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05-08-03, 15:20
Hey everyone!

So, today, I had my first driving lesson. I really enjoyed it and I was just wondering about you guys when you learned/are learning to drive.

How many lessons with an instructor did you have before you took your theory and practical tests? I'm just wondering, because I have no idea how long I expect to be with this guy before I have a shot at the test. I know it's different for every person, obviously, which is why I'm asking how many lessons you took. So I can get some kind of average or something.

Thanks for the help! Also, anything funny happen to you when you were learning to drive? :D

05-08-03, 15:25
To speed things up why not go out to a big parking lot that is not being used and drive around for a while just to get used to turning corners and parking, etc..

That was how I learned to drive a stick (standard transmission). It took awhile to get used to the clutch and shifting to the different gears.

05-08-03, 15:31
Yep I'll be doing that with my dad between lessons but I'm ok with getting used to things.

I'm just wondering how many lessons people generally have before they take the test, with an instructor. How many hours of learning it takes.

I'm learning in a manual too :D I managed to get up into 3rd gear in the lesson, although I have NO idea how fast that is. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

05-08-03, 15:34
I m not old enough for a car. but Did you do well In your test. were you really nervous or just calm?

Stephen Trent
05-08-03, 15:36
ur first driving lesson always goes well, but on my 3rd i had to turn a corner for the first time and i almost hit a bus :(

05-08-03, 16:03
I just got in and went...

Raider Ranger
05-08-03, 16:09
I think I had about 14 lessons before I actually took the test, I passed 1st time. On my very first lesson I drove all around town and round the "magic roundabout". It's a large roundabout with lots of little ones around that. Most people don't like going around it because they say it's complicated, but if you follow the highway code there's no problem. Good luck with your lessons. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

05-08-03, 18:31
Originally posted by Draco:
I just got in and went...That's easy for you Draco, you drive in the desert ;)

05-08-03, 18:37

05-08-03, 18:41
Originally posted by Kaminari:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by Draco:
I just got in and went...That's easy for you Draco, you drive in the desert ;) </font>[/QUOTE]Heh...

Vegas may be a desert, but San Diego isn't... :cool:

05-08-03, 18:47
Well, I remember learning to drive a stick, I was basically forced to learn :( I had this really huge meeting with my professor and if I did not make it I was screwed, anyhoo....my car was not working and no time to catch the train, so I got in my mate's car and drove it!

The poor car, I grinded the clutch the whole way, and on my way home I waited in a park for three hours just so there would be no traffic back home, my friend was so mad, he said I could have blew the transmission up, oh well!

~Kasia http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/cutie.gif

Melonie Tomb Raider
05-08-03, 18:49
I am not taking lessons, my parents are just teaching me. hehe

Stephen Trent
05-08-03, 18:51
hehe, when i told my mate i was starting to drive about a year ago now, he letpark his car in this car park, but i accidently ditched it and when we got out to pull it out i ran off and left him, :D

05-08-03, 18:54
Here it's a plus if you do the theoretical test before you even get behind the wheel!

I started out in an old industrial neighbourhood at night so there was a "city" but without traffic. I also started with an automatic, to get used to turning and possitioning the car and all that. I later moved over to the stick-shift.

I drove alot with my parents and sister before I took any lessons. Found that much cheaper than taking a whole lot of lessons... http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

Stephen Trent
05-08-03, 18:56
whats driving an automatic like???
-is it harder then a manual?

05-08-03, 19:04
It was confusing, hard getting from a stop position but it is so much more fun to drive a stick, especially in a sporty car http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif

~Kasia http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/cutie.gif

05-08-03, 19:06
I'd say an automatic is easier, but a manual is so much more fun!

Stephen Trent
05-08-03, 19:14

05-08-03, 19:15
How true, Nat :D

05-08-03, 19:41
I passed my test third time round about 10 years ago. I hate automatics, my partner has got a people carrier and that is an auto I hate it. Iv'e got a rover 420sli it goes like hot snot :cool: Even though it's a little old now I won't change it for anything less than a Lotus. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/yikes.gif

Stephen Trent
05-08-03, 19:44
hehe :D

05-08-03, 21:18
Originally posted by Stephen Trent:
ur first driving lesson always goes well, but on my 3rd i had to turn a corner for the first time and i almost hit a bus :( Your THIRD? I had my first lesson today and he had me turning corners about 10 times, parking, changing up and down gears, the lot. I was surprised I had to do so much on the first lesson.

I love manuals (a stick), I'd never drive an automatic for my first car even though they're a million times easier to use. I just like manuals a lot.

05-08-03, 22:59
Hi LauraKR17
It is a good idea to become comfortable with a manual, that way anything else you drive will be easily learned. The only difficulty for some people, myself included, is parallel parking.
As Trinity suggested, practice in an empty lot. Maybe bring some soft items with you and stand them up on the lot. Use them as guidelines for polishing your parallel parking technique.
Good luck

06-08-03, 19:06
Thanks for the advice, Isabella, and everyone else!

I'm DEFINITELY learning in, and buying, a manual car.

A friend who's had 30+ lessons tried to explain to me what parallel parking was, with a couple of toy cars (which someone gave me for my birthday to take the rip lol). I didn't get it. I'll have to get my dad to explain!

Gonna book a double lesson, as a friend advised. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

lara corft12345678910
07-08-03, 03:35
I'm not old enought to drive I'm only 9 years old http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/yuck.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/whistle.gif :rolleyes:

07-08-03, 03:38
I might have to relearn how to drive a stick-shift if I get a Jeep. ;)

So where is this manual that you speak of Bella? ;) http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

07-08-03, 04:16
Getting my motorcycle license was far more challenging than the regular automobile tests.

07-08-03, 16:14
I've always wanted to know this. How on earth do you learn to ride a motorbike? It's not like in a car where your instructor sits next to you and has dual controls. Can someone explain it? They don't sit on the back of your bike, I take it. Do they ride on a seperate bike near you, or what? :confused:

07-08-03, 16:21
I started off with off road motorcycles. Never really fell, unless I was doing something crazy. It is just something you jump into. from there, I bought a 500cc street bike, then an 1150cc.
You learn as you go.

lara corft12345678910
07-08-03, 16:43
I have a game called roadrash jail break and I always play it when they ride it the speed has to be the same as the cars I don't know if they need a liscence, but the motorbike costs like 500 or over a tousened but some motorbikes are so expensive they like over 20,000$ dollars, heee did you know that there is a website callde greatgames it is kind of a website but not really a good one http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/music2.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/music2.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/music2.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/music2.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/music1.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/music1.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/music1.gif

07-08-03, 17:16
I started learning drive at around 19 years of age......
And I hated every minute of it - I failed the test 3 times (it was just one practical test in England then), simply because I was not interested in it at all. Nor did I enjoy going out for my lessons. :mad:

It was a chore as far as I was concerned, but it was something I had to do to further myself in the job I was in at the time. Damn it!

I still HATE driving to this day...but its vital to my job so I have to do it!

If you like your lessons and try hard, Im sure you will fly through the test when it comes around....unlike me

:eek: :eek:

07-08-03, 20:00
Originally posted by Celli:
I might have to relearn how to drive a stick-shift if I get a Jeep. ;)

They do make some automatic Jeeps, But where is the fun in that? ;)
Celli, learning how to drive a stick is easy. Just practice with someone and start out on some side roads.

07-08-03, 23:25
Notice, I said relearn. ;) Meaning, I know how to drive one already, just need someone to refreshen my memory. ;) http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

07-08-03, 23:40
It's like riding a bike http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

07-08-03, 23:49
Except you really don't want to go into a ditch..... http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/yikes.gif

08-08-03, 00:01
Originally posted by Celli:
Notice, I said relearn. ;) Meaning, I know how to drive one already, just need someone to refreshen my memory. ;) http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif Rev it up do about 3500 and drop the clutch. I assure you it won't stall out. ;)

08-08-03, 01:08
Originally posted by Deano:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by Celli:
Notice, I said relearn. ;) Meaning, I know how to drive one already, just need someone to refreshen my memory. ;) http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif Rev it up do about 3500 and drop the clutch. I assure you it won't stall out. ;) </font>[/QUOTE]http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

08-08-03, 01:11
my dad took me to drive his car everyyy Sunday before i got my permit http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif his car was a stick shift too :D i want his car sooo bad.. but i got a yucky old automatic...

12-08-03, 16:12
Argh had to dig my thread up for a rant.

Just had my 2nd ever driving lesson, and it didn't go as well as the first since I totally ballsed this junction up. I was pulling out to the left, and I was trying so hard not to hit these dumb double parked cars that I totally didn't turn at all and ended up in the middle of the damn road! It was SO EMBARRASSING!!!! Then I turned way too quickly out of panic, took my foot off the clutch way too fast and it made this horrible noise, and I ended up almost going up someone's driveway on the side of the road I'd come from. Then he was going "turn TURN!!!!" and I didn't know which way (panic ok lol) and I was so mortified! There was also this damn car coming in the other direction making things 100 times worse.

My 3 point turns went fine, but that bit totally wrecked my confidence and I feel so bad!

Can anyone else cheer me up by sharing what they did wrong when they learned?! It'd be appreciated! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/redface.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/redface.gif

12-08-03, 16:35
U think they have ur driving instructer set in one of those thing that attach 2 the motorcycle http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/music1.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/music2.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/music2.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/music1.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/music1.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/music2.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/lei.gif

12-08-03, 16:52
Hehe, the instructor in a sidecar... :D

12-08-03, 17:06
Hahahha I'm laughing just thinking about the instructor doing that :D

Come on guys, you must have some funny story to share :D

12-08-03, 17:37
When I took my part 1 test for my motorbike, that was 14 years ago, I fell off doing the figure of eight, but in those days I had to wait one hour and I was allowed to retake and passed it.

Boy I must get a motorbike again, sitting in a car is so boring. Mind you I would need a refresher been 11 years since I was last on one.

Good luck with the lessons, keep vigilant the more you are aware what is happening around you the safer you will be. Look at those idoits on the roads they drive to fast for the road condiotns and to close to one another. Take care

12-08-03, 17:42
Ooooh I don't feel as bad now!

I wanted a motorbike but I don't see how you learn at all. Think I'm dangerous enough in a car since I speeded today.. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/redface.gif

Thanks Neil!

12-08-03, 17:59
Riding a motorbike is all about balance just like a push bike except that its heavier and got an engine that does the work for you.

12-08-03, 18:58
I don't think I ever go the speed limit...

12-08-03, 19:07
If you need to speed the best palec to do it legally is on one of those day at the race track things. I had one for my 30th and it was great fun racing a formula 1 car round Brands Hatch at 100mph. And as you so low to the ground it seems much faster. One day I am going to get a motorbike, once I have paid the morgatage off, and race that round a race track I don't think you beat that for thrills.

By the way I am sensible person on the road, and enviromentally friendly no heavy foot to the floor unnecesary braking and I use 100% bio-diesel. But give me the race track and I am a spped freak.

But remember DRIVE CAREFULLY and be COSIDERATE to other road users just think of them all as complete idiotd who don't know what they are doing and you God wiilling will be safe

13-08-03, 01:43
I didn't even mean to speed at all, didn't even know I was doing. Was my first time in 3rd gear and the limit was 30mph.

I feel like a really ****py driver when I inch real slow round corners though, although I know it has to be done.

13-08-03, 08:07
Don't worry LauraK we all have to learn and as you are not going over the speed limit , no one else can which is what the speed limit is for a limit not a minimium speed. Once you get the hang of it you will be ok think positive you can do it.

Also it is worth taking some extra lessons on how to drive on a motorway after you pass your test I did and it opened my eyes up jsut look at the distance people leave betwwen them whn they are going 70mph+ no chance to stop at 30mph let alone anything fatser.

13-08-03, 08:13
I take corners at 20 to 30 mph...

Im always squeeling the tires... http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/mischievous.gif

13-08-03, 08:15
Are you tires set at the right pressure?

13-08-03, 08:21

All Season Tires + Desert(dry)/108F temp * 30mph ^ 90 deg turn - foot to floor = squeeling tires...

13-08-03, 08:27
Ah foot to the floor thats you problem ease of the gas take it easy.

13-08-03, 16:36
I hate motorways, at least being a passenger on them. Mainly the slip roads.

Nearly got crushed by a huge truck carrying like 6 cars on top on some dodgy sliproad. Scared the life out of me. :eek:

Taking motorway lessons after you've passed sounds like a great idea!

13-08-03, 22:01
Originally posted by neil4768:
Ah foot to the floor thats you problem ease of the gas take it easy.I do it on purpose... http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

13-08-03, 22:04
So you an attention seeker

13-08-03, 23:05