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Where did you learn how to drive?

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  • 10-02-2016 1:24am
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    Registered Users Posts: 3,003 ✭✭✭


    Medusa need not answer.

    Anywho, having passed my theory test with a perfect score of 40/40 before Christmas, I'm hoping to take to the road soon. I know the rules of the road. I know what every single sign means. I know that if your indicator is broken and you want to turn left, you need to stick your right arm out the window and do something of a 'wax on, wax off' motion. Basically, I know everything about driving - but I don't know how to drive.

    That being said, I'll be getting lessons off a mate in the coming days hopefully and if anybody has any decent suggestions of location, in the South Dublin area, I'd like to hear them. He has suggested Sandyford industrial estate, which I don't particularly like because I can't think of an area the size of a golf course up there - and that's what I need. I need somewhere with plenty of land, no pedestrians or buildings.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,196 ✭✭✭boardsuser1


    On the grounds of a mental hospital when i was 14


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,707 ✭✭✭whatismyname


    I didn't.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,533 ✭✭✭Jester252


    In a field when I was 12 so my Granddad could look for mushrooms


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 23,646 ✭✭✭✭qo2cj1dsne8y4k


    I learned how to drive a new holland before I was even let into the passenger seat of my parents cars! We started driving tractors in the fields at about 9. My father let us drive his jeep around the fields at about 13. Then graduated to driving around the house and reversing up and down the drive in the cars until I got my provisional. (16 for tractors, 17 for car), two driving lessons, did my test, full licence at 18.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,003 ✭✭✭Hammer89


    I learned how to drive a new holland before I was even let into the passenger seat of my parents cars! We started driving tractors in the fields at about 9. My father let us drive his jeep around the fields at about 13. Then graduated to driving around the house and reversing up and down the drive in the cars until I got my provisional. (16 for tractors, 17 for car), two driving lessons, did my test, full licence at 18.

    Having got 40/40 on my theory test (have I mentioned that?) I can confirm that it is never permissible for children to drive a tractor.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,796 ✭✭✭Azalea


    In a construction place - dunno exactly, they make cement there maybe? Anyway, it has a load of little lanes and mini junctions and stuff, so used to practise there of a Sunday. It was a handy reconstruction of reality. Well reality without the traffic. But great for those times when you are the only car whatsoever on the road.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 23,646 ✭✭✭✭qo2cj1dsne8y4k


    Hammer89 wrote: »
    Having got 40/40 on my theory test (have I mentioned that?) I can confirm that it is never permissible for children to drive a tractor.


    Nope, it's not! But no harm done eh :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,174 ✭✭✭✭Captain Chaos


    Straight into Dublin city centre in rush hour traffic. My instructor just threw me in the deep end head first, I had never driven before ever at that point. Just had to learn fast.

    No fields and empty side streets for me.


  • Moderators, Education Moderators Posts: 26,402 Mod ✭✭✭✭Peregrine


    A little less interesting than the previous answers but, well, on a road. No mental hospitals, construction places or tractors and fields for me.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,117 ✭✭✭✭Junkyard Tom


    Sinclair Spectrum mid 1980's.



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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 11,221 ✭✭✭✭m5ex9oqjawdg2i


    In a field in Newtownmountkennedy when I was about 12 or 13. My Dad, Grandad and Uncle used to chop up trees that fell during storms or strong winds. Sometimes my dad had to split logs and use a chainsaw, sometimes a couple of KMs away from the house which was on private land. Dad said it was important to know how to drive, just in case there was an emergency. It's only in the last couple of years that I realised the seriousness of those driving lessons. :eek:


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,796 ✭✭✭Azalea


    Learned some bits of driving on a golf course also. My dad was able to access handy places for teaching us driving, but not sure how great a driving instructor he was. :pac:


  • Registered Users Posts: 243 ✭✭Easca Peasca


    Fields. First with tractors and then with the auld lad's battered Hilux :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,691 ✭✭✭Lia_lia


    Started in a church carpark in Killarney. After a few weeks brought the car to Cork city and started driving to work everyday. Driving from the city centre to north side of the city. Not easy for a learner...lots of hills and narrow roads! Also had to learn how to parallel park...nightmare. Did the test in Killarney a few weeks ago and passed first time 6 months after getting the car. The test was extremely easy being honest. Maybe it was because I was used to driving in Cork city...Killarney is very quiet in January.

    Anyway, start driving in traffic as soon as you can. Nervewrecking at the start but gets easier!


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 69 ✭✭PC Lackey


    Hammer89 wrote: »
    Medusa need not answer.

    Anywho, having passed my theory test with a perfect score of 40/40 before Christmas, I'm hoping to take to the road soon. I know the rules of the road. I know what every single sign means. I know that if your indicator is broken and you want to turn left, you need to stick your right arm out the window and do something of a 'wax on, wax off' motion. Basically, I know everything about driving - but I don't know how to drive.

    Experienced driver here.

    You say the above but you fail to mention the most import rule of the road that there is. And its the one that most inexperienced new drivers fail to know.
    Also, it is the one which fills me with the most dread and concern.


    That rule is as follows; unless there is reason to believe that the vehicle in question is a member of the emergency services you should never under ANY circumstances allow the douchebag in the golf/bmw/audi to drive up the inside lane/bus lane and skip in. In this situation you should concentrate on looking forward and move slowly so as to allow the cars behind you to do the same.

    In fact charitable acts in general should be avoided for the first year of driving.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,986 ✭✭✭✭Del2005


    Hammer89 wrote: »
    Medusa need not answer.

    Anywho, having passed my theory test with a perfect score of 40/40 before Christmas, I'm hoping to take to the road soon. I know the rules of the road. I know what every single sign means. I know that if your indicator is broken and you want to turn left, you need to stick your right arm out the window and do something of a 'wax on, wax off' motion. Basically, I know everything about driving - but I don't know how to drive.

    That being said, I'll be getting lessons off a mate in the coming days hopefully and if anybody has any decent suggestions of location, in the South Dublin area, I'd like to hear them. He has suggested Sandyford industrial estate, which I don't particularly like because I can't think of an area the size of a golf course up there - and that's what I need. I need somewhere with plenty of land, no pedestrians or buildings.

    You need to study more if you think that the hand signal for going left is "wax on wax off"

    Best place to learn is with an ADI, if you don't have access to a banger and a field.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,724 ✭✭✭mixery


    Early Need for Speed games.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,003 ✭✭✭Hammer89


    Del2005 wrote: »
    You need to study more if you think that the hand signal for going left is "wax on wax off"

    Best place to learn is with an ADI, if you don't have access to a banger and a field.

    Okay maybe I didn't describe it properly, but I know the signal. It was like that exercise I had to do in karate as a nipper, moving your arms around in a circular motion until it hurt.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,678 ✭✭✭Charles Babbage


    On a TVO tractor.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,809 ✭✭✭Speedwell


    In America, in 1983. As soon as I got my learner's permit, I literally hit a bird in flight. I was horrified. My father laughed. I asked Dad, an engineer, if I needed to learn to drive a car with a manual transmission. "No", he said, "you'll NEVER need to learn that; everything is going to be automatic transmission from now on". My 16-year-old brother got his learner's permit at the very first moment he was legally allowed to, and he and I went to the driving test together. He failed. I went next and passed (although it took me a long time to do the parallel parking, I finally did it and was perfect, heh). He was given a second chance on the mercy of the tester and passed that time, but he had told all of his friends that he was going to get his before his nerd big sister and had egg on his face. :)

    Fast forward to 2011, when I had a two-month-long business trip in Aberdeen. The company rented me a small car, automatic transmission, of course. Americans are permitted to drive in the UK as visitors if they hold a full American license. "Siobhan", I asked the secretary, "I've never driven a car in the UK before. Could you meet me at the airport, please?". Siobhan did, and she went with me to the rental car pickup, and as soon as I was handed the keys, she said, "Meet you back at the hotel", and drove off. "Are you OK?" asked the rental car clerk. "Oh, I'm fine," I said. I got behind the wheel, drove off, and promptly drove through the bus-only lane, but recovered my dignity with white knuckles and somehow made it back to the hotel. I don't remember the trip but they tell me I managed not to kill anyone or hit anything. :) The next weekend I drove four hours into the Cairngorms and quite enjoyed myself, once I figured out why everyone behind me was honking and overtaking (I was reading the mph signs as kph), but I got sorted before I left Aberdeen city limits. Oh, and roundabouts, best left as an imaginative exercise for the reader. Siobhan said, "I don't even drive to the Cairngorms". Fair play, Siobhan.

    I met my Irish husband on that trip, and we were married on my next trip. He brought me back to Ireland after a year together, and I bought a car. Manual transmission, thanks, Pop. :P I was scared to try driving it for four months, what a big baby. Passed the theory test 40/40. Got driving lessons and had a panic attack behind the wheel during the first one. FINALLY got it sorted, but it took seemingly forever (my husband doesn't drive due to an eye injury, so no help from that quarter). I got the really tough driving tester twice in a row for my driving test and the second time I failed by one single point. I'm waiting for the third test to be scheduled at the moment. I think the Universe is having too much fun with me. Thank goodness I work from home.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 305 ✭✭sandra06


    Hammer89 wrote: »
    Medusa need not answer.

    Anywho, having passed my theory test with a perfect score of 40/40 before Christmas, I'm hoping to take to the road soon. I know the rules of the road. I know what every single sign means. I know that if your indicator is broken and you want to turn left, you need to stick your right arm out the window and do something of a 'wax on, wax off' motion. Basically, I know everything about driving - but I don't know how to drive.

    That being said, I'll be getting lessons off a mate in the coming days hopefully and if anybody has any decent suggestions of location, in the South Dublin area, I'd like to hear them. He has suggested Sandyford industrial estate, which I don't particularly like because I can't think of an area the size of a golf course up there - and that's what I need. I need somewhere with plenty of land, no pedestrians or buildings.
    best of luck to you i go down the country to a bog road to learn the basics clutch control hill starts etc ,,braking very important to ,,position on rd when driving ,,i learnt how to drive when i was 12 bringing my brothers home from pub not the best start to learning


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 20,373 ✭✭✭✭foggy_lad


    Basically learned from watching my Father driving from the middle of the back seat, I was the only one of 4/5 in the back who never fell asleep on long trips down the country almost weekly visiting relatives.

    Forward to when I was about 16 and he asks if I want to give driving a go so I get to drive from Clane to Maynooth, worst journey of my life and it nearly killed my poor father! He kept yelling at me to keep out away from the ditch and how we'd both be killed! He was obviously seeing the road from a driver's perspective still so the ditch was much closer to him than it should have been, I took the auld banger up to 75 and he quietened down. He said I was a good driver when we got home but not to say anything to my Ma:D


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,837 ✭✭✭TheLastMohican


    The bumpers in Williams' arcade, Ballybunion circa 1960 :eek:


  • Registered Users Posts: 305 ✭✭sandra06


    foggy_lad wrote: »
    Basically learned from watching my Father driving from the middle of the back seat, I was the only one of 4/5 in the back who never fell asleep on long trips down the country almost weekly visiting relatives.

    Forward to when I was about 16 and he asks if I want to give driving a go so I get to drive from Clane to Maynooth, worst journey of my life and it nearly killed my poor father! He kept yelling at me to keep out away from the ditch and how we'd both be killed! He was obviously seeing the road from a driver's perspective still so the ditch was much closer to him than it should have been, I took the auld banger up to 75 and he quietened down. He said I was a good driver when we got home but not to say anything to my Ma:D
    did you tell on your dad


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,009 ✭✭✭Shelga


    Dollymount beach with my dad, got to learn how to block out his impatient outbursts :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 82,715 ✭✭✭✭Overheal




  • Registered Users Posts: 1,738 ✭✭✭eyeball kid


    Sinclair Spectrum mid 1980's.


    I had totally forgotten about that game. Played it some much as a kid. :o


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,255 ✭✭✭pgj2015


    d


  • Registered Users Posts: 37 bigbaz


    with the greatest of respect in the world op,you passed a rudimentary theory test,you currently know bugger all about driving,the only way to learn it is through experience,the roads are full of people who know everything about driving but still act like tools,im on the roads since i was thirteen and everyday is a school day.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,252 ✭✭✭FTA69


    I've done 25 lessons and failed two tests. Just failed my second test around an hour ago and feel like sh*t. London must be one of the hardest places to learn how to drive, the crap thing is that I've only had one major on each and even then nothing remotely dangerous. Absolutely gutted.


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