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Driving lesson (idea) pratique et théorique

Hello. My name is Anushka. I'm from Lausanne, Switzerland. I would like to ask an idea of how to start my driving lesson here. I don't have enough budget for theorique and pratique lesson. Would anyone here has any idea for driving lesson that doesn't cost too much? And what do I need to do to have a driving license? Or is there some company or sociale that can help me not to pay too much on driving lesson? Thank you so much and I'm looking forward on your ideas.

No harsh comments please. Been here for a year so I really don't know how things work out in Suisse. Merci mille fois.
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Re: Driving lesson (idea) pratique et théorique

I'm afraid learning to drive here is very expensive and there are no short cuts- or help available for learning to drive (if you think about it, if you can't afford the lessons, buying, insuring, running and maintaining a car is not going to happen).

I was very lucky when I learnt in the 60s- no separate theory test, no ist aid course, 8 lessons and B0b's your uncle. But I did have a BF who was happy to let me drive everywhere, so I got tons of practise with driving, and it really helped. Just taking lessons and not having daily practise would take a long time. Hope you don't see my comment as harsh, but just the reality.
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Re: Driving lesson (idea) pratique et théorique

Yep, a time machine is your only option to make it cheaper - 70's Britain should be about right.

Buy a beat up old mini traveller, for a couple of hundred, rub down the rust and apply plenty of filler and hand paint with some left over blue emulsion.

Then just bimble around for a couple of months, with a qualified driver at the side; book test for about 10 quid (IIRC) and a few lessons to learn the tricks to pass the test, and to have an 'official' instructor car for the test (NB although £5 per hour lesson is not cheap, if you book a block of 5 lessons and pay up front, there is 50p reduction, making total £24.50 - worth considering).

Choose your instructor carefully - if work schedule dictates early morning lessons, don't choose one who's out on the piss every evening, turning up always with dark glasses and a hangover. Also be wary if same instructor turns up only 30 mins before test is booked (which is 20 mins. drive away), instead of the 90 mins. booked for last minute fine tuning ....... especially if it's in completely different car than the one used for the lessons.
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Re: Driving lesson (idea) pratique et théorique

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I know a young woman - in 2015 - in a similar situation to yours. She does not earn enough to pay for the lessons, and certainly not to run a car, but she could probably get a better job if she had a drivers' licence for work, so she wishes she could drive.

She has two friends who do own cars, and they went out to find some far away, abandoned industrial site with an open parking-lot. There, her friends have taught her the basics of driving, and they take her there for her to practice driving their cars. It's a start. She will still need to pay for the lessons, later, when she has money, but at least by then she will probably be able to drive fairly well, so that she will get by with the minimum number of lessons (and not need to pay for repeats or extra lessons).

She is doing the same thing with the theory. If I understood her correctly, she has bought the book from which she has to learn (or she found a website with theory lessons and maybe even tests, I've forgotten exactly what she said.... I think your Testing Office would be able to tell you what is available) and she is studying that in her free time. Again, she has not yet paid for the Learner's Licence Test, because she doesn't yet have the money. But when she does, later, she will have learnt and tested her knowledge so thoroughly, that she will save money by passing the first time.

That's not a full solution, but it is at least a way of keeping the tuition costs, and the testing fees, down to a minimum.
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Re: Driving lesson (idea) pratique et théorique

My parents will buy a second hand car, so I don't need any maintenance to pay for the car etc. As for the driving lesson, my parents can't afford me to driving school as they don't earn too much money from work. I'm doing apprenticeship but I don't earn too much because I also pay for my abonnement etc. My cousin have the theorique guide/book so that'll be a good help for me, as for the pratique, I don't know anyone who can help me little by little to learn driving, my father is so busy at work that he doesn't have much time to teach me driving. Well, thanks for the advice and ideas.
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Hi

Do you have ANY existing licence at all?
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Nope, I don't have one. I neither didn't have any experience in driving car. I really want to learn driving.
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Re: Driving lesson (idea) pratique et théorique

well then, the only option is to study the theory really well on your own - thus spending a bare minimum on classes - and passing the test at first go.

Sorry... we ARE living in the most expensive country in the world...
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Nope, I don't have one. I neither didn't have any experience in driving car. I really want to learn driving.
The first thing you need to do is the first aid course and then you can apply for your learner drivers licence. You will then need to have the eye test to apply for the licence plus complete the theory course and do the theory exam in order to be issued with the learner driver licence. You can do all the theory lessons using a CD, online practice tests or the book and once you've learned everything really well present yourself for the exam.
Once you have passed the theory course and got the provisional licence you can then start doing the practical stuff.

The first aid course costs around 100chf and ( in Neuchatel) the theory exam costs 30chf every time you take it.
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The Fnac has some books & software.
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Re: Driving lesson (idea) pratique et théorique

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Hello. My name is Anushka. I'm from Lausanne, Switzerland. I would like to ask an idea of how to start my driving lesson here.
Normally this would cost around 2500 - 3000 CHF in Lausanne with all charges (medical courses, books, learning with instructor, etc). I went through this with my wife recently and most of the driving instructors in Lausanne charge you around 100 CHF per academical hour (50 min). They would recomend around 20 to 40 hours of practicing.

Of course, you can try to do this with your boyfriend of husband, but the practical exams are quite strict in canton VD and I doubt that driving with non professional instructor will make you pass. It will be helpful for sure, but the devil is in details, so ... Some people seem to pass just with 6 - 8 hours of practicing, however as they say "hope for the best, plan for the worst". You need to plan the worst case scenario. That means that once you started the process you will wish to finish it since this is costly. In that sense it is better to plan ahead and make sure you will have enough money to continue learning.
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