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>> No. 3926 Anonymous
30th August 2017
Wednesday 10:46 pm
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Lads, I'm 24 years old, fresh out of uni working two jobs, how much is it gonna cost me to learn to drive realistically?
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>> No. 3927 Anonymous
30th August 2017
Wednesday 10:53 pm
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>> No. 3928 Anonymous
31st August 2017
Thursday 2:36 pm
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Lads, I'm 34 years old, 18 years ago I got five Cs and a D at GCSE. I've only got one job but I've got a wife and kid too. How much is it gonna cost me to learn to drive realistically? (I have no desire to learn to drive unrealistically).
>> No. 3929 Anonymous
31st August 2017
Thursday 3:06 pm
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Most people on the road drive unrealistically, so don't worry too much about that.
>> No. 3930 Anonymous
31st August 2017
Thursday 3:34 pm
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Those one hour a week arrangements are a con. You'll never pass that way. Do a crash course, get it done in a week or two. It's the difference between taking years and spending faaasands and taking a week or two and spending hundreds.
>> No. 3931 Anonymous
31st August 2017
Thursday 5:34 pm
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One lesson for each year of age is the usual rule of thumb - yes that many. As the previous lad says, if you're not practicing outside of that, then short courses like a week probably won't work.
>> No. 3932 Anonymous
31st August 2017
Thursday 9:05 pm
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I'm surprised by how much prices have gone up since I learnt to drive about 4-5 years ago.
To save money, you can go for block-booking which tends to give a good discount, or you can take advantage of the introductory offers from one instructor or company, then switch to another one when it runs out.

Personally I never liked the look of crash-courses. If you just want to pass as quickly as possible, then yes go for a crash course, but driving is one of those things that takes time to sink in and I reckon 12 hours of lessons over 3 months is better in the long term than passing your test through a crash course and completely forgetting everything a month later.

Also, if you can drive a few different cars while you're learning, it's great experience. Through a series of coincidences my instructor went through 4 different cars in the space of 3 months, plus I had some practice in my moms old Ka too. (In that ka, one of the coils burnt out while I was driving with her once, leaving it running on 3 cylinders. This resulted in 30 minutes of being shouted at to go faster, and her not believing me when I was trying to tell her something was wrong with the car not my driving.)
>> No. 3933 Anonymous
31st August 2017
Thursday 9:26 pm
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I was being serious mate. £500 should do it. Do the block-booking crash courses, and hopefully it won't cost you that much and maybe you will pass first time around. If that doesn't happen. Get a car, insure it and drive around. It is unlikely that you will get stopped, so just drive around for a couple of months, then do some block-booking nonsense.
>> No. 3934 Anonymous
31st August 2017
Thursday 11:30 pm
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I got my motorbike license through an intensive course. I later learned to drive a car through a mix of paid lessons and practice in a friend's car. If you can get the time off work, I'd highly recommend an intensive course over weekly lessons, unless you can get a lot of practice between lessons.

The problem is that your skills and confidence fade between lessons, so a lot of time is spent just getting back to where you were at the end of your last lesson. With an intensive course, there's a continual progression. It's mentally and physically knackering, but I think it's the most effective way to learn.
>> No. 3935 Anonymous
31st August 2017
Thursday 11:37 pm
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Whoa, are you seriously suggesting he commit driving without a licence? Yeah unlikely he'll get stopped but the consequences are too great to risk it.
>> No. 3936 Anonymous
1st September 2017
Friday 12:55 am
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It is very unlikely that you will get stopped (unless the lad is black/brown). He is in a tight spot that I found myself in years ago. If there aren't any real avenues to do this properly, then there is no real choice. I believe learning to drive should be taught at school as something compulsory. It is a necessary skill and it should not be used as some sort of cow to be milked by the industry and government.

A bike is simple, lad.
>> No. 3937 Anonymous
1st September 2017
Friday 1:14 am
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But he only has to take someone with a full licence with him and he's actually learning to drive rather than earning six points and a disqualification.
>> No. 3938 Anonymous
1st September 2017
Friday 1:27 am
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80% is just confidence, which he can get from driving around.
>> No. 3939 Anonymous
1st September 2017
Friday 1:52 am
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This. If you're unsupervised on a provisional, you're driving otherwise. You will also be dead easy for the rozzers to spot unless you're also committing insurance fraud.
>> No. 3940 Anonymous
1st September 2017
Friday 2:15 am
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I did it loads as a kid but there were fewer automated cameras.
>> No. 3941 Anonymous
1st September 2017
Friday 2:16 am
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>A bike is simple, lad.

Motorbikes are far more difficult than cars. There's no traction control, no ABS, two separate brakes and a hand-operated clutch. If you lock the front wheel, you're pretty much guaranteed to crash hard. You have to constantly scan for road hazards that could put you on your arse - a diesel spill, a pothole, a wet road marking or manhole cover, bits of debris. In addition to the standard on-road test bikers have to take an additional bike handling test on a closed course.

If you do cock it up, you don't have a seat belt or air bags to help you. Your only crumple zone is a polystyrene hat. When things go wrong on a bike, they go very wrong very quickly.
>> No. 3943 Anonymous
1st September 2017
Friday 2:37 am
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Thanks lad(s). I was interested in serious responses but also half taking the mick out of OPs idiosyncratic posting style.

I will admit that leaving driving until this late is a pain because getting large blocks of time / days off to commit to intensive courses (I could do an hour or two a day for however long but that's about the limit) is difficult. Also theoretically I could get my wife to sit in the passenger seat while I potter around at 30mph and get road raged at in the Fiat I bought her. That's a good idea thanks for bringing that up.
>> No. 3944 Anonymous
1st September 2017
Friday 4:27 pm
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Mate... It's a bike...

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