First Driving Lesson, In 25 Minutes
Posted 30 April 2008 - 09:46 AM
Anyway I had all ma money saved already from work so nice to just get it out and not think have I got enough. With my 5 months of Uni hopefully ill have enough time to learn. Gonna start with 1 lesson a week then when I feel confident enough 2 lessons a week I think.
Posted 30 April 2008 - 10:46 AM
Clutch control might take abit of learning if youve never gained that skill before, but on average i'd have said after 40mins to an hour most people start to get the hang of it quite well.
If you can afford 2 lessons a week, i'd say go for it from the start, you'll progress much better, doing just 1 a week has big gaps, and when your first starting, if you can fit 2 or 3 hours in a week you'll probably progress on the first stage much better and faster, thats just my opinion though.
I guess i was lucky, when i first started driving i drove my dads car and he added me on his insurance as a learner driver, so i got a good bit of practice and knowledge before i took a few professional lessons to finish up.
Good luck anyway mate, i'm sure you'll enjoy it.
Posted 30 April 2008 - 10:48 AM
do AT LEAST 2 hours of lessons a week, any less and you don't get the benefit of a lesson and end up taking ages to get to your test.
try and get out between lessons, now i know insurance is expensive so if cant get insured on a car then get someone to take you out to a retail park or an industrail estate at night when it's quiet, just to practice moving the vehicle around and parking etc. I never had the benefit of getting out between lessons but just driving around a bit in a retail park helps.
also remember if your insured on the car then you can get out with anyone who has held a licence for over 4 years, it needent be a parent or anything. So if you pop up here i'll take ya out
Posted 30 April 2008 - 11:54 AM
Posted 30 April 2008 - 01:29 PM
Good to hear you enjoyed it aswell, thats one of the best things about driving in general, in particular when your new to driving you'll probably love it.
As Grim also said, driving is pretty easy when you get the basics, it just takes abit of time to adjust to the car, and learning road positions and junctions / round abouts etc, all in all its not too hard at all, you'll soon build up some good confidence in yourself.
As me and grim said before though (he posted seconds after me ) you really could do with trying to get yourself at least 2 lessons a week, and if you do try and space them out like Tuesday and Thursday etc, its always good to have a break between lessons with your tutor, i always found that anyway, it gives time for things to sink in, and you kind of go over it in your head and figgure alot of it out for yourself.
Oh and yeah, if you can get insured on another car, or get out of the way in one, as your so new to driving, any driving at all will be a huge bonus to yourself and will help you get through the first stages very quickly.
Good luck with your other lessons, and let us know how it goes.
EDIT: its only just occoured to me, you'll be more than likely learning in a diesel, so you'll probably be fine when it comes to stalling etc, they are great for learning in as they have so much torq they are hard to stall. Once youve learned all the clutch control in a diesel, you'll probably find it quite easy to adjust straight to a petrol, but petrol cars for learning in can be hard when learning how to control a clutch, you can stall them so much easier than a diesel, infact ive never stalled a diesel once come to think of it
Edited by Dano2k0, 30 April 2008 - 03:11 PM.
Posted 01 May 2008 - 04:12 PM
my father used to race motorcycles as well as teach racing courses and safety courses so he was quite a good instructor for me during that time.
I eventually took a "real" driving course because insurance is much much lower if you've passed an official driving course.
the more experience you have the better you'll get.
also making sure it's a GOOD experience is important you want to learn from someone who REALLY knows what they're doing, not someone who is going to teach you their own bad habits.
Good to know you're learning on a stick-shift too, in the states that's a rare skill... cars with manual transmissions typically have to be special ordered because most people are f-ing lazy it also means it's near impossible to find used cars with stick shifts.
Posted 01 May 2008 - 05:20 PM
I got a provisional license but my parents are not to keen on me maybe when I've had a few lessons, they have to insure and insurance costs a load here,
The dash was like this (but right hand drive since we drive on the left) the speedo was digital she said don't look at the middle one it's just to look good, but she said if I had the indicator wrong I might change it to Miles Per Gallon instead of Miles Per Hour so she said don't worry if you think your doing 47MPH
Edited by bucko, 01 May 2008 - 05:20 PM.
Posted 01 May 2008 - 06:26 PM
also good advice from twisted, dont let anyone tech you bad habits, they only cause problems.
by all means when you have your full licence pick some up but whilst learning do everything by the book.
I don't know about where you are but in my state here in the US we're allowed to start driving when we turn 15... no permit or license or anything. simply carry a proof of your age and as long as there is a licensed adult in the front with you, you're free to drive wherever
that would be nice, you may not drive a car here until you are 17 and have a provisional drivers licence, you MUST also be insured on the vehicle, it MUST display L plates and it MUST have a person in the front that has held a full licence for over 4 years.
they are also trying to increase the age to 18.
Posted 02 May 2008 - 12:59 PM
My 4th year in College I did a sponsored project with General Motors working on a new design of the Saturn Ion. If you've never seen one of those tragically ugly cars, it's got center mounted gauges... ALL OF THEM, there is no mini-pod in front of the driver.... The Scion xA and xB are like this too (not sure what these are called in Europe).
Anyway according to GM the center is actually a more natural location for the gauges, because with the gauges in front of you, you have to look down and sometimes even tilt your head to see them. With the gauges in the center, they're far enough away that they can be read through your peripheral vision while you're eyes are performing their normal scan of the road.
Personally I thought it was complete BS, but GM was convinced that it was a "safer" location for the gauges and that experienced driver didn't like it because it was so drastically different, but NEW drivers would be a lot more accepting which is why GM and Toyota started putting them in cars that are designed to appeal to new drivers...
Oh and good job shifting by engine sound... that's exactly how I drive... though whenever I get into a really quiet car I have to drive by "feel" which means I give it more gass when it feels like it's going to stall
Posted 03 May 2008 - 01:39 PM
you should try come driving in texas. its like nascar, a monster truck rally and a drunken riding lawn mower race all one road.
Posted 03 May 2008 - 04:57 PM
Edited by sabbath_dude, 03 May 2008 - 05:20 PM.
Posted 03 May 2008 - 11:06 PM
I wanna do a Pass+ since I seem to fall a sleep easily at night in a car and on the bus home from uni (I know I'm not driving) but I think it would be good to make sure I'm ok and everything it will also help with insurance costs. And no I wont be one of them bitches that think pass+ make you a better driver. I've been told it takes a year after your test to get the best of all condition experiences.
'm sort of looking at cars now, I'm thinking of buying a car (I got the money for my 21st bday to buy a car it's building interest now) and my mate well he will soon pass 4 years on driving so I could learn from that point of view while driving and I would get used to my own car.
Anyway ill keep this thread like a blog each week of how I'm feeling about it, any problems I have you can help me out. Once again thanks for the advice.
Posted 04 May 2008 - 12:05 AM
I wanna do a Pass+
somethings about pass plus, make sure that your insurance will honour it and make sure that any saving you make on insurance with it is more than what it costs to do the pass plus itself otherwise it's worthless. Also remember that it is only honoured for a year so it's not like ncb where it rolls over year to year.
If your instructor is pushing it on you it's probably so they can get that extra bit of cash from you.
as far as im concerned pass plus is an absolute waste of time and teaches you nothing that that you wouldnt learn from experience alone.
my opinion obviously but see how you feel once you have that pink licence
Posted 04 May 2008 - 12:26 AM
checking mirrors before changing gear
Hmm....I never knew i was supposed to check my mirrors before i shift
Posted 04 May 2008 - 01:35 AM
Hmm....I never knew i was supposed to check my mirrors before i shift
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