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    (Original post by Great Lord Xenu)
    I like the fact that TSR users refer to each other as "brothers" now.
    welcome to the cult.
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    Sorry but you should not be allowed on the road.
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    (Original post by shinytoy)
    look man, i improved and i passed. OK???? :mad:
    But you didn't. You admitted yourself many times in this thread and previous ones that you haven't improved. You didn't have any lessons between your last fail and this pass. You just got lucky because your examiner was too busy looking out of the window. Do you not understand how dangerous you passing is?
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    Hi All,

    I have followed Shinytoy's driving adventures with a mixture of interest and astonishment over the last few weeks and have contributed a few times when I have felt that I have something to offer. I am really not sure about the veracity of everything that has been posted but the trusting part of me hopes that it is all on the level and I try very hard to take what is posted at face value although I don't find it easy sometimes because there are a number of inconsistencies along the way.

    I hope that this is not a troll, an activity which I actually find quite distasteful. I prefer to think that it is not. Maybe I am just very naive but I hate the thought that I have spent time and effort answering people's concerns about driving in vain.

    If you have indeed passed your test (and I hope you have) I trust that you will take the good advice offered in this thread regarding additional training to bring yourself up to a competent standard at all times.

    Best Wishes to you
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    In answer to your original question, any gift or expression of thanks is absolutely fantastic, particularly when it is unexpected. Personally, I think your gift is a little OTT but if it fits your personality, what is wrong with it? Your instructor may feel a little uncomfortable though...
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    (Original post by Emma-Ashley)
    Hi All,

    I have followed Shinytoy's driving adventures with a mixture of interest and astonishment over the last few weeks and have contributed a few times when I have felt that I have something to offer. I am really not sure about the veracity of everything that has been posted but the trusting part of me hopes that it is all on the level and I try very hard to take what is posted at face value although I don't find it easy sometimes because there are a number of inconsistencies along the way.

    I hope that this is not a troll, an activity which I actually find quite distasteful. I prefer to think that it is not. Maybe I am just very naive but I hate the thought that I have spent time and effort answering people's concerns about driving in vain.

    If you have indeed passed your test (and I hope you have) I trust that you will take the good advice offered in this thread regarding additional training to bring yourself up to a competent standard at all times.

    Best Wishes to you
    why is it inconsistant? i have always said i am a poor driver, and i have recorded all my many fails on tsr. and im not the only person who has taken over 6 tests.
    and i HAVE passed my test on Saturday, i dont see why people would find this hard to believe (i had a hard time believing it myself ) i mean there must be many drivers who wing the test or get lucky. and i mean, the test is a minimum standard, right? so even bad drivers who pass have already met the minimum required standard. if i was a 17 y/o yob i wold take this as free reign to get a dodgy souped up car and drive recklessly around myneighbourhood.
    but i am hoping to pass plus sometime soon when i get a car.

    anyhoww my blue certificate is on my wall now to show i have passed. not many people are happy for me, because every week they were like "meh another test. better luck than last week." then "you failed again? meh get another one next week" people are scared i have passed and wont go in a car with me until i pass plus. im worried cos pass plus is only 2 hours log, how can i improve in just 2 hours??

    (Original post by Emma-Ashley)
    In answer to your original question, any gift or expression of thanks is absolutely fantastic, particularly when it is unexpected. Personally, I think your gift is a little OTT but if it fits your personality, what is wrong with it? Your instructor may feel a little uncomfortable though...
    yeah thats fine, he will like it and anyhow i dont need to see him again unless i do PP with him. do people get you gifts? i think he will understand since he went with me to 5 of my tests, and did crazy stuff like giving me a 6 hour long lesson before my ipswich test which i failed, or booking me in for last minute cancellations
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    You have the wrong attitude, which unfortunately a lot of people do - that is 'as long as I can pass the test that's all that matters'.

    No one is an excellent driver, no one will ever drive flawlessly.

    I hope you get extra training, whether that be motorway lessons, pass plus, or some random lessons with your instructor, it sounds like you need it not because others think your unsafe, but YOU have admitted that you passed your test purely based on the fact your examiner couldn't care less it seems.

    Every single person is different. Some people never drive, some people drive and learn it very quickly, others take years. Don't feel embarrassed by it, but please do get extra training.
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    Your keys?
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    (Original post by shinytoy)
    do you think i will always be a terrible driver? ive had 4 hours a week for one and a half years. i have to drive cos of work. i dont know what to do. it seems no matter how many lessons i have i dont get any better.

    im scared of my own driving. on the way to the test centre on the day i passed, the instrucotr had to use the dual controls twice. its my spatial awareness. i just cant judge things very well and it isnt getting any better. i dont know what to do im pretty sure i will have an accident.

    im gonna do pass plus for sure, but thats only 2 hours long of night driving in a motorway. im not gonna improve in 2 hours. what can you advise? i cant really phone up a driving school and say hey i just passed but i need more lessons, can i ? and what if i secretly have dypraxia or something which is why im so terrible?
    Pass Plus would be good experience, but I would also advise that you contact your local IAM or RoADAR who are able to give you less formal training over a much longer period.

    http://www.iam.org.uk/iamgroupsdirectory/

    http://www.roadar.org/groups/index.htm (more info at http://www.roadar.org/drivers/how/index.htm)

    Or of course you could keep having lessons with your instructor. Personally I am astounded at your hit and miss approach to your tests having no lessons in between them. I mean, seriously?? Having no lessons or practise in between multiple driving tests. You just kept taking them in the hope that one day you'd randomly pass one, and you did.

    GET SOME EXTRA TRAINING BEFORE YOU HURT SOMEONE

    I still maintain that you are a troll however
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    (Original post by shinytoy)
    im worried cos pass plus is only 2 hours log, how can i improve in just 2 hours??
    This is the 2nd time you have stated this figure - I let it go last time because I thought it was a typo. Passplus is a minimum of 6 hours extra tuition, not 2, and it is down to the instructor whether you pass or not.
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    (Original post by Emma-Ashley)
    This is the 2nd time you have stated this figure - I let it go last time because I thought it was a typo. Passplus is a minimum of 6 hours extra tuition, not 2, and it is down to the instructor whether you pass or not.
    no my instructor told me pass plus covers:
    - country roads
    - motorways
    - night driving
    - bad weather if possible

    and you need 2 hours of each.

    so he said he can do me a single 2 hour lesson @ £50 which is driving at night on motorways and country roads, which would be ok to tick all the boxes of pass plus.
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    I would have thought the 20 odd quid you hand over at the end of each lesson plenty good enough as a gift without spending more money?
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    (Original post by TheFatController)
    Pass Plus would be good experience, but I would also advise that you contact your local IAM or RoADAR who are able to give you less formal training over a much longer period.

    http://www.iam.org.uk/iamgroupsdirectory/

    http://www.roadar.org/groups/index.htm (more info at http://www.roadar.org/drivers/how/index.htm)

    Or of course you could keep having lessons with your instructor. Personally I am astounded at your hit and miss approach to your tests having no lessons in between them. I mean, seriously?? Having no lessons or practise in between multiple driving tests. You just kept taking them in the hope that one day you'd randomly pass one, and you did.

    GET SOME EXTRA TRAINING BEFORE YOU HURT SOMEONE

    I still maintain that you are a troll however
    my instructor and also my previous instructor both told me i was at test standard and didnt need any more lessons and that more lesons - waste of cash. i has a couple hours between tests 2 and 3 and 1 and 2, but after that i didnt have any and left about a week between tests. however i had one hour lesson before each test

    all this ROADAR and IAMA looks complicated. plus how will i kow when i am a good enough driver? its like pouring money down the pan if i cant measure my improving.
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    How on earth did you pass if you went up the kerb twice and nearly crash into a lorry?!!

    I thought that if you went up the kerb it was a fail straight away
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    (Original post by shinytoy)
    no my instructor told me pass plus covers:
    - country roads
    - motorways
    - night driving
    - bad weather if possible

    and you need 2 hours of each.

    so he said he can do me a single 2 hour lesson @ £50 which is driving at night on motorways and country roads, which would be ok to tick all the boxes of pass plus.
    Your instructor is talking rubbish...sorry.
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    (Original post by shinytoy)
    no my instructor told me pass plus covers:
    - country roads
    - motorways
    - night driving
    - bad weather if possible

    and you need 2 hours of each.

    so he said he can do me a single 2 hour lesson @ £50 which is driving at night on motorways and country roads, which would be ok to tick all the boxes of pass plus.
    Took at look at this and decide for yourself, inside of letting him put words into your mouth:

    http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring...vers/DG_182844
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    (Original post by shinytoy)
    its ok, i've passed now
    Yeah, so have I, but you don't want to be anywhere near me when I park...

    P.S I hated my driving instructor and would never have got him a gift! He used to terrify me whilst I was driving.
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    I didn't get mine anything.

    £20 a lesson was a good enough gift I think.
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    (Original post by Emma-Ashley)
    Your instructor is talking rubbish...sorry.
    he said he will sign off all the sections of the form after the 2 hour lesson with him since it would simultaneously cover all the sections. :eek:

    my previous instructor said something similar - hers is 4 hours in 1 day (2 2 hour lessons) but covers overlapping sections so it doesnt take ages.

    (Original post by n65uk)
    Took at look at this and decide for yourself, inside of letting him put words into your mouth:

    http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring...vers/DG_182844
    cheers dude, that actually looks pretty good. i think it weould help me alot if i did one section at a time. i would feel much more confident.

    has anyone done pp? how long did it take. did it cost alot? bsm charges £28/hr for PP classes
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    (Original post by Tba90)
    How on earth did you pass if you went up the kerb twice and nearly crash into a lorry?!!

    I thought that if you went up the kerb it was a fail straight away
    i used to think that, but 1 of the times the bend was tight and i had no choice, and the examiner said 'thats ok, you had to mount the kerb' but the other time i swerved to avoid a lorry and mounted a kerb and the examiner said at the end 'that was very dangerous, you should have waited for the lorry to pass as there clearly wasnt enough space, there could have been a little kid on the pavement, you would have hit him' but then he said 'but as the rest of the test was good, i will let you off that one'
 
 
 
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