I recently passed my driving test ( blogpost here) , so today I just wanted to share a few thoughts on what it has been like since I passed.
I was very lucky and passed first time and although I was sooo relieved to get my test out of the way, I was partly unhappy because I knew now I would actually have to drive around properly haha! I am a nervous person and I can worry about anything, driving seemed really daunting to me. I already had my little car ready for me so it was just a case of switching my insurance from provisional to full licence and I was ready to go. But I felt so nervous every time I drove. It seems funny now but I even cried twice, I was desperate to feel confident in the car but I just didn’t!
I feel like things have finally clicked in the last 2 weeks, I’m enjoying it now, my driving is much better and I’ve tackled some of the things I was super nervous about, like driving in the dark and so on. I still haven’t been in to the city near me as the roads are really busy, but I know that if I had to, I could drive it.
I think I just want to say that its OK to still be worried or nervous about driving after you pass your test. I felt like everyone was wondering why I was cautious still and they couldn’t understand why I was slowly breaking myself into driving.
But there is no rush! It is much safer to take it steady until you feel comfortable and it DOES get easier – I enjoy driving around now!
My Tips For Gaining Driving Confidence After You Pass.
- Do a small journey every day, even if it is just a 5 minute drive around where you live. This is something I tried to avoid, but any driving is extra practice! If you need to reward yourself with a cake then so be it.
- Make your car a happy place to be. Add your favourite CD’s, have some bags of sweets and your favourite air freshener and so on! Anything you need to love being in your car, then it will feel homely and nice when you get in you car.
- Have a motor way driving lesson. I can’t recommend this tip enough. It is so much easier than you think, I even enjoyed myself! It gave me so much more confidence, now I’m not frightened of the motorway, and going with an instructor means you feel completely safe.
- Go for a drive with someone who hasn’t learnt to drive. I went out with my brother, who happily sat as a passenger without trying to give me tips and tricks, so I could just get used to driving by myself but without feeling lonely in the car!
I hope this was helpful, I had seen a lot of people talk about how great it is to pass your test – and it is of course! But it can seem really daunting to suddenly be alone and in control of a car, so don’t worry if you feel nervous at first!