I am 35 and I have my 1st ever driving lesson in the morning Page 3

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  • spindle9988 24 Jun 2017 14:51:02 4,611 posts
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    I'm alive.

    It actually went really well, only stalled once as i was pulling over (clutch). No kangaroo jumps or heavy braking and I even managed a left turn at a junction. It felt really good and I'm looking forward to another 2 hours on Thursday.

    Edited by spindle9988 at 14:51:22 24-06-2017
  • quadfather 24 Jun 2017 15:00:53 29,668 posts
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    @spindle9988

    Cool beans

    Anticipation is the worst part

    Amirite?
  • Ror 24 Jun 2017 16:08:21 16,738 posts
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    @spindle9988 Nice one, told you it's a piece of piss ;)
  • spindle9988 24 Jun 2017 17:17:03 4,611 posts
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    Anticipation was definitely the worst part. Thanks for the support. Hopefully I'll post when I've passed in a few months time.
  • Jyzzy-Z 24 Jun 2017 18:28:13 2,379 posts
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    Surprising amount of go kart drivers in this thread. What is so hard about a gear stick and a clutch?

    Edited by MH-RobJenx at 18:28:26 24-06-2017
  • Dirtbox 24 Jun 2017 18:34:32 89,397 posts
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    spindle9988 wrote:
    Anticipation was definitely the worst part. Thanks for the support. Hopefully I'll post when I've passed in a few months time.
    Funny how you build up all manner of fears and misgivings about something that kids and ancient biddies can do.

    Edited by Dirtbox at 18:34:50 24-06-2017
  • DukeSilver 24 Jun 2017 18:39:14 2,540 posts
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    spindle9988 wrote:
    I'm alive.

    It actually went really well, only stalled once as i was pulling over (clutch). No kangaroo jumps or heavy braking and I even managed a left turn at a junction. It felt really good and I'm looking forward to another 2 hours on Thursday.
    I like how you specified the clutch, newbie. ;)

    Congrats, it sounds like it went well.

    My learning default was the other way and I was a master of wheelspin for the first few hours.
  • Trafford 24 Jun 2017 18:43:31 7,974 posts
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    MH-RobJenx wrote:
    Surprising amount of go kart drivers in this thread. What is so hard about a gear stick and a clutch?
    Nothing really, I learned to drive in a 2CV, that had a weird stick set up. And have driven a manual in a number of foreign lands on the wrong side of the road no less ;)
    I think it's just a case of once you've driven one you enjoy the simplicity.
    Have you tried an auto?
  • DukeSilver 24 Jun 2017 19:07:03 2,540 posts
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    Autos are great. You want to learn how to drive a manual because it's a fairly simple thing a spotty teenager can pick up in a few hours obviously.
  • Dirtbox 24 Jun 2017 19:14:47 89,397 posts
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    I'm used to autos now, there's nothing but in the US, but I miss being able to use the gears to slow down when you carve into a nice bend in the road. Not that they have any curves here, it's almost all straight lines and fucking right angles.
  • reviewer 24 Jun 2017 19:18:10 4,787 posts
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    Gears are kinda fun once you get the hang of them but ultimately manual gears are a bit pointless. I'll probably go auto at some point, if only for laziness.
  • Furtive_Pygmy 24 Jun 2017 20:45:04 6,438 posts
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    I don't see the point of a car with manual gears on the road, especially these days with so many fucking cars on the road. Motorbikes however are nothing short of glorious with manual shifting.
  • CrispyXUKTurbo 24 Jun 2017 22:01:51 1,315 posts
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    Good luck, I didn't learn to drive until 27. Booked my test before the lessons and did it in 11 lessons whilst doing extra driving in the mrs car.

    As others have said, buy an auto, it's so much more plesant and you wont forget manual, most have a drop gear function these days too.
  • TPReview 24 Jun 2017 22:10:53 1,224 posts
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    SpaceMonkey77 wrote:
    @Trafford

    Indeed, gamification can solve a lot of difficult problem if applied right. When I seek to learn, I'll to do something like this, because I doubt an instructor will take in mind what type of learner are you. Check this out.


    The Seven Learning Styles

    Visual (spatial):You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
    Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music.
    Verbal (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
    Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
    Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
    Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
    Solitary (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study.


    No offense to others, but I'm more of a visual, physical & solitary types with dose of logical/social, but you might be one of a different combination, naturally. IMO, if these were taken into account with more learners, perhaps more of them might pass, but as said, this is my view & I don't know everything. Enjoy & please don't
    hurt the car or others. Some people might even find music calming & focus than a person's voice.
    As a teacher I hear this a lot, and just in the name of stopping people spreading this - it's not true. There's no evidence to support this at all Reference
  • Nitrous 24 Jun 2017 22:52:51 1,553 posts
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    I passed when I was 20. Didn't require a car before that as work was a 10 minute walk and college even less.

    Passed the exam stuff 1st time. I viewed hazard perception as a bad game. 1st go at passing failed for clipping a van with the wing mirror, 2nd attempt failed because some idiot decided to speed up coming down the road as I was turning out from a side street causing him to slow down...

    Passed 3rd time lucky. 2k insurance for a P reg Skoda fabia was not fun. I'd saved for that though and then nearly blew the engine up because the coolant had run dry.

    Enjoy the experience. I couldn't cope without a car now.
  • LittleSparra 24 Jun 2017 23:21:53 7,153 posts
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    I like driving. Rarely do it. Probs helps.

    Passed my test so easily. Was a bag of nerves before and then i became zen master behind the wheel.
  • DrStrangelove 25 Jun 2017 00:00:57 11,315 posts
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    I hate automatic, it's good for stop and go but shit elsewhere. It doesn't know what gear I want to be using in a given moment, and most of all it doesn't know when I want a gear switch and when I certainly don't. That's in line with all the other modern crap that thinks it knows what I want, like rain sensors, automatic screen rotation on the smartphone etc.

    That said, I've never used one of those sportsy semi-automatic things with twin clutch and paddles. That should work, at least it does in racing games. But "full auto" is unacceptable.

    Edited by DrStrangelove at 00:05:06 25-06-2017
  • Fonzie 25 Jun 2017 02:34:33 3,073 posts
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    I only passed mine 2 weeks ago and I'm 37.

    Never needed a car to get to work untl last year when the hospital I work in closed and has now moved out of the city center. What used to take 25 minutes on the train can now take up to 2 hours. Even in traffic, it will take about 45 minutes by car.
  • StaffyDog 25 Jun 2017 03:10:34 1,411 posts
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    I stole my dads car and took it for a spin around the army camp wile he was on duty. I was 16!!
  • Mr_Sleep 26 Jun 2017 15:51:08 21,389 posts
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    Manual geared cars are more fuel efficient than automatics. So that is something.
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 26 Jun 2017 15:54:33 11,423 posts
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    They're also way more fun to drive.
  • Garfy 26 Jun 2017 16:05:14 1,291 posts
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    Fab4 wrote:
    If you are in any way spatially aware
    Nope.

    Fab4 wrote:
    and can master a clutch wrt to it's 'biting point'
    Lead foot.

    Fab4 wrote:
    then driving is relatively easy.
    Fuck.

    Edit: Also, no ability to judge speed, prone to panic attacks and terrified of everything.

    Edited by Garfy at 16:13:48 26-06-2017
  • TPReview 26 Jun 2017 16:05:28 1,224 posts
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    @SpaceMonkey77 oh I'm sure everyone might learn best in different ways and differentiation is a huge part of teaching. I just wanted to point out the study that came up with the visual/auditory thing was debunked and even Gardner, who came up with it, said he just used it as a thought experiment and it shouldn't be taken seriously.
  • DukeSilver 26 Jun 2017 16:35:53 2,540 posts
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    Mr_Sleep wrote:
    Manual geared cars are more fuel efficient than automatics. So that is something.
    That's not always the case now with modern autos.
  • Alastair 26 Jun 2017 17:03:20 21,043 posts
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    Load_2.0 wrote:
    I gave my instructor a French Freddy in the carpark at Lidl and he passed me.
    This must be kiwi slang for something unspeakable..
  • spindle9988 7 Sep 2017 10:55:20 4,611 posts
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    A little update....

    I am now driving around with confidence and progress has been great. I have only been doing 2 hours a week so I haven't been able to practice as much as I would like. I've just purchased a little ka so I will be able to have a little bit of a drive around in the week now.

    I stalled at a traffic light the other day........sad times
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