For all the drivers here...give me some tips and courage!

United States
June 26, 2008 4:49pm CST
Hi everyone...I will be starting to practice driving soon after all these flooding in our area will be over especially in our park..I want to hear any tips from everyone based in your personal experience..I know I can google it but I prefer testimony from friends here...LOL, I have tried several times learning how to drive motorcycle and most of the time, i will end up getting some bruises...and never learned.. What are the effective tips that you can give me in learning to drive a 4 wheel car? how young are you when you learn it? Do you think at 31, I'll be able to learn it fast? LOL!
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@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
27 Jun 08
Hi dear just stay calm , cool and observant. dont get panic and sure u ca learn it atlleast u wont have worry to fell down and get bruises and sure keep track where u have accelator and where brake, and adjust feed accordingly Wish u all the best, and listen 31 is youth
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• United States
27 Jun 08
I love the last phrase....LOL! You make me laugh a lot! Ok, I will start thinking, I am still very young! hahahahah! thanks for the tips, I will not forget that!
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@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
28 Jun 08
Ha ha ha thats nice na, so u love it, and sure u r very young and dont forget i will be 34 in dec so uit was reminder to myself as well keep it up
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• United States
7 Jul 08
yea yea, numbers increases every year but at least we are young at heart all the time..Cheers!
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@ElicBxn (60892)
• United States
26 Jun 08
I learned at 16, but my mom was in her early 20's. I think you can learn, if you have a good instructor - not a spouse!
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• United States
27 Jun 08
hahahhaha....I know what you mean ElicBxn, I have so much friends who end up giving up learning since their husband was their trainor..LOL! Thanks, I wish I will learn fast! wish my luck friend! LOL!
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@Bebs08 (10689)
• United States
8 Jul 08
Definitely right!!! spouse is not an ideal one for driving instructor. Many wives are experiencing this hardship with a husband instructor. hahaha... I agree.
@ElicBxn (60892)
• United States
8 Jul 08
the drivers ed classes I took as a teen were such that you could get your license if you could pass the test and they offered them at school my mother and father already agreed that Dad wasn't the one to try and teach us to drive - patience wasn't one of his virtues - not that he was exactly impatient, but it wasn't something you wanted to push.
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@dpk262006 (56558)
• Delhi, India
27 Jun 08
First of all best of luck to you and many good wishes for your driving endeavour. Yes, you can surely learn driving at the age of 31, age is no bar. What you need to do is, learn the driving very calmly and cooly, even if you take some extra days that the normal, to learn it, do not worry about it. Because to grasp basic knowledge is very essential. Once you have got hold of basic aspects of driving, you will acquire more confidence and this will help you in smooth driving. Also, while driving a four wheeler, keep your concentration level at the highest level. Never let your concentration lapse, because you have not only to safeguard you, but you have to take care of other (two wheeler) drivers/vehicles too. Enjoy your driving!
• United States
27 Jun 08
Hi dpk, thanks for that very positive encouragement and for wishing me luck! I wish I will learn it!
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@judelen (428)
• Philippines
27 Jun 08
Hello! I learned how to drive when i'm 40 years old. Its my dream that i could drive to my own car. For me i enrolled in a driving school believing that driver instructor will not easily get angry to you as a beginner because that is their duty to teach you. I will share to you the principle in driving so that you will not scared in the road when you are drive. According to my instructor when you drive you should only focus to your front, slight to your sides and do not mind in the back because the vehicles in you back is watching you where you going. Do not get nervouse when the engine stop, relax and be started again. So in this you will not get scared. When you practice for my experience, i drive alone so that i can decide when problem comes. I will not accompany my husband because he will scolded me. So it is better not to accompany somebody, i believe you can do it. Presence of mind is very important, constant driving will help a lot.
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• United States
27 Jun 08
Hi there judelen, thanks a lot for these tips,,, I will be bearing this in my mind when I'll start! I love your confident driving alone, I wish I will be tough as you..LOL!
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
27 Jun 08
The best tip that I can give you, is to be aware of your surroundings at all times when driving a car. You have to be able to stay on your side of the road and not hit any other car or driver. I learned to drive when I was 16 years old. Make sure to watch otu for other drivers because they do not always watch out for you. I think you will be able to learn at 31. My daughter is driving now and she is 16. I would practice driving in a secluded area before going out on busy roads though.
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• United States
27 Jun 08
Hi there stephcjh, that's great for you and your daughter for learning it at early age...I wish I will be able to make it..Thanks and I will take note of that tips!
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
27 Jun 08
I learned how to drive automatic cars when i was 29 and that was when i was working abroad... that is quite normal for people in my country... since not all families are able to own a car... when i came back home... i cannot use my driving skill because most of the vehicles are the manual type... but just last month my father bought an automaitic car... so i decided to drive again... but i need to re educate myself since it has been years since i last drove a car... so good luck on your new endeavor...
• United States
27 Jun 08
Hi there aseretdd, ohhh....I wish im not too late to learn, they have said the older the person is, the harder for her to absorp instructions..LOL, I hope I am not..Anyway, I know you can just drive back since you knew already! Just maybe a little warm up! Thanks!
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@kaleegirl45 (1474)
• United States
26 Jun 08
First you won't get any buries in a 4 wheel car. LOL and you also won't fall off. You will be safe, but not guarentee. checapricorn, you just made me laugh so hard. Just take your time and be careful between the brake and gas. put your seatbelt on, fix your mirrows. I learned how to drive at 19. It also depends on who is teaching you how to drive, if the person has patiences that you will learn. let us know how you did.
• United States
27 Jun 08
Thanks kaleegirl, past experiences about learning the motorcycle made me worry a lot about this journey..LOL, It was very bad experienced really and it was 3 times that I fall off with my friend who tried to help me..ANyway, I agree about the one who will teach, I realized it now..Thanks..I will look for a better friend..LOL!
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• United States
27 Jun 08
your welcome, let's us how your doing.
• United States
11 Jul 08
I will..Thanks, I'm not starting yet! LOL!
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@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
27 Jun 08
Sure, at 31 you should have no trouble learning quickly. I started driving at 18 and am still at it. I think the hardest thing to learn for me was how to drive a manual transmission (stick shift) but once I finally got that down it no longer mattered whether the car I bought/drove was automatic or not. Several people tried to teach me how to drive a 4 speed, but the one car that finally seemed to do it for me was a little Triumph. Don't know why but everything seemed to come together for me in that little car and now I can drive any car or truck at all.
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• United States
27 Jun 08
wow! That's great nova! I wish I will be as quick as you! LOL!
@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
27 Jun 08
Oh, you will learn quickly. Once you learn it's just like breathing. It comes without thinking or worrying. Have confidence.
• United States
27 Jun 08
Thanks nova,,,,I love the positive attitude!
@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
30 Jul 08
Hello checapricorn, Be calm! Don't get panic easily. Always remember that you are the one who control the machine and not the other way round. I got my license in 1998. That means I was 25-26. It was quite late as most teenagers here get their driving license when they reached 18. (I should blame my late father as he was too afraid of letting me go and kept asking me to find a woman instructor!*laughs*) I got a job in an automotive company which sells BMW cars and amazingly, I didn't know how to drive that time! So, I registered myself at a driving school and asked them to teach me in a fortnight. I went for my road test and failed - I made a mistake for not pulling down the handbrake, my car couldn't moved, I was panic and I hit a pole while trying to park the car! You don't have to worry....31 means nothing. The very first time, you might feel afraid to be behind the wheels but after a few times, I bet you will love it and don't even care about the rules! *laughs*
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• United States
30 Jul 08
Hi gr8life, Thanks a lot for the encouragement..I am still studying for the guidelines and take the test for learner's permit..Thanks again!
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@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
31 Jul 08
Hello checapricorn, Don't forget to tell us the big news! Post a lengthy discussion when you finally get your driving license *big laughs* Good luck to you and hope you will be able to get it done once!
• India
27 Jul 08
just dont close ur eyes if there is a vehicle coming in front of u at speed .rest is play .learning cars is much easier than bikes or twoo wheelrs cause in cars u r not as much exposed to danger or injury as ur on a two wheeler.i earner at the age of 18 and learned driving in 1 week.i drive fast and not every one is happy with my driving.spcly my dad.so my advise is keep it slow and dont force urself on gas try to keep the gas low and relaese the clutch .thats just it.
• United States
27 Jul 08
Thanks for the tip jhony! I wish I will learn that fast!
@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
12 Jul 08
I definitely feel that you can learn how to drive car. You can learn to drive a car at any age. I learned how to drive at 16. When I was first driving, my parents would come along and give me guidance and tell me what to do and what not to do. I would have a licensed adult go with you while you are first starting out. You may want to practice driving in your neighborhood first before going out on the main roads. I practiced parking in empty parking lots. Make sure you follow all driving rules and that you car windows are in the right position and that you are familiar with all the controls in the car.
• United States
26 Jul 08
Thank you so much kgwat! I will remember all of those tips..I wish I will really learn fast!
@SnigdhaB (36)
• India
12 Jul 08
hey friend there is nothing like that you can't learn driving at 31. there's no age for learning anything. I started learning two weeks back and still I am not comfortable while driving in narrow lanes. Once i even landed on the footpath while taking a turn..lol. as for tips I would just say that listen to your instructor and believe in yourself. there is nothing in this world that you can't do and driving is a very easy thing. and one thing don't forget to practice everyday.all the best. take care.
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• United States
12 Jul 08
Wow, thanks for the encouragement Snigdha! I will and I am excited now..LOL!
@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
11 Jul 08
I was 30 years old before I got my license. I had a husband them, that drove me where ever I wanted to go so I had no need to get my license. But then I got a divorce and I needed to learn how to drive myself around. So at the age of 29 I got a car, bought from my mom for cheap, and I got my beginners license and I started driving by myself. So I am self taught and I know I shouldn't have been driving with just a beginners license but at that time I didn't care. I got lucky though and never got in an accident or got caught. I drove for over a year without my real license. So after that long I decided not to push my luck and go get my license. So I was 30 years old before I got it. I am now 51 years old and I continue to drive without ever getting into an accident, that was my fault, and I have never received a tricket of any kind. So I don't pay very much for my license or my insurance as I have a perfect record. I don't have any advice for you other than be patient with yourself and don't be too hard on your self. It takes time to learn.
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• United States
12 Jul 08
Wow, that's great chris,,,I hope I have that skill as you! LOL! Thanks for the simple yet very meaningful words or advice!
• Albania
27 Jun 08
Hey man i learned driving scince i was 15 its easy dont be affraid if you are not that good dont worry
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• United States
27 Jun 08
wow! that's cool jonigrosha! I wish I can learn it fast too!
@kenzie45230 (3560)
• United States
27 Jun 08
I learned to drive at 16. I think my mother was closer to your age. And we had a friend (a guy) who didn't learn until he was almost 50. You can do it! When I was trying to teach my son to drive, I made him read the entire manual from cover to cover first and tested him on his "head knowledge" of driving before I ever let him behind the wheel. Then we practiced at my sister's farm, then in parking lots, before he got out on the road.
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• United States
27 Jun 08
wow! Thanks kenzie, I will do that, studying the manual first! Thanks for the encouragement!
• Sri Lanka
27 Jun 08
I think if you have self confidence you can do it. I do not know why you found it difficult with a motorcycle. I was riding a bicycle when I was just 7 years old. That time the roads were clear and I do the marketing on it. Then I bought a Moped, when I was about 18. There was nothing to learn in it. It was a "Velosolex", a French made bicycle with a motor. Then after one year I bought my first motorcycle. I had to bring it home on my own. This was my first experience with a clutch. So I came home mostly on first gear. But I mastered it as I was riding without anybody's help. Then when I was about 20 my father gave me money to buy a car. A friend brought it home and my uncle promised to come one weekend and teach me. He came and for 2 days he taught me. That was all. My lessons were over and I could take my car on my own. I also would like to tell you that I have taught so many others to drive including girls and they all took only 2 days to learn. But just one friend took over 10 years. A difficult case who think too much about petty things. All this is true and there is no reason why you should not learn in two days. Remember it is the steering and the clutch that you must think of. An electric motor gets power from a circular force. You can give it more current and speed it up or give less current and slow it down. But the car engine gets power from 4 activities which are not necessarily a continuous cycle. If on of them do not happen the engine stops. So to prevent this cycle stopping you disengage the engine from the wheels using the clutch. This makes the engine run on its own without having to push the car forward. Then you use the theory of efficiency and power by using the gear so the the engine can push the car with very little effort. This is what we call the first gear or Low Gear. If you have a good relationship with your car you will know what it is asking from you. It will tell you "Please you are putting too much pressure on me" and you have shift to low gear. One the car gains momentum it will tell you let's beat it and you change to a high gear. The steering wheel is a bit tricky but you can master it in two days. Avoid busy streets. In our country (Sri Lanka) we hang an "L" board, to indicate Learner Driver and everybody gives room or keeps a distance to vehicles displaying that board.
• United States
27 Jun 08
Hi there josephperera, I wish we are neighbors and you will be my trainor..I can tell you have that great skill to impart others..LOL! One reason maybe I didn't have the confidence to learn driving motorcycle was that, it was my friends property and half of my mind is worried to destroy it, So, I was hesitant to be persistent after I bump and fall off!I know how to bike since high school but that's just it..i wish I will learn after 2 days like your students..LOL!
• Philippines
27 Jun 08
Driving can be relaxing once you get the hang of it. It can also be gruelling if you're at it most of the day esp if you're using the stick shift..LOL. Any mature age can learn it.I learned driving at 26 when i had no other choice but to learn since my husband was travelling most of the time.I had to bring the kids to and from their schools alone and asking drivers from here and there to drive for us was tasking. Its difficult at first but eventually,just like any goal in life, if you have the confidence and the determination , you will surpass it. What kept me going at that time was this thought: If ordinary undergrad drivers can do it, the more i can too! :))
• United States
27 Jun 08
Hi there mommyscribbles, thanks for the wonderful and positive attitude,,,What I love is that, I am getting a huge tips as well as positive feedback from all of you! Cheers!
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