I learned quite slowly until around the 20th lesson and then got on track. I have done around 40 lessons, maybe more if you take number of hours into account.
Last lesson I went backwards. I stalled twice; one when turning left into a narrow side road when I was braking to much (1st gear was necessary). In fact it might have been up to three times because the third occasion involved me trying to pull up in order to let a car come through - which I am not very good at.
Another problem I have is knowing which lane to go in, which is improving however, and keeping the car in that lane, not drifting into other ones by accident.
Worryingly, I missed several road signs on the last drive and I believe my responses to signals are poor - maybe it's because I'm looking a my speedo? I know speed doesn't really matter if it's just a couple mph over the limit, it's a really bad habit of mine.
Even situations on the road I tend to struggle dealing with. For example, if a bus is indicating right at a bus stop to pull out, do I drive on or not?
Basic issues are randomly arising such as how smooth I change from first gear to second.
If there are anymore issues, I will add them to this thread.
Booking the test I believe was the best thing to do because I should be ready by then but wonder if I can eliminate every error before that date is another matter. At the moment, we're doing some test routes and I should expect mock tests soon.
To be honest, I would be looking at pushing your test back or getting more than one lesson a week if you keep the current test date. With the number of errors creeping in, you don't sound ready to be sitting the test.
What I find is that faults that are present during lessons will come to light in the test too - so you really want to have fixed all these faults consistently before going to test.
The statement "Even situations on the road I tend to struggle dealing with. For example, if a bus is indicating right at a bus stop to pull out, do I drive on or not?" is what concerns me most though. Says you're not ready to be driving on your own. Harsh, maybe, but when your driving on your own you will come across situations that you'll have experienced in lessons but also situations that you'll never have come across in lessons. How are you going to work out how best to deal with them with nobody sitting beside you to guide you?
Mock tests will give you a clue as to where you need to work on, but it sounds like you just need more time behind the wheel before sitting the test.
Some people will take a lot more than 40 hours to be at a safe level ready to sit the test; others a lot less, but everyone is different. Don't go rushing into the test if you don't feel ready.
Wow, are you me?
This exactly the same situation, I have my test at the end of the month. And my last lesson was horrific, stalling, poor lane discipline, rubbish gear changing, nervousness.\
One of my worse lessons..."Basic issues are randomly arising such as how smooth I change from first gear to second" - So relatable :'(
It's okay to feel like that a month before the test. You can make a lot of progress in 4 weeks. What's important is how you're driving about one week before the test. I rebooked mine 3 times in total. I decided if I was still making silly mistakes one week before the test, then I should rebook it. As long as you rebook 5 days before the test, you won't lose your money, so if you've already covered all of the actual content and are just doing mocks now then I don't see the point in rebooking your test so early.
If you test is within a month, push it back - you need more time. If it's like 3 months you'll be fine, just focus on weak areas.
Has anyone downloaded the local driving test routes? I found a company called New Driver Programme and they offer them for £9.99 .... is it worth it? They say it can double your chances of passing ... im not sure if I should
I haven't read the other replies, so I am not sure if I am saying the exact same as anyone else, but you have two choices 1)Take your test and see how you do, you might do better than you realize and if you fail, you fail, big deal, just means you will have to pay to retake it again 2) Delay it till your ready.
I was in the same boat as you, I had an instructor for about 30 hours worth of lessons and was a pretty nervous/bad driver, I understood everything, however I just couldn't go a lesson without Stalling twice, holding up traffic, completing a Maneuver successfully on the 5th attempt, I was hopeless and my test was only 2 weeks away by the 30th hour. I changed my instructor, my first instructor was a nice person but really was't helpful, when I did something wrong instead of telling me what I should've done he would just be like "Oh no mate, you can't be doing that" anyways changing instructor was the best decision I ever made, I had to delay my test by a month and whilst I may have failed it first time, I know what I am doing. I can go a whole lesson without stalling, I may do a couple of silly mistakes here and there like going 45 MPH on a national MPH road or drive too close to the curb, but overall I know what I am doing, just to let you know I got two Majors, Stalling on a hill start which made me roll back (The roll back part was the major) and some guy ran out in front of me so the examiner had to use the brakes. Whilst it wasn't my fault, as a driver you have to be prepared to stop.
Anyways I have my next test tomorrow, if I fail, oh well, I know I can drive it's just about driving as safe as possible when it comes to the test. HOPE THIS HELPED!
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