Learning To Drive: My Experience

 

I learnt to drive last year and passed my test about 6 months ago. Today I wanted to chat about my experience learning to drive, as I feel like it was a really big part of my life for a while!

I started learning when I was 19, which was a lot later than a lot of my friends. I didn’t want to drive at all when I turned 17. However, as started to need to get to places that required public transport ( I am not a fan of buses or coaches, they can make me feel so anxious!), it became more and more obvious that I needed to learn to drive. So I finally sent away for my provisional license and started my lessons.

Lessons.Β 

I had a really nice driving instructor who never got angry and frustrated if I couldn’t get something right, which made such a difference. One of the main tips I would give would be to find an instructor you like, because it will put you at ease. I had saved up so I could have 2 lessons each week which were all an hour and a half, which worked well for me. I just found it all stressful, specifically roundabouts! At first, my main problem was stalling the car, but I think I got over that pretty quickly. I think the thing I found hard about lessons was to remember the things I did really well – I just couldn’t help but focus on whatever went wrong in the lesson! I cried after about 3 of my lessons at the beginning, which sounds so funny to me now – nothing awful happened, I think I was just overwhelmed! But whenever I had a good lesson, I would feel in the best mood for the rest of the day. It’s ups and downs.

Theory Test

I took my theory and passed first time, with a high mark, which I felt really proud of. I owe that to the driving theory test app – it was so helpful! I think a lot of people assume it is just common sense, which it is, but some of the questions really make you think, so revising using the app made all the difference. I think it cost me around Β£5, but was definitely worth it. It was handy having the app on my phone, as I just practiced whenever I had a few spare minutes.

My Own Car

I got my car in the July, and passed at the end of September, so there was a few months where I was able to go out in my car with my parents. When I first got it, I really struggled. I have the new version of a Ford KA, which is a petrol car with a small engine. So I went from learning in a more powerful diesel engine to practicing in my little car, which meant I stalled constantly because the clutch and biting point is so different. Literally, the first time I went out in it, I think I stalled 6 times in once place, such a disaster. So I had to practice so much, even just little drives around where I lived to practice pulling out of junctions fast enough. I would say I only got my confidence in my own little car after I passed my test, so don’t worry if you are learning and it feels really strange to drive a different car – you will get there in the end!

My Driving Test

I had my driving test cancelled the week before I was due to take it back in July, with a three month waiting list for the next one. I was absolutely gutted, as I thought I was ready to take my test! But actually looking back now, I think it was fate that the test was cancelled – I don’t think I was really ready. So I took my test at the end of September and my driving test went so smoothly, literally I couldn’t believe it! As I was driving around with the examiner, I was just waiting for a disaster but I was absolutely fine. The maneuver I was given was a turn in the road, which was my favourite one, so I felt so pleased with that. After I passed though, I felt so nervous to drive on the roads! I have a whole blog post for after your test, where I shared my tips and experience on driving around by yourself!

6 Months Later?

Now I love driving. I still like to have someone with my in the car when I go somewhere brand new, for help with directions haha! I think I will always feel a bit nervous when driving to new places, but I have so much more confidence now. I always feel safe in my car, and I just love time to myself in the car, playing my music. So I just wanted to share my experience, as I was convinced I would never enjoy driving and that I would always struggle with my nerves before driving somewhere!

Passing My Driving Test Blog Post

Sorry this has been such a rambly post, so thank you if you made it to the end! Please let me know your experiences with driving as I would love to hear about how you found it!

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11 Comments

  1. February 21, 2017 / 11:18 am

    It’s so nice to hear someone else’s experience because I just failed my driving test because I stalled the car twice haha! I was definitely not ready but it’s brought my confidence down too much to attempt a test again!!

    • marblebeauty
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      February 21, 2017 / 11:57 am

      Aw sorry to hear that lovely, it’s so easy to do isn’t it! just try and think that it happened for a reason, I think that’s the best way to think about it!! Try not to let it knock your confidence, that was where I really struggled! Best of luck for the rest of your lessons! Xx

    • marblebeauty
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      February 22, 2017 / 11:11 am

      Aw I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I think I must have googled other people’s experiences driving about 100 times so I thought it might help others if I shared mine! Of course I’ll have a look now xxx

  2. February 22, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    I have never read about someone’s experience with learning to drive, what a great, informative idea! The waiting list for driving tests is such a biiiitch, I feel like you have to book before you’re even ready, just to have it in time! Also, don’t get me started on the costs, ugh! haha, brilliant post though πŸ™‚

    • marblebeauty
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      February 23, 2017 / 8:07 am

      So pleased you liked it! I know I’d have liked to read lots of posts about it while I was learning haha! Completely agree, caused me so much stress haha! Such a relief once it’s done though πŸ™‚ thank you lovely! Xx

  3. February 22, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    Oh man this brings me back to when I first started driving. I remember being so nervous for my test, there was one other person taking his test before me and he failed so I was even more nervous about going afterwards. Luckily I passed, phew! But that was like over 10 years ago. Wow YIKES, I haven’t even thought about how many years I’ve been driving now….Are you driving a standard?!?! Kudos to you, I haven’t learned to drive a standard yet, automatic all the way but I do want to learn!

    xo, JJ

    • marblebeauty
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      February 23, 2017 / 8:09 am

      Yay glad you passed when you did! Such a relief once it’s done!! Yeah standard/manual cars are the norm here, automatic cars are usually a lot more expensive! I’d love an automatic car thoughπŸ˜‚ but glad I learnt in a standard – it can only get easier haha! Xxx

      • February 23, 2017 / 3:35 pm

        Thats a cool fun fact that I didn’t know! But you’re so right now that you learnt the harder one, it’s only going to be easier lol πŸ™‚

        • marblebeauty
          Author
          February 23, 2017 / 8:48 pm

          Haha that’s the plan! Xx

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