Is it worth spending 'all that money' learning to drive (at 21)?

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Joyful_soul
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I am questioning whether I should learn to drive as most jobs these days require it...
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Of course it's worth it. If someone took my car away from me it would be like losing a leg, or a loved one.
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Yes. Gives you a lot of independence and as you said, a lot of jobs require it. Some students at my university who never learnt to drive and wanted to wait now have to learn because a lot of the placements for 3rd year require a full driving license.
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(Original post by Viva Emptiness)
Of course it's worth it. If someone took my car away from me it would be like losing a leg, or a loved one.
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Yes. Gives you a lot of independence and as you said, a lot of jobs require it. Some students at my university who never learnt to drive and wanted to wait now have to learn because a lot of the placements for 3rd year require a full driving license.
What's the cheapest method to getting a full driving license?
Who does the 'lowest price' lessons?
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(Original post by Joyful_soul)
What's the cheapest method to getting a full driving license?
Who does the 'lowest price' lessons?
Depends on where you live, many do student discount too.
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Depends on where you live, many do student discount too.
I live in Lancashire

Cool, how much off?

How do I compare to find the cheapest school?
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I live in Lancashire

Cool, how much off?

How do I compare to find the cheapest school?
About £3 off a lesson, which does add up as quite a significant saving in the long run. People that your friends/family have used? Internet? I found my instructor through a friend.
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Cheap lessons up front don't necessarily mean cheap in the long run as the instructor may draw out the lessons. Getting your theory done asap should speed up the process
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Cheap lessons up front don't necessarily mean cheap in the long run as the instructor may draw out the lessons. Getting your theory done asap should speed up the process
This. You get what you pay for. I'd rather spend a little more and half a decent instructor.
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Yes it is worth learning.

But, as mentioned above, you absolutely do not want to pick an instructor on price. If possible get a personal recommendation from someone else who has learned locally and then have a couple of lessons to make sure that you like the instructor. Also, take as many lessons as YOU think you need to be sure that you are ready. It will be cheaper than having to do the test multiple times...
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yes im 17 and i only drive because it will benefit me in the future my tests nextmonth
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Better to learn to drive when you don't *need* to immediately than be 26 and offered a great job that you need a car to get to and have to turn it down.
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I never regret learning to drive. I can't believe I lived without a car for so long lol I passed my test when I was 20.

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Cheap lessons up front don't necessarily mean cheap in the long run as the instructor may draw out the lessons. Getting your theory done asap should speed up the process
While an indepedent instructor with a long established record of grade 5 and 6 assessments may be a few pounds a lesson more expensive, they will probably cost you less overall than some red badger / grade 4 adi working for one of the chains and following a fixed set of lesson plans.
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I would definitely say it's a good idea to start learning now, driving is a good skill to have, as others had say it allows you independence etc, and also further down the line should you need to drive you would already have everything sorted.

Finding a good instructor is obviously going to be key, again as other people have said going with the instructor who had the lowest price may mean you compromise quality so be careful, however that said it is possible to get a decent instructor at a decent rate.

I used to pay £20 an hours for my lessons, and my instructor was second to none imo
He taught me well, helped me a lot and I passed in really good time and I though I paid a very reasonable rate

If you can, I'd try ask friends/family even possibly neighbours if you know of any who have recently passed, for recommendations.

Good Luck
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