able to drive is seen by most as an essential skill. It's an invaluable
talent and provides you with the freedom which many people crave.
In past years however, learning to drive has become an ever more
difficult and most importantly, an amazingly expensive process but
is it really worth the hundreds, even thousands of pounds that it
costs? Or is it a skill that people can really do without?
17 means teenagers living in the UK can start learning to drive
a car, something many will have been looking forward to since they
were young. But will they still be as keen when they realise the
cost of not only the professional lessons - now around £20
for an hour - but the DVDs, books and test fees as well?
to the stage where you are a full licence holder is a lot harder
than it used to be. There's not only the practical driving test
- learners now have to take a multiple choice theory exam, then
sit a hazard perception assessment as well as answer maintenance
questions about the car. This turns most people into a nervous wreck
and it's not surprising that the national pass rate is getting lower
by the day and is now around a dismal 42%.
it all worth it?
| I'm beginning to ask is it all worth
I've been learning to drive for nearly three months now, clocking
up one theory test, around 40 hours of professional tuition, sadly,
one failed practical test and too much money to even bare thinking
about, along the way. Now I'm beginning to ask is it all worth it?
my first test at the beginning of January after waiting a long two
months to sit it. It was the most nerve wracking thing I've ever
done - way above taking GCSEs or having a job interview - and I
think the pressure is on learners even more by the need to pass
or face yet more ridiculous sums of money and at
least a month long waiting list (three months in some parts of the
country) until you can go through the 'privilege' again. Maybe,
if you could get another test date within two weeks, and not have
to pay £42 for 40 minutes driving, failing wouldn't seem such
a big deal.
drivers are getting a third class service from the DSA and having
to pay a fortune to receive it. It desperately needs to be sorted
out and fast.
like the majority of the population, I see driving as a necessity.
The freedom of being able to jump in a car, not needing to wait
for a bus, walk in the rain or rely on other people is a massive
advantage to me, so for now, I'll just to put up with the money
and waiting until I hear those precious words 'You've passed!'.
by Fay Daniels
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