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    Hi all, need some advice. I have started learning to drive 6 months back. I have done nearly 50 classes. I think I can drive fine though not perfect as desired by my instructor. Also till now I have only done turn in the road which I can do fine though not prefect by my driving instructor. Not done any other manoeuvre. He has not even given any indication of when I can schedule my test. Every week I think I am just wasting my money. Should I change the instructor? What should I do?
    50 lessons in and you've still done no other manoeuvres than the turn in the road?
    I know it all depends on what instructor you're using but I was made to learn them all after 4 lessons - and I still haven't passed. That says a lot about my ability!

    Personally, I feel your instructor is just there to take your money. He doesn't sound much good.
    It's very hard to get a perfect drive; you tend to make at least one minor mistake a lesson, so why you're instructor's waiting for a completely perfect drive is beyond me.

    I'd change your instructor. Could you maybe insure a family member's car to learn? Or ask friends if they could recommend another instructor?
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    Yeah, that sounds like a ripoff. I learned all the manoeuvres in the very first few lessons and practiced thereafter. I know how it feels, but at this point it's still best for you to change instructor or ask him to actually help you with the remaining manoeuvres and get yourself done with them.
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    Failed my driving test! Literally 5 minutes away from heading back to the test centre. Didn't see driver on the right at a mini roundabout, caused them to brake on the roundabout. Oh well! Have booked another one
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    Below is what my original rant was going to be...
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    "How dare there be 'undue hesitation' on the mark sheet. If ever there was a money making scam, that would be it! Can you guess why I failed? Too cautious when joining a dual carriageway and stopping when I didn't need to. £132 out of pocket (includes childminder fee). Rage rage rage"


    Then, I went to lie down for 10/15 minutes and trawled the internet for failure quotes and found this one...


    'Failure is the first step to success'


    It didn't immediately put a smile on my face (which I do now have btw) but it did put things in to perspective. I'm not a failure and neither is anyone else. It's just the situations we end up in. Okay, it doesn't help that, the money spent to pass could have been put towards clothes, shoes, PS games, a weekend break away, food shopping for the next few weeks etc haha. I have got over that by thinking the money is a 'gift' to myself to have the opportunity to become a qualified driver.


    It was my first attempt and I can't promise to be so enlightening if I get to test number 4!


    I forgot where I was going with this. Oh yes, negative energies thrive so turn that frown upside down and be grateful for every good thing you have in your life.


    Good luck to everyone x
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    Honestly guys, hang in there. I had to take my test 9 times! I made a video about the experience and driving in general if you want to give it a watch! x

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnrzzmrEakc
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    Just failed my first test arghhh 10 minutes out pulled in to the left without looking which i understood totally....it was the way he was speaking to me like i was a child and really condescending especially when joining the dual he was pushing me to go before i'd done my checks he was like 'he's not going to wait forever' which totally put me off then he was pushing me to overtake a cyclist between junctions/golf course entrances, on a bend just before a bridge and a hill....i mean i've been there with my instructor and as i spoke it over with him he was like really ?? So frustrating but ahh well i will still get my car on friday they will just have to deliver it instead!! I ended up with 10 faults altogether 2 for Gears, 1 for mirrors changing direction (the serious i knew i'd made) 3 for appropriate speed which he turned into a serious, 3 for undue hesitation which he didn't turn into a serious and one for awareness/planning which isn't a whole lot to fix just really annoying. Good Luck everyone else
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    (Original post by Justin122)
    Failed today. Examiner was getting ready to get out the pass certificate but as I drove into the test centre I almost hit one of the poles next to the gates. I got a serious fault for steering.


    Remember this? I passed today!!!!
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    (Original post by Justin122)
    Remember this? I passed today!!!!
    Congratulations!
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    Well I just failed for the second time today, 2 serious faults, one for driving in the right lane when I should have been in the left lane unless I needed to turn right, but I knew the route I was given so I was staying in the right lane to be prepared x_x And the second fault was that I was driving at 40mph on the A1000 (a country road with the national speed limit), I was driving at 40mph because there were loads of turns and oncoming traffic on the narrow road, and just when I was about to speed up, like 12 cars over took me giving me no chance to get to an acceptable speed. Overall this time I ended up with 13 minor and 2 major faults.

    I honestly thought I had passed unlike my first test where I stalled twice at green lights and pulled out of a T junction too soon because I was worried about losing a mark for hesitancy. I'm not sure how long I should wait until taking the test again but according to my instructor I failed because of the following reasons; Since the first test I had only taken 6 hours of lessons, I was fasting (Ramadan) and the test time was at 7:07am and I only had an hours sleep.

    I also wanted to know anyone's opinion on my serious faults this time around, I never realised it was a 'major' fault to go 40mph in a 70, and also the lane issue, to me, didn't seem like a big problem.

    Good luck to anyone taking their test soon!
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    The speed limit is the recommended maximum speed you can go up to. You should be travelling close to the speed limit if road conditions and weather conditions allow you to do so. Holding up the traffic is indeed a major fault.

    As for lane positioning, never assume the route you're likely going to be driving on. Yes, you might be spot on but that's not what the examiner wants to know. At the beginning they say they'd like you to follow the road ahead unless markings tell you otherwise. That's the clue. Always use the lane for going ahead, unless they tell you otherwise (or follow the road markings where they apply).

    Easy things to correct. You shouldn't have any problem. Also, if you're fasting and haven't slept, you are unlikely to perform well. Next time book it for a more appropriate time.
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    Hey Everyone,

    I passed my road test today, second attempt, but am a little confused. I took the test in N.Y. and was naturally super nervous the whole time. So I drove really cautiously because I could tell that the instructor wanted to fail me. She kept telling me that I was driving too slow, meanwhile the speed limit was 25-30 and I probably averaged like 21-27. She also shouted at me, and was excessively rude the whole time.
    None of this saved before, so I'll give the short version of what happened:
    Stopped at red light and told to make a left turn. It's a four-way intersection and and I do not have the right-of-way. The light turns green and BEFORE I start going I look around to make sure nobody is coming straight across from me, because then THEY would have the right-of-way. This took maybe about 2 seconds. No cars behind me. The instructor starts literally screaming "GREEN MEANS GO!"
    At one point, I signaled another driver to go even though I had the right-of-way. This was my biggest fault and she yelled at me for going 21mph on a 25mph residential road. She was terrible and I have no doubt in my mind that she was trying to play on my nerves and make me rush and do something incorrectly.
    Anyways, I could tell she was agitated when I did the 3-point turn well and the parallel parking well. I always checked blind spots and signaled correctly. However, she screamed at me again when I attempted to apply the emergency brake when I was parked on the curb. She said, "I TOLD YOU BEFORE YOU NEVER NEED THE EMERGENCY BRAKE!"...verbatim...
    Sorry for this rant, and I know I sound a little ridiculous, but I seriously think she was mad at me or something else because she tried her hardest to fail me.
    Anyway, here's where I'm concerned. I pull to the curb, and before I'm even at the curb, she is already telling me to stop the car. She says I passed and hands me the temp license, yells at me for impeding traffic by being too cautious, which is 15 negative points. If I were to get any negative points, those would be the only ones SHE could justify. If I had any other instructor I would not have had that problem. Anyways, there are two other negative point values on the temp license. One says "stopping" and the other, "observing" both have a 10 negative point value association and they appear to be separate offences on the temp license. This would add up to 35 points, which would mean I failed. She didn't talk to my father, which she would have had I failed, and didn't say anything else to me. I'm am really concerned because I don't want my license to be revoked because of her mistake. If she said I passed, and I have the temp licensed signed, my dad says I should be getting the photo-license in the mail. I'm assuming everything went through, because I did not receive a phone call saying my license was revoked because I had 35 negative points. But at no point in the test did I fail to stop or fail to observe, so I'm assuming she tried to sneak those points in there to fail me, realized that I didn't actually deserve them and "accidentally" left them on the ticket. Had I failed to stop or failed to observe, she probably would have addressed the issue and told me what I did wrong. However, the only part of my driving that she complained about was hesitancy. She said I passed, and I have the temp license, so I'm praying that I don't have to go through any of this again.
    Let me know what you guys think, and THANKS SO MUCH for putting up with my rant. I'm just nervous.
    To all those taking the test, just remember that it's a stupid test and it's 50 percent luck and 50 percent practice.
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    (Original post by CJG108)
    Hey Everyone,

    I passed my road test today, second attempt, but am a little confused. I took the test in N.Y. and was naturally super nervous the whole time. So I drove really cautiously because I could tell that the instructor wanted to fail me. She kept telling me that I was driving too slow, meanwhile the speed limit was 25-30 and I probably averaged like 21-27. She also shouted at me, and was excessively rude the whole time.
    None of this saved before, so I'll give the short version of what happened:
    Stopped at red light and told to make a left turn. It's a four-way intersection and and I do not have the right-of-way. The light turns green and BEFORE I start going I look around to make sure nobody is coming straight across from me, because then THEY would have the right-of-way. This took maybe about 2 seconds. No cars behind me. The instructor starts literally screaming "GREEN MEANS GO!"
    At one point, I signaled another driver to go even though I had the right-of-way. This was my biggest fault and she yelled at me for going 21mph on a 25mph residential road. She was terrible and I have no doubt in my mind that she was trying to play on my nerves and make me rush and do something incorrectly.
    Anyways, I could tell she was agitated when I did the 3-point turn well and the parallel parking well. I always checked blind spots and signaled correctly. However, she screamed at me again when I attempted to apply the emergency brake when I was parked on the curb. She said, "I TOLD YOU BEFORE YOU NEVER NEED THE EMERGENCY BRAKE!"...verbatim...
    Sorry for this rant, and I know I sound a little ridiculous, but I seriously think she was mad at me or something else because she tried her hardest to fail me.
    Anyway, here's where I'm concerned. I pull to the curb, and before I'm even at the curb, she is already telling me to stop the car. She says I passed and hands me the temp license, yells at me for impeding traffic by being too cautious, which is 15 negative points. If I were to get any negative points, those would be the only ones SHE could justify. If I had any other instructor I would not have had that problem. Anyways, there are two other negative point values on the temp license. One says "stopping" and the other, "observing" both have a 10 negative point value association and they appear to be separate offences on the temp license. This would add up to 35 points, which would mean I failed. She didn't talk to my father, which she would have had I failed, and didn't say anything else to me. I'm am really concerned because I don't want my license to be revoked because of her mistake. If she said I passed, and I have the temp licensed signed, my dad says I should be getting the photo-license in the mail. I'm assuming everything went through, because I did not receive a phone call saying my license was revoked because I had 35 negative points. But at no point in the test did I fail to stop or fail to observe, so I'm assuming she tried to sneak those points in there to fail me, realized that I didn't actually deserve them and "accidentally" left them on the ticket. She said I passed, and I have the temp license, so I'm praying that I don't have to go through any of this again.
    Let me know what you guys think, and THANKS SO MUCH for putting up with my rant. I'm just nervous.
    To all those taking the test, just remember that it's a stupid test and it's 50 percent luck and 50 percent practice.
    I really can't give much help as the rules of the road here are completely different, for example at the 4 way intersection, if you were turning left you Would have had the right of way here. But in my test which I failed I had minors for things I felt certain I didn't do; like I had one for observation during my manoeuvre, but I did all the observations. Same with an overtake I did, I got a minor for signalling too early, although I had no intention of pulling in until the gap was bigger. But the thing is the examiner had to know that you were doing these things, so that any passenger or other road user feels safe. Although I wouldn't have pulled in if it was unsafe on an overtake, the driver behind me doesn't know that and might think ill cut him off. Same way if you are slow on a intersection or if you take a long time to stop the car; you may know why you're doing but other drivers will see you as hesitant; creating a hazard.
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    Have my first driving lesson next wednesday! So anxious and excited at the same time!

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