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Old Nov 24th 2005, 2:06 pm
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Ok I can`t drive - don`t particularly want to learn either but I think I`m probably going to have to be able to drive if I want to have any sort of life in Perth. I`ve got my application for my provisional sitting on my dining room table looking at me (I did have a provisional when I was 19 but only had about 4 lessons so it lapsed) Do you think it`s easier to wait until we get (if) to Perth or am I better biting the bullet and doing it now?? I know people have said on here about the driving in Australia but I`m not sure whats worse having seen some of the driving here in Hampshire.
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Originally Posted by gobbyjock
Ok I can`t drive - don`t particularly want to learn either but I think I`m probably going to have to be able to drive if I want to have any sort of life in Perth. I`ve got my application for my provisional sitting on my dining room table looking at me (I did have a provisional when I was 19 but only had about 4 lessons so it lapsed) Do you think it`s easier to wait until we get (if) to Perth or am I better biting the bullet and doing it now?? I know people have said on here about the driving in Australia but I`m not sure whats worse having seen some of the driving here in Hampshire.
Im in exactly the same boat too...
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Originally Posted by gobbyjock
Ok I can`t drive - don`t particularly want to learn either but I think I`m probably going to have to be able to drive if I want to have any sort of life in Perth. I`ve got my application for my provisional sitting on my dining room table looking at me (I did have a provisional when I was 19 but only had about 4 lessons so it lapsed) Do you think it`s easier to wait until we get (if) to Perth or am I better biting the bullet and doing it now?? I know people have said on here about the driving in Australia but I`m not sure whats worse having seen some of the driving here in Hampshire.
Fact, WA people simply do not know how to drive properly. Either they drive like total pedantic geratrics (braking at green lights for example) or they drive like complete hoon nutters (nearly rear ended some pr*ck who cut me up this morning). I'd do it there, it'll give you a head start when you get here & you'll learn how to drive postively which I don't think would happen here. it's easy to change your licence over when you get here (took me about 20mins).
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Originally Posted by Ransi
Im in exactly the same boat too...
Glad it`s not just me then
I reckon I will bite the bullet (it`s just working up the nervr to get in the car & do it)My last driving lesson all those years ago resulted in the driving instructor kicking me out of the car - you have all been warned!!
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One thing you will have to look out for is that Aussies customarily use their indicators.

In the UK, people use them rarely - if at all. They simply overtake you (cutting you off if necessary) and change lanes without any warning whatsoever.

This makes life very interesting on the motorways.
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Originally Posted by Vash the Stampede
One thing you will have to look out for is that Aussies customarily use their indicators.

In the UK, people use them rarely - if at all. They simply overtake you (cutting you off if necessary) and change lanes without any warning whatsoever.

This makes life very interesting on the motorways.
LOL - yep I`ve noticed that and I can`t even drive.
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Fact, WA people simply do not know how to drive properly. Either they drive like total pedantic geratrics (braking at green lights for example) or they drive like complete hoon nutters (nearly rear ended some pr*ck who cut me up this morning). I'd do it there, it'll give you a head start when you get here & you'll learn how to drive postively which I don't think would happen here. it's easy to change your licence over when you get here (took me about 20mins).
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Just check about 'swapping' your licence if you only have a provisional. I am not sure if it is as easy as when you have a full license. It may be, but it is worth checking. You don't want to go to the expense of getting your license from scratch and then having to do it all over again.

Different states have different rules.

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Originally Posted by gobbyjock
Ok I can`t drive - don`t particularly want to learn either but I think I`m probably going to have to be able to drive if I want to have any sort of life in Perth. I`ve got my application for my provisional sitting on my dining room table looking at me (I did have a provisional when I was 19 but only had about 4 lessons so it lapsed) Do you think it`s easier to wait until we get (if) to Perth or am I better biting the bullet and doing it now?? I know people have said on here about the driving in Australia but I`m not sure whats worse having seen some of the driving here in Hampshire.

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now, now that is not very nice is it??!! (funny, but not very nice)
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I advise to learn where you are now because it's stressful enough learning to drive when you are familiar with an area, it's worse when you are in an area that you don't know well.

Good luck...you can do it - I did
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I advise to learn where you are now because it's stressful enough learning to drive when you are familiar with an area, it's worse when you are in an area that you don't know well.

Good luck...you can do it - I did
You`ve got a point there! I think what I might do is send off for my provisional, then possibly try to do a block of lessons at once rather than taking a lesson a week. Trouble is I always come up with a reason not to do it.....
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Let's just ask the insurance companies who they think are better drivers, shall we.
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Originally Posted by gobbyjock
You`ve got a point there! I think what I might do is send off for my provisional, then possibly try to do a block of lessons at once rather than taking a lesson a week. Trouble is I always come up with a reason not to do it.....
I was exactly the same, always putting it off and having excuses and then one day my husband told me he had booked me some lessons and then I had to go and honestly, it was the best thing that could have happened. Now that I am driving, I am annoyed that it took me so long.
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Yep they use their indicators a couple of seconds after they have cut you up.

I always thought it was mirror - signal - move not in Oz its move -signal.

I would take the lessons and test in the UK if I were you.

Originally Posted by Vash the Stampede
One thing you will have to look out for is that Aussies customarily use their indicators.

In the UK, people use them rarely - if at all. They simply overtake you (cutting you off if necessary) and change lanes without any warning whatsoever.

This makes life very interesting on the motorways.
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