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Old 20-10-2007   #1
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Okay then .

What cars did you learn to drive in, how long did it take. How many times did it take to pass your test, where did you take it, and who did you learn to drive with.

Learnt with:- JEM driver training (based in Cliffe).

Learnt in:- VW Polo 1.9 SDi (instructors), Ford Fiesta 1.4TDCi (instructors), and my own Corsa 1.3cdti.

Had my test in York, passed first time.

Had my first lesson on my 17th birthday - 15th August 2005, passed January 16th 2006.
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Can't recall too much, some company called Countrywide I think I know my instructor used to spend like 3 months in Thailand, and on my lessons used to reach over and beep at anything in a skirt...

Think it was a Black Fiesta, diesel.

First lesson on 17th birthday, July 1989, 5 weeks of lessons [so 3 per week = 15 lessons], then 4 weeks in the Caribbean back in September, did 3 more lessons or something, passed in September 1989.
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Fiesta diesel secret test cars before they was on sale to the public, they used my instructor to be one of the testers
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Driving School:- Stanmore School of Motoring (long, long since defunct)

Car Learnt In:- 5 door Austin Metro 1.3L (approx. 1985 model).

Area Test Taken in: Pinner/ North Harrow area.

Had my first lesson: June 1986 when I was 17 years old.

Passed Test in: January 1987 while I was still 17 years old (just).

Number of lessons taken: Approximately 30.

N.B. I had no other car to drive/ practice in, had never driven before and also it took months to get a driving test date. My instructor said I was ready after 15 lessons, but after I sent off for my test the date given to me was FIFTEEN WEEKS later! So I had a load of extra lessons to keep my hand in.

I passed first go too

I also go my full motorcycle licence in December 1987 on the second attempt

Can't believe that was all 20 years ago
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Re: Learning to drive

learnt to drive with Melson driving school. he does rallying most weekends. Top bloke.

learnt to drive in his 1.5 diesel clio which i quite liked. but the ac blew up a week before my test.
on the day of my test he turns up outside with a black petrol clio. he said it was a 1.4 but it was rubbish only pulled when it was taken above 3500rpm. it was a much lower spec so the seat wasn't adjustable to what i had got used to, handled differently due to the lack of alloys (and lack of lowering possibly)
and it was also the first time i had driven in rain, and it was pouring!!
and that's my excuses for the 4 minors
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Instructors = Miniscule and JamesAnning.com

Learnt in a Mini One D and a BMW 119d

Time taken = Cant remember, but far too long! Started getting lessons from my dad as soon as I could reach the pedals

Test Area = Tolworth, Surbiton area
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instructors: had two. A-pass4u and a local private one.

learnt to drive in a cooperD and a clio 1.2 16v

took my first lesson 2 days after my birthday. so 20th may to 9 august. less than 3 months. failed first test which was july the 11th.

took my test in clacton on sea
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i learnt in 5 cars lol. my instructor had a nissan micra which he changed for a C3 like 2 lessons before my test (and hence my excuse for failing on a manouver that i'd only practiced in that car a few times )
My mum insured me on her doblo, and i soon bought my own cinq to learn in (smaller - easier to practice manoevers in) but that had an MOT coming up and the rust was gonna cause it to fail IMO, so i got rid of that and bought a punto MK1 to practice in instead.

passed just short of 2 yrs ago. God it seems a lot longer ago than that.
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I cant believe that i passed nearly 2 years ago .

Got 5 minors in my test.
1 - Hesitation at a junction
2 - Lane positioning
3 - Correct use of gears
4 - Use of correct lane at a roundabout
5 - Speed into a slower marked zone
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What cars did you learn to drive in, how long did it take. How many times did it take to pass your test, where did you take it, and who did you learn to drive with.
Mom's Toyota Camry, 5 hours of coaching, once, you all won't know where it is anyway, mom.
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Driving School:- Delter - one man band

Car Learnt In:- purple 5-door corsa 1.4, the old ones

Area Test Taken in: Wanstead (worst pass rate in my area, but low waiting times )

Had my first lesson: May 2005

Passed Test in: August 2005

Number of hours learning: 20

3 minors. One for when I was reversing round a corner and someone came up behind me and stopped, so I went round and did it again like I was briefed to. Still don't know what I did wrong there lol. And 2 for undue hesitation.
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Re: Learning to drive

Started driving aged 12 in my mates back garden

Then aged 15 to 17 in the yard at work every Sunday morning efore opening time.

First time on the public road, 6.30 am on the morning of my 17 birthday (dragged Dad out of bed).

Learnt in my own Sunbeam Stilletto with Graham Young Driving Instructor, practiced in anything that was going.

Turned 17 September 1976, passed 1st time January 1977.

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Instructor - Local School of Motoring.
Car - My own Ford Ka (I miss that car)
10 Lessons, and passed 1st time.
Test Area - Chesterfield.
Didn't bother learning to drive until I was 21, I had a full bike licence since 19.
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Instructor - Local School of Motoring.
Car - My own Ford Ka (I miss that car)
10 Lessons, and passed 1st time.
Test Area - Chesterfield.
Didn't bother learning to drive until I was 21, I had a full bike licence since 19.
I didn't bother either 'till I was about 25. I passed my bike test at 17 and stuck with bikes.
Learnt to drive in my Nans Chevette 1256 ... lovely car but I had a few lessons with a driving school and used their Nissan/Toyota/Jap thingy for the test (can't remember what it was)
passed the bike test 1st time (on an MZ ) in '82 and passed the car test 1st time in about '89.
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Instructor: Martins School of Motoring (Local)
Car: Saxo VTR (Instructors) & Brava SX (Parents)
First lesson I think on or around my birthday (April 99) and passed first time (August 99)
Five minors; 3 Observation, 1 Speeding and 1 Braking
Took my test in Basingstoke. Was 8:40am rush hour and I got the chief examiner!
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