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How to learn to drive - CHEAPLY!
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Old 24-03-2009, 8:09 PM
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Default How to learn to drive - CHEAPLY!


I just sent off for my provisional and I really want to learn to drive at the moment. I think it'll make my life a LOT easier and will save me a lot of cash in the long run (yes! I know that sounds mad!)

So I was wondering if there was a way of learning to drive, to pass my test, cheaply. I've been looking at a lot of different driving schools and there are some good offers (First lesson free, 10 first lesson, discounts for block bookings etc).

Also I was wondering if I saved up and got an old banger (less than 500) and did private practice in it would it be worthwhile? My brother-in-law knows cars and can fix most problems with any and with my dad on the insurance (and as I'm a bit older) I can get a good quote of around 500 per annum and my dad has offered to pay half.

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Old 24-03-2009, 8:45 PM
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i had a couple of lessons with an instructor before using my own car to cram as much practice in as i could. then had a few more lessons with the instructor still using my own car.

just offer to drive anyone around providing they have a licence for it
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Old 24-03-2009, 8:58 PM
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The cheapest way is to save lots of cash and have at least 2 lessons a week. You won't forget in between and you'll learn quickly.

Avoid any company which gives a dicount at first - they'll add a few lessons at the end to get their cash back.
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Old 24-03-2009, 10:13 PM
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find a friend you trust who is over 21, has driven for three years and who you wouldn't miss too much if you had a big falling out.... persuade them to take you out for a pint... and have a few proper lessons so you know what the examiner's looking for..
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Cheapest way would be to get someone you know to do most of it for nothing.
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Old 24-03-2009, 11:56 PM
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Usually " cheap " instructors are cheap because they are not any good, you may well end up paying more ie; 50 lessons at 10 instead of say 20 at 20 with a good instructor.

Avoid the big companies use a local self employed one that is grade 6.
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Old 25-03-2009, 12:41 AM
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Please be careful with the insurance, if it is your car you should be the main driver and your father should be a named driver, also many insurance companies are actually quite cheap before you pass your test (as I suppose you have someone with you all the time) but when you tell them you have passed the price often shoots up.

Also don't forget the other costs accociated with running a car such as MOT, parts (even if you are fitting them yourself), road tax and of course fuel!
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