Sunday, 4 September 2016

Beep Beep - Seven Years Behind the Wheel.

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When Book Learn Pass got in touch with me about the campaign they are running to get more young people on the road this Summer, it made me reminisce about my experience of learning to drive and how far I've come since I passed my test, seven whole years ago - wow, I feel old now... 

I had my first driving lesson on my 17th birthday as I couldn't wait to get started and get out on the road on my own! My driving instructor was lovely and put me at ease straight away. The first few lessons were on a quiet industrial estate which was good as all my stalling and harsh breaking would have been no good on the open roads! Whilst my first few lessons were nerve racking and frustrating, they were also hugely rewarding when all of a sudden everything I had been taught started to fall into place. 

My overall experience of learning to drive was pretty scary, particularly during the weeks leading up to my theory test and my practical test. For my theory test, I bought a Highway Code to revise from and also a disc to go into my computer that had lots of mock tests on. By doing these tests over and over again, I managed to pass my theory test first time round. If I was to be in this situation again, I would definitely make use of the free resources on Book Learn Pass to help me with my revision. 

In the weeks leading up to my practical test, we drove around all the different routes that the test may take, practicing any tricky parts over and over again. I failed my first test, purely and simply because I let my nerves get the better of me. You need to remember the examiner doesn't expect you to drive like you have done for 30 years, they know that you will be very cautious and not as smooth as an experienced driver so just try to relax and pretend you're just in one of your lessons! This advice helped me on my second test where I only got one minor. Woop! 

The feeling once I had passed my test was unbelievable. The sense of freedom and independence was incredible. It took months after I'd passed my test for me to build up my confidence and for my driving to become smooth and relaxed, but plenty of trips to McDonald's Drive Thru and to the beach for ice creams with the girls meant that I felt like an experienced driver in no time. 

Now looking back, passing my test was the best thing I've done. Not only have I had some amazing cars in the past seven years, it's opened up huge opportunities for me, whether that's travelling for my job or going on holidays in the UK to the Lakes or to festivals in Scotland.  

If you're considering learning to drive, whatever your age, all I can say is go for it!! 

Beep beep! 


*This post was written in collaboration with Book Learn Pass.

2 comments:

  1. You go girl! Great post, I've never learned to drive and not sure I'm ready yet as I'm still over my head trying to cope with health anxiety >< but once I'm more confident and our little family is settled I would love to try it :D even if I don't drive often I'd love to have the skill there! xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara | (lets follow each other on bloglovin or instagram)

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    1. Hey Elizabeth,

      Thanks so much for your comment :)

      You should definitely learn when you can, even if you don't go far in your car, it gives you a lot of freedom.

      My Mam who is 52 only learned a few years ago and although she only has the confidence to drive short distances and to places she knows, she has never looked back! :)

      KT xo.

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