Curious.. How long did everyone take to learn to drive ? :D
You really never stop learning Steven! :p015:
Joking aside, I learned fairly quickly [around 6 months before I passed my test if I recall]. This was mainly due to the fact that I had already passed my test on a motor scooter earlier....I was one of the Mods in the 60`s and my scooter was adorned with loads of chrome and mirrors etc....think Quadrophinia [sp?] and that`s about it!
Errrmmmm six months? That was the term of the learner's permit. Had to have the first one for six months before you could get your real license.
I was a whole year!:ashamed008:
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 supposeOriginally Posted by Steven, post: 30911
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
I hated learning as well, or rather I coudn't stand my instructor :rolleyes008:He used to make me stop at petrol stations so he could get sweets! He was a rather large man and therefore I learnt to drive in a massive Nissan Bluebird!
I had my first lesson on my 17th birthday in the Nov and passed in the June at the second attempt. I was so nervous at my first test that my feet kept slipping off the pedals.
LOL! Slowhand! I was referring to my having learned. When I was learning one had to get a learner's permit and have it for six months before taking the test for the actual license.
My Da taught me to drive. I was pretty intimidated by him, and did everything exactly as he said. He told me when he shouted stop! I was to stop immediately. I asked if he meant for me to slam on the brakes, and he said I should respond as if a child had run out in front of me. Soooo, when he shouted STOP! I slammed those brakes to the FLOOR. He flew out of his seat (pre seatbelt days) and "fetched himself right up against the windshield!" I was horrified, but he laughed uproariously and said I had great reflexes. Whew. Scary day.