Learning to Drive

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  • superflyninja 18 Jan 2011 11:05:18 456 posts
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    Not quite as easy as it looks eh???? but curiously far more fun than Turismo would have you believe.Im due to have my driving test in a month. anybody else in similar boat(car) have any amusing near misses to report?

    Put away those firey biscuits

  • graysonavich 18 Jan 2011 11:07:02 6,820 posts
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    I pissed myself the first time. LOL
  • Kosmoz 18 Jan 2011 11:07:28 7,512 posts
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    The only thing of note that happened on my test was when the examiner made me do an emegency stop when there was a van quite close behind me.

    Every girl I ever kissed I was thinking of a pro footballer.

  • motti82 18 Jan 2011 11:07:33 2,818 posts
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    Driving's a piece of piss once you get aware of where you are on the road.
  • Stickman 18 Jan 2011 11:07:40 29,422 posts
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    Paging heyyo...

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  • mrpon 18 Jan 2011 11:07:56 27,664 posts
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    I amusingly missed a junction turning on my test, he failed me.

    I had a short skirt on and everything.

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • RyanDS 18 Jan 2011 11:08:10 8,707 posts
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    graysonavich wrote:
    I passed first time.

    What is funny about that?
  • Kosmoz 18 Jan 2011 11:09:44 7,512 posts
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    Everyone will tell you, because it's true, that driving on by yrself for the first time is a strange experience. It's hard to explain, but it is very odd.

    Every girl I ever kissed I was thinking of a pro footballer.

  • Lexx87 18 Jan 2011 11:11:11 20,869 posts
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    graysonavich wrote:
    I passed first time. LOL

    Try harder.

    Speak the truth hussy!

  • mrpon 18 Jan 2011 11:12:01 27,664 posts
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    graysonavich wrote:
    I pissed first time. LOL
    It can be quite nerve racking.

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • Fab4 18 Jan 2011 11:13:47 5,698 posts
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    The mechanics of driving are easy. The ability to take that and use public roads appropriately seems a quality that is dying out.

    Since coming back from Xmas holidays I've lost count of the number of cars I've seen run red lights.
  • heyyo 18 Jan 2011 11:15:19 14,374 posts
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    Stickman wrote:
    Paging heyyo...

    No 'amusing near misses' to report sir!
  • superflyninja 18 Jan 2011 11:27:11 456 posts
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    ah yes driving on your own for the first time is "amusing".hehehee.im an old hand at solo driving now. i must remember the b00b tube and short skirt for test day though. oh and early on in my driiving career i did nearly crash into a bus on a roundabout! :D Im hoping my driving test pans out inbetweeners style

    Put away those firey biscuits

  • mal 18 Jan 2011 11:28:14 22,006 posts
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    I remember the first time I reversed out or a tight car park spot by myself, and nearly look out the rear door of the car next to me (realised just in time). I don't remember any amusing incidents when learning though. Just do it, do it, do it again.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • smoothpete 18 Jan 2011 11:29:42 31,039 posts
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    I changed down from 3rd to 1st and nearly killed us both
  • Load_2.0 18 Jan 2011 11:34:25 18,234 posts
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    Trickiest part is training the leg muscles to get the pressure right on pedals.

    In NZ you can get your license at 15, which I did. I drove every day for ten years and then moved to the UK and have driven twice in 9 years.

    I should probably do a refresher course, what is the cheapest you can get driving lessons for? Maybe 4 lessons to get used to driving here.
  • Kosmoz 18 Jan 2011 11:36:02 7,512 posts
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    Well ten 1 hour lessons cost me 180, so about 18 per lesson is probably about what you should be looking for.

    Every girl I ever kissed I was thinking of a pro footballer.

  • smoothpete 18 Jan 2011 11:36:06 31,039 posts
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    Some instructors will do the first lesson free. Shop around, see if you can find 4 of them. Then you're laughing
  • smoothpete 18 Jan 2011 11:37:32 31,039 posts
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    The price round here is generally 25 per hour.
  • shamblemonkee 18 Jan 2011 11:38:21 14,042 posts
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    Last week I had to wait for five minutes while a learner did the slowest reverse parralelelelellll park I have ever witnessed. For some reason our estate is some sort of breeding ground for learner drivers... sometimes it's hard to maintain the "you were them once, chill out" demeanour, as the other voice gets progressively more dominant; "HURRY THE RRRrgl!! UP AND GET OUT OF MY WAY YOU INCOMPETANT MONG!!!!!! RAAAARGH"

    I failed my theory 3 times :-s but passed the practical first go with one minor, i handed the pass sheet to my instructor afterwards and she said, "are you sure this is yours?!"

    *huff*
  • smoothpete 18 Jan 2011 11:41:26 31,039 posts
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    I live on the road where the local test centre is. I walk past it every day. I feel for the people pulling out of the driveway, it's an instant fail if you do that bit wrong and I see people fuck it up all the time
  • RedSparrows 18 Jan 2011 11:44:58 20,765 posts
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    I'm having lessons again. Failed twice at 17/18 (first was 1 major 4 minors, so annoyed).

    I hadn't had a lesson for ages before last night, and it went really well. I can drive bloody cars, it's just all the other bastards on the road!
  • chiefian 18 Jan 2011 11:44:59 475 posts
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    I did a two week crash course (hur hur) then my test two weeks later. It worked out cheaper, and I was driving within a month.

    I recommend taking a look at intensive courses. It worked for me, zero accidents and I drive every week.
  • billythekid 18 Jan 2011 11:45:18 10,815 posts
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    First time driving by myself, I discovered that the brakes on a MkII Escort don't function particularly efficiently whilst reversing at a rate that might be deemed slightly excessive.
    Ended up only inches from someones garage door :D
  • boo 18 Jan 2011 11:47:02 11,604 posts
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    smoothpete wrote:
    The price round here is generally 25 per hour.

    Gordon Bennett!

    When I learned to drive, my lessons were 7 each!

    /may have been some time ago

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  • RyanDS 18 Jan 2011 11:50:13 8,707 posts
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    Nice edit there Lexx.
  • Stickman 18 Jan 2011 11:54:51 29,422 posts
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    superflyninja wrote:
    ah yes driving on your own for the first time is "amusing".hehehee.im an old hand at solo driving now. i must remember the b00b tube and short skirt for test day though. oh and early on in my driiving career i did nearly crash into a bus on a roundabout! :D Im hoping my driving test pans out inbetweeners style

    How can you be an old hand at driving on your own and yet apparently haven't taken your test?

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  • superflyninja 18 Jan 2011 12:52:24 456 posts
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    Stickman wrote:
    superflyninja wrote:
    ah yes driving on your own for the first time is "amusing".hehehee.im an old hand at solo driving now. i must remember the b00b tube and short skirt for test day though. oh and early on in my driiving career i did nearly crash into a bus on a roundabout! :D Im hoping my driving test pans out inbetweeners style

    How can you be an old hand at driving on your own and yet apparently haven't taken your test?
    Because I live in ireland.where it is TECHNICALLY illegal to drive on my own on learner plates but the police dont really enforce it. Ive heard its pretty common for learners to be seen driving on the motorways.

    Put away those firey biscuits

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