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I've got a new job that's starting at the end of July, and I'll probably be living around 60-75 mins away from my workplace on foot. I've been thinking about learning to drive, but I've never driven before (but I have passed my theory).

My dilemma is whether to take an intensive driving course or not, as the general consensus is that even though I might pass the test, I won't have enough road experience. Normal driving lessons would take too long, and being in London, virtually impossible to book for the time I need to pass by. I've found one that claims to teach in five days, as well as offering free lessons if I fail the test, but I'm not sure if it's a good idea.

Other modes of transport (namely walking and buses) are out as the former would take too long and the latter is too unreliable. My only other realistic option is cycling, but I'm not too comfortable with cycling on roads.


Outside of using a bicycle, I would suggest the 5 day course and then start going to the location of your work in the wee hours of the day to get the route down pat.  Then start to go the same route later and later as traffic picks up.  That way you can become comfortable with driving the route when you start the job.

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Mark Winter


Traffic collision reconstructionist with 19 years of traffic collision investigation experience as an LAPD officer. I can answer questions about traffic collisions with vehicles, motorcycles, pedistrians, bicycles, and commercial vehicles. Especially cases of low speed collisions and injury potential. I can answer questions about the vehicle code (specific for Ca and in general for other states) but I am not a driving instructor nor a vehicle mechanic. You need to talk to someone else about these issues.


19 years traffic collision investigations. 17 years as traffic collision reconstructionist for the city of Los Angeles and outside consultation. Court qualified in criminal and civil cases. ACTAR #519.

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B.S. in Psychology Western Illinois University (math amjor-physics minor first two years), Now attending Chaffey college taking Calculus 3 and Chemistry working for Engineering degree

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