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    I had one lesson a week for the first month, then two a week for the second and third month, and passed mid way through the fourth month.

    In general, they recommend you take 30 hours worth of lessons, unless you pick it up real quick. It took my sister 2 years and 5 tests to pass.

    Scary thing is, she's a waaaaaayyyy better driver than me now!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkE, post: 31559
    I had one lesson a week for the first month, then two a week for the second and third month, and passed mid way through the fourth month.

    In general, they recommend you take 30 hours worth of lessons, unless you pick it up real quick. It took my sister 2 years and 5 tests to pass.

    Scary thing is, she's a waaaaaayyyy better driver than me now!!
    I had 17 hours of intense driving instruction over 13 days to get my license! Not sure what the laws are now, but that was what I needed to pass the test and drive safely! :)

    Almost no other behind-the-wheel practice before obtaining my driver's license. One of our tenants moved out and we were headed to the house early one Sunday morning to begin the clean-up operation. Very quiet out, so my father suggested that I drive. I made it to the fire station about two blocks from the house (about 15 minutes from where we lived). Pulled into the alley and told my father I would walk from there, thank you!

    That was the only time I drove with my father in the car until I was in my mid-twenties--and he was too ill to drive himself!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taja, post: 31566
    I had 17 hours of intense driving instruction over 13 days to get my license! Not sure what the laws are now, but that was what I needed to pass the test and drive safely! :)
    I'm fairly sure thats all my 18 year old step sister had to get her licence.

    No offence to ANY of our american friends on here, but learning to drive over here is WAAAAYYYYY harder than in the states. If for no other reason than using a gear stick! Our TEST (after months of learning) takes an hour!!!

    And I generally feel the standard is higher over here. Dad always joked when he first moved to PA that all he had to do to get a US licence was drive 100 yards in a straight line without spilling his coffee or dialling a wrong number!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith, post: 30928
    Just a few weeks! I HATED having driving lessons, all the "do it this way" stuff made me grrrrrrrrrr so I had double lessons and anything I could do to get it over with. I'd been practising for months beforehand though in Mum's car so it wasn't exactly JUST a few weeks I suppose

    I took the test and was sooooo nervous my foot was shaking. The lady examiner was very strict and not in the least friendly and we had a few erm, interesting instances along the way I felt I was doing great then we went into a really old industrial estate thing with overgrown mossy roads and lots of unmarked crossroads. One of them I just didnt see because of the hedges and she stopped the car using the second set of brakes and started scribbling. I thought ok great thats that then :rolleyes008:

    Later we went onto this busy road and she said back into that road there. Well there was a sweeping corner and a load of warehouses behind it, and limited visibility round the corner. As I started to back up verrrrry slowly, then a huge truck appeared round the corner and whizzed past beeping. Then another, then another, then another I just about managed to do it after that.

    Then after being totally messed up by all that we went along the road and she said "ok when I hit the dashboard with my clipboard I want you to break as you would in an emergency, the next thing you hear will be that instruction...... STOP" and there was literally just a couple of seconds gap. so that rattled me

    We get back and she said "Im pleased to inform you that you've passed" well I couldnt really believe it. Worst drive of my life either before OR since. After a few seconds I thought well Im not sure what to say now, we both know it was an awful drive so I think perhaps I'll try and explain that I know it wasnt great so I said "erm do you have any advice for me, things I could/should improve?" and she turned to me and with this really withering glare said coldly "if I thought THAT then I would not have passed you" got out and walked off

    Not the best day of my life I must admit
    And without further ado she hopped onto her broom and flew away....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crayola DeVille, post: 31660
    And without further ado she hopped onto her broom and flew away....
    yes I did hear tales later that year of a small house having landed on her and some sparkly shoes sticking out
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkE, post: 31586
    I'm fairly sure thats all my 18 year old step sister had to get her licence.

    No offence to ANY of our american friends on here, but learning to drive over here is WAAAAYYYYY harder than in the states. If for no other reason than using a gear stick! Our TEST (after months of learning) takes an hour!!!

    And I generally feel the standard is higher over here. Dad always joked when he first moved to PA that all he had to do to get a US licence was drive 100 yards in a straight line without spilling his coffee or dialling a wrong number!!
    Now I know why Arizona drivers are so bad! They don't even have to take a written test of state driving laws if they have been previously licensed in another state!

    Mark, I'm a fossil. We had to take a road test, parallel park on flat streets and hills (proper technique required), drive on busy streets, side streets, stop (gently) on command, left turns (no universal lanes or left turn lanes in those days!), right turns, U-turns (illegal in most places, but required on the test) and a few other things I've forgotten over the years. It took a good 45 minutes, plus another hour or so to actually be issued the temporary license.

    Most of my peers had about 4 hours of driver training--actual behind-the-wheel instruction at school. I had to learn quickly, so my parents paid for my training and I logged more hours than most. The goal was safe driving--quickly! My final road trip was three hours of freeways, hills, canyons, beach roads (Pacific Coast Highway, for anyone familiar with southern Callifornia) and a bunch of other places that were simpler to navigate.

    I definitely would flunk a test in the UK--never have learned to drive a vehicle with manual transmission. Can't begin to think why anyone would--although many do!

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