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To think I can learn how to drive by June?

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Lemondrizzlee Sat 13-Jan-18 18:39:20

Just that really, and how long did it take you to learn how to drive? And how old were you?

JudiDenchsBloomers Sat 13-Jan-18 18:43:11

I did a week's intensive course with a test at the end of the week and just failed (by one minor!).

Did another three months (lesson every two weeks) passed no problem. You could definitely do it by June. Good luck!

JudiDenchsBloomers Sat 13-Jan-18 18:43:32

I was 22 when I passed.

PurpleDaisies Sat 13-Jan-18 18:45:10

I passed at 17 after three months of once a week two hour lessons. You could definitely do it by June if you invested enough time.

Lemondrizzlee Sat 13-Jan-18 18:46:16

Funny you say that, cuz I've thought about doing the one week course, did you know how to drive before you did the course? I've never driven before, so I'm starting from scratch.

Lemondrizzlee Sat 13-Jan-18 18:48:30

And forgot to ask, did you guys do private practice aswell? Or just the two lessons a week?

JudiDenchsBloomers Sat 13-Jan-18 18:50:03

OP - I hadn't even turned the key in the ignition until my first lesson, so a complete beginner like you. Why June out of interest?

ChinwagCharlieBear Sat 13-Jan-18 18:50:07

YANBU but I think it depends how many lessons you have and for what length of time?

I am learning to drive now, next week will be my fourth lesson. I have a 2 hour lesson once a week. Next week I will be on all normal main roads (the first week was talking, stop/start, the second week was turning left and the third week was turning right) I was absolutely petrified but I am taking to I quickly (I think!)

Good luck, I am sure you can do it!

SuzanneSays Sat 13-Jan-18 18:50:27

I learnt to drive an automatic as I had a deadline to pass for a job. I was 30, had never even sat in the drivers seat and had less than 3 months to learn. I passed first time. Good luck!

SuzanneSays Sat 13-Jan-18 18:51:31

Just practise with instructor

GreatDuckCookery Sat 13-Jan-18 18:51:41

I think it's feasible if you pick it up quickly. It took me 18 months to pass but that's another story! grin

blueskyinmarch Sat 13-Jan-18 18:52:17

My DD2 did one 2 hour lesson a week and did not practice in between and passed in 6 months with no minors. It can be done. (We won''t talk about the 7 attempts it took DD1)

ChinwagCharlieBear Sat 13-Jan-18 18:52:18

I'm the same, have never driven before (I am 22) I don't do private driving but have been in a car park once. I may do private driving soon, probably after next week's lesson.

People have been telling me it'll take about a year, so I'm looking to pass in December, but that seems like a looong time!

Paddybare Sat 13-Jan-18 18:52:39

Did the one week course myself with no previous experience, it was hard work but well worth the outlay as I passed first time. Good luck!

Amanduh Sat 13-Jan-18 18:52:56

I did it in 16 lessons, and only 1.5 hours a week. So yes easily!

Lemondrizzlee Sat 13-Jan-18 18:58:30

JudiDench- I'm hoping to start my business in 6 months time so want my licence by the then. Those of you who've passed within 3 months, any tips for a complete beginner like me? Would be over the moon if I passed within 3 months so that's out of the way. I'm so nervous just thinking about it, would appreciate any tips thanks

lidoshuffle Sat 13-Jan-18 18:58:33

The rule of thumb used to be a lesson per year of age - but the traffic is heavier now, so maybe a few more lessons are needed.

Pengggwn Sat 13-Jan-18 18:59:10

Took me well over a year but it just didn't come naturally. Some people will pass in a couple of months.

dingdongdigeridoo Sat 13-Jan-18 19:00:56

If you can find an instructor with availability then yes. It’s very busy in my area and they can book up months in advance, especially if you need evening and weekend lessons.

BubbaLips Sat 13-Jan-18 19:01:21

i am ghinking about doing the weeks course as well op

Mosaic123 Sat 13-Jan-18 19:01:57

Have double length lessons.

ProseccoPoppy Sat 13-Jan-18 19:05:44

6 months. 1 x 1.5 hour lesson a week and occasional practice round a local disused airfield in between. I was 17. Invest in a decent instructor and maybe two lessons a week if you can, just to be on the safe side (only since you have a particular reason for wanting to pass by a specific date) and you should be absolutely fine. Good luck!

JudiDenchsBloomers Sat 13-Jan-18 19:11:37

Good luck with both Lemondrizzlee smile

JustForThisFred Sat 13-Jan-18 19:14:49

I lived in NZ at the time, where you could (then) get your FULL licence (no restrictions at all) at 15. I turned 15 and had my full licence within 10 weeks, including having to pass my written & oral first. So I think about 7 weeks of driving. I passed both bits first time. My Dad tried to teach me, but for the sake of family harmony, a friend of the family took over 😂 No formal lessons.

Sounds fucking bonkers now 😂 but it was actually good to learn young, you know, while you still know everything and have no fear! I think it’s much harder to learn the older you get, as you think things through more and worry about things that could go wrong.

From friends/here, I suggest you do NOT book a block of lessons until you have had a couple of lessons with an instructor and keep trying new ones until you find one who is good for you. An instructor you don’t click with will really dent your confidence.

Good luck! & Good Luck with your new business.

Llangollen Sat 13-Jan-18 19:15:54

I was 18, it took me nearly 3 months, with 2 x 1.5 hour lessons per week. Last 2 weeks I took 3 x 1 (or 1.5? hours, can't remember) lessons per week.
I think the key is to do it regularly. You are better off waiting until you have enough money, than taking one lesson here and there.

If you find an instructor, and get a slot for your tests, and you are not snowed in it's totally doable by June.

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