les Davey de France

Alan and Pat live and work in Bordeaux. Alan is a pastor and Pat was a nurse. Now we work with UFM worldwide. Read on! (If you'd like to know what took us to Bordeaux, then start with the archives from September 2004)

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Driving lessons

It's time the boy learnt to drive. In France you can do what they call conduite accompanié from the age of 16. Here's how it works :

1) You sign up and do your code de la route training and test.

2) After that you get 20 hours minimum of on the road driving tuition.

3) Then you get to do 1000 km of accompanied drivign with your folks.

4) A meeting to review progress.

5) A further 2000 km of accompanied driving.

6) A final meeting to review progress.

7) Driving test.

There's good news and bad news.

Bad news first :

It costs a lot. However you can pay in four instalments at points 1, 2, 3 and 7.
The code de la route tuition. He can only possibly do classes on Wednesday afternoon or Saturday morning.

Now the good news :

Both Pat and I can accompany his driving.
There's no reason why our British driving licences should prevent us doing this.
Insuring him for the car won't cost anything.
He'll get cheaper insurance once he gets his own car.

1 comment:

Emmanuel said...

One thing to keep in mind: it may be expensive, but it is usually cheaper than waiting until you are 18 and do it all then without la conduite accompagnée. Another one is that those who have been through la conduite accompagnée often manage to pass their driving test the first time (although both me and my brother failed a few times, but we're not good examples). Finally, I think (but I am not 100% sure) that those who go through la conduite accompagnée are safer drivers, or at least this is the theory.