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Taking the practical driving test in St Gallen and failing.

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I moved to CH about a month ago. So I have had my driver's license (not Swiss) for 4.5 years however I've NEVER used it , because I didn't have access to a car (my parents never had one). But I still have the option to take the one chance drivers test. I am planning to take as many lessons as I can, however I'm not too confident about passing the test the first time. So my question is, once you have failed the "one chance test" can you immediately start taking the first aid, theory, eye exam ect to start the practical lessons again, or is there an amount of time you need to wait?
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The driving school should prepare you for the test, also since you are in your 1st year you can also rent a car for a day or a week and make many hours in the car to build up your confidence. You could even take the inside roads to Geneva do some shopping across the border and a nice restaurant and take the highway back to get a load of kilometers done. And much cheaper than the driving school. Maybe somebody from EF or your work wants to give you company for a day out and a load of tips while driving.
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Old 02.01.2020, 09:21
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Re: Taking the practical driving test in St Gallen and failing.

St Gallen to Geneva would certainly get him a lot of kilometres under his belt but it’s a hell of a long way to go just for lunch and shopping.

I’d advise him to have a drive with an instructor first to get acquainted with the Swiss roads and rules and then use a rental car to get a few shorter runs in to build his confidence a bit.

He has a few months to practice before he needs to do the test.
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St Gallen to Geneva would certainly get him a lot of kilometres under his belt but itís a hell of a long way to go just for lunch and shopping.

Iíd advise him to have a drive with an instructor first to get acquainted with the Swiss roads and rules and then use a rental car to get a few shorter runs in to build his confidence a bit.

He has a few months to practice before he needs to do the test.
Kilometers was the main goal, the shopping and restaurant just the extra's. And yep, he almost has a year. If he wants a car anyway he could take some months to get used to it all and after that use the car daily for half a year before going for a test. Should be a breeze.
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If you do decide to rent a car, take the absolute maximum insurance possible.


As you appear to be very inexperienced their is a high chance of a small accident or kerbing of wheels or paint scraping.


Rental companies are notoriously expensive when charging for damages and notoriously good at finding damages.


Check the car thoroughly before siginig for it, take photos and report any damage, however small it may be.
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If you do decide to rent a car, take the absolute maximum insurance possible.


As you appear to be very inexperienced their is a high chance of a small accident or kerbing of wheels or paint scraping.


Rental companies are notoriously expensive when charging for damages and notoriously good at finding damages.


Check the car thoroughly before siginig for it, take photos and report any damage, however small it may be.
And also important, when returning without a take-over on spot make photo's/video's of the entire car so they don't screw you over.

I once failed to do so and somebody crashed the corner during the night and I was found to be liable since I could not prove the car was undamaged when I returned it.
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Re: Taking the practical driving test in St Gallen and failing.

I leave all the good advice to the others - as they are good.

I got only one for you: Change your attitude!
  • You past a driving test once already. Maybe unfortunately on the wrong side of the road?
  • You know the general traffic laws (as you past that test once as well)
  • You have time to practice.
  • Get the <<CH-FahrschuleĽ Theoriebuch (E)>> and study it well. You can get it in English. (click on "Option wšhlen" to pick English)
  • Invest some money in a few lessons and ask the teacher to point out what's different here /what priorities they might have here
  • Take note that everything is smaller here = more traffic signs/changes on shorter notice.
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