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Driving Lesson number 2

Today I had my second driving lesson, and the first one in Bradford and with BSM, who, after last week, have been fine. Though we did have to spend some time going over what I did and didn’t know from the previous lesson, we were soon back to the hands-on stuff, practising on a bit of straightish, flat road outside Bradford’s Abundant Life Centre which was very quiet bar about 5 other cars from different driving schools.

My stopping and starting has now improved greatly and I only stalled a couple of times over several practice runs. We also did a bit of turning left, which is something that I do need to work on. But overall my instructor seems to be pleased with my progress. It’s unlikely that I’ll be sitting my theory test for another couple of months yet, and the practical test will be some time after that, but I’m getting there.


  1. Whoa there! You Britons are allowed to take driving lessons even before passing the theory test? Sounds like a rather risky strategy to me… 😮
    In Belgium, we must pass the test before attending lessons in a driving school, or make sure that we pass the test during the first few lessons (essentially, before driving in crowded places).

  2. I can see your point, Markus, but it’s the other way round here. They recommend you’ve been driving for a couple of months at least before you take the theory as you’ll have a nbetter grasp of the practical applications. But then, if you don’t know the basics of the highway code, then you have no chance when you get on the road.
    Sounds a bit catch 22 to me!

  3. heh, I misread and thought you said you’d driven into a bar!