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    im wondering how long i should wait before i have a go in my mum's car (iv already had 8 lessons). also, how many hours did you do of private practice and actual lessons before you passed
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    I started driving with my mum after my 2nd lesson.

    I've got my test next week and I probably had around 10hrs private driving.
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    I waited quite a while- I started learning in August, but only got insured on my parents' car in December. I wasn't confident enough to drive without duel controls before then
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    well would you say that im about ready now to have a go in my mums car. im not talking about anything fancy, just driving around.
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    (Original post by Cinders)
    I waited quite a while- I started learning in August, but only got insured on my parents' car in December. I wasn't confident enough to drive without duel controls before then
    Meh, I just drove it without insurance. I sometimes take my mum's car round the block and do manoerves on my own (but I try not to go too far, police may pull me over!).
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    (Original post by alison_141288)
    well would you say that im about ready now to have a go in my mums car. im not talking about anything fancy, just driving around.
    really depends on how good you are. Personally, I drove with my mum after only 2 hours and, admittdely, I was pretty sh*t back then. Probably stalled the car every so often! :eek: But try not to go onto the main roads straight away.
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    well its hard to say how good i am but i would feel confident in driving around my estate and some of the main roads. trouble is, persuading my mum to agree with me
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    I've had millions of hours but still don't feel confident enough to drive without duels! Sounds really stupid but i'm still paranoid about pressing the wrong pedals even tho its never happened! I'd be a nervous driver and my dad would be an even more nervous passenger!
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    The best thing to do would be to ask your driving instructor if they think you're ready to go out with your parents. Make sure you feel confident enough as well
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    (Original post by thomasp)
    The best thing to do would be to ask your driving instructor if they think you're ready to go out with your parents. Make sure you feel confident enough as well
    Driving instructors still want to milk you of money though... probably why there's still stuff he hasn't taught me even though I've been learning since August.
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    I didn't get insured on my parent's car until I failed my first test.
    I had about 10 hours driving between then and my second test. I was quite a confident driver already, but I thought it helped no end. Not only was I not rusty when I got back in my instructors car, 10 hours of just driving around wherever you like, without worrying about how much it'll cost you and things really helps a lot.
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    I didn't get my car until a month after my 18th birthday, but that point I'd been driving for just over a year and had failed 2 practical tests.

    There's no time limit on how long before you go out on the road in your own car, it's up to you entirely.
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    Anyone found that private practice has actually hindered them when it came to having lessons in a different car?
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    Not really. The only difference I had was my car didn't have power steering and my instructor's car did. So when I got in my car, for the first few times I was driving as though I had power steering!
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    Oh ok thanks, i'm in same situation with the steering too. Did you find that it affected you when driving your ADI's car tho?
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    Nope, because by the time I'd bought my own car, I'd been driving for just over a year. So I was used to driving with power steering and it took me a while to get used to driving my car and not having it.
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    I keep stalling my instructors car, but never mine.

    Its a right PITA coz I feel really stupid because I think that i shouldnt be stalling because Im finein the other car
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    (Original post by *~CARALA~*)
    Anyone found that private practice has actually hindered them when it came to having lessons in a different car?
    You'll usually find (from my experience at least) that your instructors car is more friendly to learn in anyway, so changing back to your instructors car is often easier than going the other way. Learning in a car with a bit less visibility, a bit wider, longer, and what not, made the instructors car feel so nice and so easy to drive.

    The only hinderance I thought there may be was my dad. He had his own opinions on lots of things and it seemed like he was trying to teach me from scratch, which is not what I wanted; I just wanted to practice. Eventually we came to an agreement on the level of moaning he did, and in the end, the private practise was a rewarding experience.
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    The confidence the extra driving gave me was worth the hassle of getting used to a completely different car, cheaper too
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    (Original post by King Leigh)
    You'll usually find (from my experience at least) that your instructors car is more friendly to learn in anyway, so changing back to your instructors car is often easier than going the other way. Learning in a car with a bit less visibility, a bit wider, longer, and what not, made the instructors car feel so nice and so easy to drive.

    The only hinderance I thought there may be was my dad. He had his own opinions on lots of things and it seemed like he was trying to teach me from scratch, which is not what I wanted; I just wanted to practice. Eventually we came to an agreement on the level of moaning he did, and in the end, the private practise was a rewarding experience.
    heh heh, that sounds just like my dad
 
 
 
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