1. avatar Amz
    (done a quick search - i know there's old threads on here somewhere but only found threads to do with drum lessons or Driving By Night in the first few pages so gave up quite quickly)

    Just wanting to know which driving schools people have used recently, and who people recommend? Most are about £25 a lesson I'm guessing, but looking for somebody who isnt gonna rip me off in the way of getting me to take 1000 lessons before being "ready" for the test.. then again, they may be right.. You know what i mean...It's really time I learned.
  2. avatar greensleevesisgod
    I went with abba and passed. They had a deal on which was 10 lessons for £200

    They might not now but it's generally cheaper before 4pm as well.
  3. avatar thesacredhearts
    Yeah im learning with Abba at the min. its now 230 for 10 lessons. The guy i have is great, but i had a woman that did my head in at first. She actually shouted at me like i was a child.
  4. avatar The Ronster
    I can't believe how expensive it is to learn to drive these days.

    I think I spent something in the region of £100 to pass my test, and that was only 11 years ago.
  5. avatar steelydan
    its also considerably harder id say than when we/I passed 12 years ago. The tales my missus told me of trying to pass and what she failed on simply horrified me. To me i thought she would pass 1st time. Nope - 5th try lucky. And it is all ££££££. Cost us a fortune.
    Its so much more difficult nowadays. These days id be lucky to pass reading the number plate. :lol:
  6. avatar Amz
    [quote="steelydan"]The tales my missus told me of trying to pass and what she failed on simply horrified me. To me i thought she would pass 1st time. Nope - 5th try lucky. And it is all ££££££. [quote]

    This is what i fear! what if it takes me bloody years... Better to not try at all than try and fail?

    A couple of ppl have mentioned Ians driving school in Newtownards. Belfast prices:£15 each for the first 3 lessons or £220 for block of 10 lessons. Which isnt too bad.
  7. avatar Recycled Alien
    At those kinds of prices, would it not be a good idea to build up some experience with a volunteer friend or relative first, so that you're comfortable with the basics?
  8. avatar Amz
    [quote:f401e6cbaf="Recycled Alien"]At those kinds of prices, would it not be a good idea to build up some experience with a volunteer friend or relative first, so that you're comfortable with the basics?[/quote:f401e6cbaf]

    My dad was pushing for me to learn at home - and do my test in donegal... But it takes roughly 4 hours to get home, so screw that. Though the test would prob be easier -and i could probably start driving on the roads tomorrow and get away with it!

    As for friends, yeah I've said to one mate about letting me vroom around a car park some time... The look of fear and hesitant agreement was priceless ;)
  9. avatar RockShandy
    [quote:35e30ab86a="Recycled Alien"]At those kinds of prices, would it not be a good idea to build up some experience with a volunteer friend or relative first, so that you're comfortable with the basics?[/quote:35e30ab86a]

    I'd say the exact opposite. You'll pick up bad habits that way. Start with the instructor, that way you don't develop the mistakes first.
  10. avatar Recycled Alien
    [quote:6c82dec041="Amz"]
    My dad was pushing for me to learn at home - and do my test in donegal... But it takes roughly 4 hours to get home, so screw that. Though the test would prob be easier -and i could probably start driving on the roads tomorrow and get away with it!

    As for friends, yeah I've said to one mate about letting me vroom around a car park some time... The look of fear and hesitant agreement was priceless ;)[/quote:6c82dec041]"Vroom" might not have been the ideal word to use.

    I volunteered to let a friend drive my Porsche (though she does have an American license).

    [quote:6c82dec041="RockShandy"]I'd say the exact opposite. You'll pick up bad habits that way. Start with the instructor, that way you don't develop the mistakes first.[/quote:6c82dec041]Oh, come on. What "bad habits" can you learn when it comes to learning about gears or turning on the ignition? I did say "basics".

    The "bad habits" story is something the driving schools would like you to believe.
  11. avatar Pix
    I totally agree! Really real bad habits are driving too close to cyclists, driving through puddles to splash pedestrians, and my overall favourite that makes me want to leap screaming, bokan in hand, onto their bonnet; texting whilst driving.
    Would defo recommend going out wif da/ma/sober friend to drive round an industrial estate somewhere.
  12. avatar artofdarkness
    A blend of the both if you can manage it. I'd say that learning the technical skills from an instructor is one thing, but getting enough time behind the wheel to gain confidence is another.

    That said, I've known people go in for the week-long intensive schooling and come out with a pass.
  13. avatar Dirty Stevie Grizz
    Tailgating a cyclist with murderous intent should be the first manouvre that any driving student learns, as you will spend 90% of your driving career doing it.


    :wink:
  14. avatar Stalina
    In my experience its not the driving that'll trip you up, its the manoeuvres that youll spend the rest of your driving life avoiding at all possible costs.

    I have parallel parked once only, and that was my test. Now I'm all about the driving round and round and round til I find something I can drive straight into...

    If you go to Abba ask if any lessons with Joe are available. He's a legend! He even let me chase after a delorean we saw once up near Lisburn.
  15. avatar fastfude
    [quote:36d087f6f6="Amz"](done a quick search - i know there's old threads on here somewhere but only found threads to do with drum lessons or Driving By Night in the first few pages so gave up quite quickly)[/quote:36d087f6f6]
    Just FYI, if you try adding quotes around it ([i:36d087f6f6]"driving lessons"[/i:36d087f6f6] instead of just [i:36d087f6f6]driving lessons[/i:36d087f6f6]), it'll search for that exact phrase, instead of searching for anything that has either word.
  16. avatar Amz
    [quote:e9861b1988="fastfude"]try adding quotes around[/quote:e9861b1988]

    Ah, yes... that would indeed make sense!
  17. avatar The Ronster
    Anyway - Congratulations to Andrew Johnston (nee Griswold) for passing his test for the second time today.

    Huzzah, sir.