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    first of i have some basic skills. I have done a bit of theory questions and hazard clips. I went for a drive with my dad on a quiet road and was doing alright but i still need practice on the biting point and braking and then after 1/2 hour i crashed the car into a gate - only the headlight broke.

    if i take driving lessons do they take you on a private place so you can learn the basic stuff?
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    No, they take you on a quiet estate but they have dual controls to stop that sort of thing happening.

    Hope you were insured.
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    Try finding an empty car park and practicing there. I found that helped.
    But no they don't take you somewhere private. But usually they take you somewhere not too busy and they can control the car if you do it wrong.
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    I had my first lesson today- we went to a quiet industrial estate so I could practise without causing any damage. I also did some steering drills in a quiet car park. It's best to use a qualified instructor, since they have controls as well.
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    My first lesson - I drove down a load of country roads and then through town, during rush hour, to get back to my house. Qualified instructor, dual controls in the car. With a qualified instructor, you'll be told what to do better than with a parent, who will only have their own experiences of driving - instructor will have taught many people.
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    If you have basic skills - then finding the biting point should be easy. It's best to learn from a qualified driving instructor just in case if you lose control of teh car - the instructor can easily take control & advise you what's best.
 
 
 
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