left so i went with a smaller family business; Top Gear which run mini D's which apart from the gear boxes are great. The thing with the Gear box is its so stiff and jerky and fights you when you change gear,not the fact its 6-speed at all

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I was thinking about going with the AA as it looked pretty good, but in the end i went with BSM, because they were cheaper.

Just out of interest how much were you paying for a single lesson with the AA?
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Posted 05 February 2005 - 07:44 PM

Unlucky bred2k4.

Does anyone know of any good webites for the theory?

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 07:47 PM

QUOTE(ally @ Feb 5 2005, 07:44 PM)
Unlucky bred2k4.

Does anyone know of any good webites for the theory?

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Try some of these sites.

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 07:49 PM

for the theory i would just bit the bullet and get the official DSA CD's on multiple choice and hazard perception because its the best way to pass first time

For the AA i was paying £17.50 which was less than BSM. BSM i think are £19 now round here. I personally dont like BSM i hear to many made instructor stories.

One thing to watch is Driving instructors can operate with Pink badages which mean they haven't yet passed their third and final exam. This means they also haven't failed it 3 times however. The AA only use fully qualified instructors BTW.

Another NB: The corsa is an awful car to drive as a 1L its only got 3 cylinders blink.gif

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 07:54 PM

Thanks for the "don't despair" comments everyone. As for the theory, I used the hazard perception CDs ( http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B..._ap_i1_xgl/202- ) and found them excellent practice (I would get a better score after each mock test and even better on the test day). For the multiple choice I just used the book you can buy with all the potential questions.
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Posted 05 February 2005 - 07:54 PM

QUOTE(Dave @ Feb 5 2005, 07:49 PM)
for the theory i would just bit the bullet and get the official DSA CD's on multiple choice and hazard perception because its the best way to pass first time

For the AA i was paying £17.50 which was  less than BSM. BSM i think are £19 now round here. I personally dont like BSM i hear to many made instructor stories.

One thing to watch is Driving instructors can operate with Pink badages which mean they haven't yet passed their third and final exam. This means they also haven't failed it 3 times however. The AA only use fully qualified instructors BTW.

Another NB: The corsa is an awful car to drive as a 1L its only got 3 cylinders blink.gif

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Yep your right there.
Most of the BSM instructors hold the pink badges, but when i signed up i asked for a fully qualified instructor with a Green Badge.
Im paying £18 a lesson, but i was quoted £21.50 by the AA ohmy.gif
Though i would have liked to have gone with the AA, as my uncle is a fully qualified instructor with the AA.
Im driving the Corsa, but its the 1.6, would have preffered the new Astra blink.gif
So its not too bad, i cant wait till i pass, so i can get my own car biggrin.gif
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Posted 05 February 2005 - 07:55 PM

QUOTE($impl¥_®i¢h @ Feb 5 2005, 07:47 PM)
Try some of these sites.

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 07:56 PM

QUOTE(ally @ Feb 5 2005, 07:55 PM)
QUOTE($impl¥_®i¢h @ Feb 5 2005, 07:47 PM)
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Posted 05 February 2005 - 07:57 PM

yes the thing with the AA is that if you book online the AA take an additional cut but if you go directly to the instructor you will (at least in my case) get it at £17.50. Which is the price for block bookings normally through the website

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 07:58 PM

My instructor runs his own business and charges 20 quid/hour. He seems pretty good but I don't have anyone to compare him to.
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Posted 05 February 2005 - 08:00 PM

i have to say i saw a difference between my AA instructor who was quite new and the more experienced self employed Top Gear man

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