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How many hours of lessons did it take you to pass?
What was your first car? How much did you spend on that + insurance?
I have never owned my own car.
when i was 17 i had a bus pass that let me go where i wanted for free (college was 13 miles away...) after college i went straight to uni in london, and i'm staying here so i have no need for a car.
learning to drive is very expensive. driving is expensive. thus i've never driven a car. i'm gonna learn at some point, it's one of the many reasons i want to save up some money.
my mum told me years ago that you need one driving lesson for every year you've been alive. no idea where that idea came from.
though i am finally going to start lessons now - at 26.
mainly because people give me a lot of hassle about it. Is it really harder to learn as you age though?
maybe that's cos there's less you need to learn as you grow up, if you start learning an instrument when you're at school, you've got more spare time to practise and you're learning lots of different things all day anyway.
i just want the monkey off my back
+ every other night or so practicing with my dad, for the first month after my 17th.
Test 1: Fail.
2 more lessons + some practice for a month.
Test 2: Pass.
My first car was a blue mini, bought for £375 - the sum total of my 'baby birthday' Post Office National Savings account. Insurance was done with me as a named driver on my folks' insurance. Came to something like £30 per month. This was in 1997. Lessons were £10-12 per hour.
Disclaimer: I'd had some not insignificant off-road practice before the age of 17.
*£30 per month, that I paid on top of what it would otherwise have been for 'em.
I quit numerous times in a period that spanned between 2001-2002 and then 2006-2008 before finally passing in April 2008. I have no idea how much I spent, but it was far too much what with the quitting/failing etc. I reckon I could have bought a house with what I spent.
My current car is my first car - a corsa. Insurance was loads, cheers.
Spending a load on learning to drive. Wondering if it's worth it as I'm not sure the cost of insurance is going to be in any way manageable
I fucking hated several of my instructors and the actual driving itself, so my desire to pass was almost none. I was only learning because my parents were on my case. Finally, bucked up my ideas, got a new instructor and eventually passed. Now, I love driving because it's finally clicked.
no-one else thought it was funny :(
What I found was the most useful was being insured on my mum's car- meant I built up a lot of driving hours just from driving to places when my parents were in the car.
purely because i would fail a test and then in the time it took me to save up for more lessons, i'd get out of practice and need more lessons. first car was a ford escort, cost £500. i should imagine the insurance was horrendous but my parents paid for it so i don't know how much it was.
Passed first time, but that doesn't mean much.
First car was a 1998 Fiat Punto. I had a car accident a year later and I haven't had a car since. Always insured on my Dad's car though.
Insurance (which I got back when I was 17 was 810 quid a year, because I put my sister as first driver who at the time was 20 - with 2 years no claims and me as the second driver).
but my ex-GF doesnt even remember how many times she's failed her test
Which sounds abysmal, but I did have (sort of) an excuse, because I took two tests before I went to uni, failed them both, took no more lessons for four years then started again and passed second time around.
I had four different driving instructors as well because of a mixture of not liking them (my first was some kind of alpha male who would spend the whole hour listing his conquests) and moving to a different town.
After all that I didn't even buy my first car for a few years, when I was 27. It was (and still is) a Peugeot 206 which was seven years old at the time. It cost me £2,000.