My driving licence (Führerschein) experience+tips

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Dear all,

 

I would like to share my driving licence experiences here. I took almost 8 months to get my driving licence. Driving licence test in Germany includes two parts, the first one is theory for which you will get the study material from the Driving school if not you have to get yourself which includes 52 sheets (bogen) each with approx.30 Questions. If you read this stuff its more than enough. Take few online tests before you go to the Exam. If you do not do more than one mistake in the mock tests that means you are ready for Exam. If not repeat once again all your 52 sheets until you get confidence. I read once looking at the answers and then second time with out looking at the answers and I have marked the difficult onces. Third time I read only the marked or flagged difficult Q's. Then I did few online tests and then ready for the exam. I passed my theory exam with 0 mistakes. I'm very happy! but its not yet over, now the real game starts for me i.e Practical test which includes for a beginner 12 mandatory driving classes(5 Autobahn,3 night, 4 cityoutskirts) plus practice classes : Unfortunately I have to take the test thrice to get my driving licence. I did very silly mistakes during the first two tests. In the first one, I was close to the traffic lights 15m away then the signal turned yellow, I should break suddenly instead I thought I cross it, but unfortunately at the last second it was red. Thats it!! its gone..thats the only mistake I did it in 45 mins. In the second one, while taking turn I shifted from one lane to the other unfortunately because I followed the guy who is just travelling infront of me..that means never follow a guy ahead of you. Finally, in my last attempt i.e the thrid one..I did not do even a single small mistake. He took me to the areas where there are no entry signs and only residents are allowed etc..In brief, for practical exam, concentrate on the important signs like SPEED,30 Zone, STOP, NOENTRY, GIVEWAY, Pedestrain Zone,Zebra crossing, RED signal, Rechts vor Links, Parking, Lanes (continuous and dashed). Before taking practical exam do a practice drive with out even a single mistake that makes you ready for the Test. I wish the guys who are taking driving test in Germany all the very best. Be confident you are going to make it in the first attempt itself.

 

Hope its helpful :)

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Hello Mishawar,

First of all Congrates on ur 8 months tough but successful license stint!!

It's so nice of you to put down your experience in such a great detail.

My hubby plans to apply for driving license now.Your post will surely help him a lot.

Btw my hubby was searching for a test material.Pls suggest where can he get English material? in any driving school?Are you planning to sell yours?

Sooooo...enjoy the German car rides now as you are permitted to drive :D

 

Cheers,

Pallavi

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hello friend,

congrats and thanks for tip.

i am also planning to enroll myself in coming days.do you have any tip regarding learning material or any suggestion for online links specially for questions.

 

regards,

kuldeep

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Congrats on your licence. I'm currently taking driving lessons myself (had my 4th driving lesson today, will have my 5th on Thursday followed by my last theory lesson and possibly on Thursday week my theory exam.

 

My first driving session was good, second was great, I was so confident, did almost everything right, the instuctor was full of compliments on how good I was, and then I really screwed up my 3rd one (guess I was too sure of myself, which was probably a good thing, it certainly brought me back down to earth ;) ) Today was quite OK, still working on the whole changing gear and steering thing, but things will get better (I hope) worried about screwing up the actual driving test, but trying not to think about it too much, I've a long way to go before then and still so much to learn.

 

 

that means never follow a guy ahead of you.

 

Yeah my instructor warned me about this, it seems to happen a lot, especially in an exam situation, probably due to nervousness

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Hey thats nice to hear about the tips... Thanks for the tip. can i know How many euros should we have to spend on this whole process???

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It all depends on the driving school and how good you are, my school charges 100€ registration, the 40€ "Fahrschulcard" (an online learning system is included in the price) 25€ per driving lesson (a total of 12 mandatory and whatever amount of practice lessons are necessary, my instructor said at least 12, maybe more all depending on how quick you learn)

 

My school doesn't charge for the theory lessons but then there's a 5€ charge for the threory exam and a 60€ charge for the practical exam.

 

Different schools have different prices, check which one is cheaper in your area (but also check how good it is, sometimes it pay to pay more) I think one of the most important choices when choosing a school, is to find an instructor you feel comfortable with, you're probably going to be a bundle of nerves when you drive for the first time, the last thing you want is to have an instructor who makes things worse.

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One quick question, are you allowed bring a pen and paper into the theory exam? I find it helpful to do a sketch to help visualise the whole situation better

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Hi Lassie, If you need you can carry but its not necessary. Breaking distance and stopping distance calculations will be very simple for that actually you don't need. The examiner will give you a Touch Pad device to take the test. You do also have an option to flag the Q's which you are not certain and come back again. All the best guys!

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Hey thats nice to hear about the tips... Thanks for the tip. can i know How many euros should we have to spend on this whole process???

 

It depends on person to person. Actually its very difficult to say as it completely depends on no. of training classes you take etc.etc.If you are a beginner and If you probably clear it in single attempt both the tests then it will be around 1500-2000€ depending on your driving school as well.

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Hi Pallavi,

 

thanks for the wishes. I already gave my material to one of my friend. Did he already registred in Driving school, If yes, ask in the Driving school. they could provide it. All the best for your hubby :)

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Lassie yours is quite cheap, here in Stuttgart my daughter paid 37 Euro per lesson and a whopping 45 Euro just to take the written test (which she has failed twice!) I think so far she has spent close to 1000 Euros and she still had to take the written test again and then a couple more practice lessons and the practical test.

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Hi Lassie, If you need you can carry but its not necessary. Breaking distance and stopping distance calculations will be very simple for that actually you don't need. The examiner will give you a Touch Pad device to take the test. You do also have an option to flag the Q's which you are not certain and come back again. All the best guys!

 

Just passed the theory, didn't need my pen & paper, I was quite nervous as it was almost too easy - but that's probably becaue I put in a lot of effort to learn for it, three other people took the test with me and they all failed, so the learning really paid off (or I just got lucky)

 

One mistake I always made while taking the exam simulation test was that I didn't read the questions properly and made loads of mistakes, but when the time came to take the actual test, I was more careful and attentive and it all worked out, now the biggest hurdle will be the driving test, but I have about another 16-20 lessons to go before I can take it, so hopefully when the time comes, it'll all go smoothly

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Having a hard time with the cluch control when starting (changing gears while driving is OK) looks like it's going to take a while before my instructor lets me take the test... :(

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Don't worry and just keep practicing. One day it will just all come together and suddenly you'll find it all working out. So don't get discouraged. It will just take a little more time for you to coordinate everything and for your muscles to sort of "learn" the proper moves. After a while you won't even have to consciously think about how to start a car and get it moving, and will be able to completely focus on not bumping into things. ;)

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Don't worry and just keep practicing. One day it will just all come together and suddenly you'll find it all working out. So don't get discouraged. It will just take a little more time for you to coordinate everything and for your muscles to sort of "learn" the proper moves. After a while you won't even have to consciously think about how to start a car and get it moving, and will be able to completely focus on not bumping into things. )

 

Yep, now all I have to do is wait for that day ;)

 

My lesson today was a bit better (didn't stall the car too much ;))

 

My main problem is, that I want to get away as fast as possible so I don't block the traffic, which means I'm in such a hurry to get moving when the lights turn green and let go of the clutch too fast - which means I end up stalling the car and blocking the crosroads - exactly what I don't want to do...

 

...but I have a good instructor who I can trust, so I'm sure sooner or later it will all come together (for my bank balance's sake, hopefully sooner)

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I've just completed mine! Passed the practical last week Monday. It took me just over 2 months all in all, I attended theory lessons 4 times a week and took on average 3 double driving lessons per week. I really wanted and had to get it out of the way quickly as I had found out we would be moving. I also studied my arse off where the theory is concerned so I passed that first time and was lucky that all went well during the practical, so I passed that first time too, otherwise it would have taken a lot longer. My biggest bit of advice is not to underestimate the theory and REALLY study more than you think you need to for it, apparantly that's the hurdle most people tend to get stuck on (that and not attending the lessons regularly and you need 12 + 2 specialised topic lessons to be eligible to take the test).

 

Irish Lassie - it WILL come together, I have the opposite problem, I'm slow to get going but my instructor said from the get go he prefers for me to start slowly and not stall out to begin with and then the speed comes later and I am already much quicker than I was (at least now quick enough not to really piss off the people behind me). Forget the people behind you, you're in a Fahrschule car so they don't really expect any different anyway :)

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Congrats Rilana.

 

I have the theory done and passed first go with 0 mistakes, but as far as underestimating the theory I think you're right, my instructor told me that on average, more people fail the theory first time round than actually fail the practical. When I took my theory, there was three people in the room when I went in and they all failed, so I started to panic a little, but I had a great online learning system and studied hard for it so when I took the test there were no surprises.

 

Yeah, my instructor told me not to worry about starting off slow, speed comes with experience. Unfortunately there are quite a few eejits out there who seem to have forgotten that they too, were once beginners and let you know you're slowing them down, I just have to learn to blend them out

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:lol: Thanks Bipa! So much for me driving my 'new' car every day this week to practice.

 

P.s. Irish Lassie - I've driven on my own twice since getting my license and I still can't get ahead around the fact that I'm ALLOWED to just drive, I still don't feel like I can... I'm hoping this will pass quickly, it's a bit scary!

 

Just seen your post above, I agree - people see the Fahrschule car and act like complete jerks, my instructor said they should stick police cameras in a Fahrschule car as they'd rake in the cash. It's hard to ignore but I found joking about them with my instructor helped relax me a bit and I absolutely second the online learning system - did the same and it really really helped me prepare, I think most people get a bit lazy with it because it is insanely boring.

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