Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Would you?

You've had a long day and you need to get home.

There's been people hastling you all day and you just want to get away from them, your mate's best friend offers to drive you, but you know he's been in the bar most of the evening and you reckon he's probably over the limit, but he's a trained professional driver and your mate tells you he's good at his job.

You and your three friends decide you'll risk it (the people in the hotel where you're staying are really hastling you and you just want to get away).

You get in the car, but you notice that the people hastling you are now beginning to get on mopeds and in cars to follow you - damn.

The guy driving knows you just want to get away from them, if that means going quick then so be it.

You want to keep an eye on them, so you don't put your seat belt on - you can keep an eye on where they are this way. The driver is going pretty quick, still trying to get away from the guys following you. You know they only want to chat and take photos, but they're sooooo annoying.

You're now trying to get away from them through the centre of a busy city, through tunnels, in a high powered Mercedes - pretty exciting stuff really.


You find yourself crushed into the footwell, in massive amounts of pain.

You black out.

You wonder whose fault it was?

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Guaranteed pass driving test courses

Oh hell this one is so much fun!!!!


I personally find it terrifying that people actually think that somewhere out there there's someone who can definitely guarantee that you'll pass a driving test. Who do they think we are - miracle workers?

The simple fact is - any company who actually offer a guarantee that you'll pass your test has thought very carefully about the kind of people who search for this.

They're fools who can be easily parted from their money!

And if those same people think - what the heck, it's guaranteed isn't it? Well read the frickin small print people - you're not getting a guarantee - what you are getting at best is a promise that if you don't pass - you'll get something back.

The majority of these "guarantees" simply involve giving you a few lessons free, or maybe paying for your next test. Hardly a guarantee, more a booby prize.

The searches that tend to have "guarantee" in them tend also to be aimed at finding intensive courses - which means usually that people have had to travel to and stay somewhere other than their home town - is this covered in the "guarantee" if you don't pass? Probably not.

Lets face it - intensive courses aren't the most sensible way to take a driving test. They become useful to certain people who have certain restrictions on their time, but these restrictions can usually be overcome in your own area, with a pay as you go driving instructor - don't be tempted to travel for one of these courses, as you are asking for a disappointment.

If you want to learn to drive - find a good instructor who can fit lessons around your lifestyle. To find one who does this you'll have to pay them a reasonable amount (anything less than £20 an hour is probably too cheap and a good instructor charging £25/hour may save you a fortune by teaching you well and quickly).

Once you've got the instructor right - then you need to do some work yourself. Concentrate, put every effort into all of your lessons and become an active observer whenever you are in a car, a bus, or even a pedestrian.

If you do this and keep a positive mental attitude - anyone can learn to drive.

You won't need any guarantees.