I am 35 and I have my 1st ever driving lesson in the morning

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  • spindle9988 23 Jun 2017 19:36:40 4,587 posts
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    I am shitting myself. Any other late bloomers on here?
  • Fake_Blood 23 Jun 2017 19:37:29 7,646 posts
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    Automatic or manual?
  • GoodForm 23 Jun 2017 19:46:07 1,720 posts
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    Look and think ahead, and you'll be fine.
  • quadfather 23 Jun 2017 19:55:40 28,838 posts
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    Anticipation is worse than the driving. You'll be loving it in minutes
  • DrStrangelove 23 Jun 2017 19:55:57 11,013 posts
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    You're going to die
  • JamboWayOh 23 Jun 2017 20:01:57 2,391 posts
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    GoodForm wrote:
    Look and think ahead, and you'll be fine.
    I'm confused, was he meant to have his eyes closed the entire time?
  • monkehhh 23 Jun 2017 20:02:48 4,712 posts
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    The instructor has their own brake pedal, you'll be fine :)
  • Zerobob 23 Jun 2017 20:03:30 1,938 posts
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    You'll be absolutely fine. Do not worry even for a second. Your instructor should take you to a nice quiet stretch of road and let you nail the basics. If your instructor doesn't, get a new one.

    My advice would be to make it absolutely clear to your instructor what you do and don't know. Even if you don't know the pedals and their order, or what exactly the clutch is for, be honest and don't let the instructor assume you know anything.
  • GoodForm 23 Jun 2017 20:04:22 1,720 posts
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    JamboWayOh wrote:
    GoodForm wrote:
    Look and think ahead, and you'll be fine.
    I'm confused, was he meant to have his eyes closed the entire time?
    The most obvious advice is often the most useful advice. Also - the obvious isn't necessarily self-apparent to everyone.

    Edited by GoodForm at 20:04:43 23-06-2017
  • JamboWayOh 23 Jun 2017 20:05:10 2,391 posts
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    GoodForm wrote:
    JamboWayOh wrote:
    GoodForm wrote:
    Look and think ahead, and you'll be fine.
    I'm confused, was he meant to have his eyes closed the entire time?
    The most obvious advice is often the most useful advice. Also - the obvious isn't necessarily self-apparent to everyone.
    Mmm, deep.
  • captainrentboy 23 Jun 2017 20:09:44 1,666 posts
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    Had my very first lesson last Oct at 34 (literally hadn't driven at all before that), and I was absolutely shitting it beforehand, but it turns out it was totally unnecessary.
    I got in the car, adrenalin took over, and I just got on with it. The mad bastard did take me out on busy main roads and roundabouts after 30 minutes of pissing about on an empty industrial estate, (I'm pretty sure that's not the norm) but it certainly helped me get over my fear very quickly. He said some instructors will take the piss, and still have their students tackling empty roads 10 hours in, which can be utterly pointless and unnecessarily drags out the learning.
    I'm 25 hours in now, got my test booked (theory's done) and feeling pretty frigging confident about it. :)
    Just remember that on those first few hours the instructor will have a fair amount of control on what's going on, so it's quite difficult to fuck up in any huge way.
  • Rivuzu 23 Jun 2017 20:13:19 16,484 posts
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    28. Not had a single lesson. Aiming by 30!
  • JonFE 23 Jun 2017 20:18:29 1,749 posts
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    Got my license at 32, I'm 47 now and haven't driven since... :rolleyes:

    /is no help

    Edited by JonFE at 20:18:57 23-06-2017
  • Thingy 23 Jun 2017 20:22:34 6,297 posts
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    My daughter is on course for her second attempt at passing. It's bloody expensive.

    She is also now experiencing the freedom that her friends have, who have passed their test, so is becoming extra motivated. I'm hoping for second time lucky.
  • Azazel 23 Jun 2017 20:24:34 1,094 posts
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    I learned at 28 (34 now) and in retrospect it was something I absolutely should have done ages ago - it made a huge difference to my ability to not walk the length of myself.

    Especially as I live in NI where the public transport (when they're not setting it on fire) is a pile of shite.
  • FuzzyDucky 23 Jun 2017 20:26:57 2,395 posts
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    Cars are funny. I'm 34, can drive a bit but keep being told "you have no freedom without one!"... Yet lessons cost a mint and the things are fucking money pits.

    My bit of financial freedom is worth more than being able to drive. I think some of my mates are just annoyed that I rarely drink on a night out and "if I had a car they could save on taxis".
  • mothercruncher 23 Jun 2017 20:29:18 13,891 posts
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    Just get on with it- you'll drive like a bloody woman for about theee lessons and then finally be normal.
  • Thingy 23 Jun 2017 20:32:21 6,297 posts
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    I think that unless you live in the centre of a city, or London, they're pretty much an essential expense.
  • spindle9988 23 Jun 2017 20:48:01 4,587 posts
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    Thanks guys. I am doing manual by the way. Providing I live, I will post how it went tomorrow

    Edited by spindle9988 at 14:59:22 24-06-2017
  • PazJohnMitch 23 Jun 2017 20:50:14 12,923 posts
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    @spindle9988

    I am 36 and learning to drive.

    (Although unlike you I did have some lessons about 7 years ago).

    Edited by PazJohnMitch at 20:51:00 23-06-2017
  • mothercruncher 23 Jun 2017 20:52:26 13,891 posts
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    Manuel's a great instructor, good choice.
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 23 Jun 2017 20:52:35 10,239 posts
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    I fucking love driving. I love it even more than I fucking hate public transport.
  • spindle9988 23 Jun 2017 20:53:47 4,587 posts
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    Decks wrote:
    I fucking love driving. I love it even more than I fucking hate public transport.
    Never getting on a south London bus again is good motivation for me.
  • DrStrangelove 23 Jun 2017 21:08:14 11,013 posts
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    spindle9988 wrote:
    Thanks guys. I am doing manual by the way. Providing I live I will post how it went tomorrow
    Just avoid the sad fate of driving an automatic BMW
  • Khanivor 23 Jun 2017 21:26:59 43,298 posts
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    Get an automatic
  • HelloNo 23 Jun 2017 22:24:57 1,965 posts
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    It's fine when you're learning, people give you a wide hearth. It's when you pass and get comfortable the problems start.
  • Spanky 23 Jun 2017 22:32:12 14,919 posts
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    I started at 38 and passed first time after 7 months of lessons. All those years of Burnout and MSR paid off. You'll be fine, the car is dual control ;)
  • bad09 23 Jun 2017 22:45:11 7,967 posts
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    I'm starting to learn at 40. The Mrs had an urge to learn last year and now we have a car first time I ever had a car in the family. I dont want to sound sexist but much of the technical aspect has fallen on me and I have learnt more about roads and car maintenance in the last 4 months than in the last 40 years. I feel I need to be legal in operating it if I'm maintaining it plus it is only fair she can ask me to drive here and there.

    Edited by bad09 at 23:09:34 23-06-2017
  • blobs 23 Jun 2017 22:53:52 521 posts
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    Had two lessons in my mid thirties and fucking hated it. I went straight back to motorcycles but only passed my test for them 2 or 3 years ago.. best move ever. I'm now 46.
  • GuybrushThreepwood 23 Jun 2017 23:22:47 994 posts
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    Passed at 30.I'd driven bikes until then .

    Just take your time , be confident and remember to check mirrors and do all the looking around you need to do at junctions.
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