Driving in Leicester

A teenager passed her theory test just one day after her seventeenth birthday.  Talk about being driven!  In the course of the few weeks that followed, she went on to take structured driving lessons.  Some were cheap, bought on deals that so often populate the web space. Others were a bit more realistic to the needs of the driving school.  Three months after her theory test she was near ready to drive without supervision and geared up for her practical driving test.

Another nineteen year old male had held a provisional driving licence from the first week he too turned seventeen, however, two years on and he was still struggling to keep control of his learner car.  He managed to pass his theory test on the third attempt, but fell by the roadside until the said cheap deals for driving lessons became available to him too.

Two teenagers, same opportunities, but why the massive difference in driving abilities? Well the 17 year old learner driver lives on a large village farm and had practiced since a much earlier age.  Since it was private land, she was not breaking any law.  Understandably, she could drive better by the time she was seventeen.  Her parents started her off by tutoring her and booking a theory test.  An old banger was thrust in her face and she was skidding through the farm, learning to reverse, clutch control, speeding up, slowing down and changing gears.  The real carrot, however, was the real and genuine promise of a brand new car if she were to pass her practical driving test first time.

On her own part, the teenager invested her time and effort in taking in, and practicing what she was being taught.  She recalled the 10 mile journey to college and longed for the freedom of stepping out of her front door into her car rather than walk half a mile to her front gate and another five hundred metres to the nearest bus stop.  She had a weekend job and fixed all her driving lessons around end of her college activities on fixed days of the week, was picked up from college and ended the lessons at home.

The nineteen year old, on the other hand, lived in an urban townhouse with limited parking on a high density estate in Leicester. His parents have one car between them, which only the father can drive. It is also a big four-by-four which implies higher insurance premium payment. As a result, he was not insured on the vehicle so had to rely solely on the approved driving instructor.

He went on to pass his theory test on the third attempt but could not afford driving lessons because he did not effectively manage his academic calendar which was always at odds with his erratic part-time shift work.  Unfortunately, he did not get much financial support from his parents who were struggling to make their own ends meet.  As a result, he had to take almost one year break from leaning how to drive and on return had forgotten earlier instructions, even the theory.

The full licenced seventeen year old sometimes drives past him as he waited at unsheltered bus stops for busses that ran at random, were often late, dirty and noisy.

So if you want driving lessons, plan the course. Do not go by way of Pay-As-You-Go. Instead, pay upfront for a given number of lessons, they tend to be cheaper any way.

Be more structured. Choose a day that is most convenient and make sure your driving instructor can work around your own schedule.

Learn by reading the Highway Code..Or click “Driving Test in Leicester” to watch video… Driving Test In Leicester

Watch other drivers, (including bus drivers).

Observe how they control their vehicles to emerge out of side roads, turn left or right, drive in and out of roundabouts and most importantly, see the effect on other road users.

Watch free videos freely available and ubiquitous from driving schools eager to get you on their books.

Share your experiences with friends.  Write comments, tweet what you know, how you felt after your driving lesson and above all, practice what you are being taught.  Do not re-invent the rules of driving.

 

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