*When I hit 17, the first thing I would think about was driving. All I wanted to do was learn to drive, and drive quickly.
Driving is quite a scary concept, especially when you haven’t started to drive yet. You have all the power and independence you ever wanted. It’s such a great feeling.
Before I had my first driving lesson, I had never even been in the drivers seat. I got in the car on my first driving lesson and just looked around and thought to myself ‘What the hell are these pedals for, and how does the stick in the middle work?!’ I was genuinely terrified, I didn’t know how anything worked or what to do. I remember feeling really useless on my first lesson, I think I only moved about 5 meters up the road. But after a few more lessons, and a few more after that. I was finally starting to get the confidence and was able to think ‘Hang on, I can do this.’
Of course everyone has a few little scares when they start learning driving, it’s normal. It’s a brand new activity that you’re doing, which you’ve never done before, and technically it can be dangerous too. You definitely have to be in the right mind set whilst driving, make sure you’re awake and are concentrating with nothing to distract you. It’s completely normal to be nervous and have a few near misses, everyone does it. It’s just a massive learning curve.
As soon as your driving instructor tells you, just a few more lessons and you are ready to book your test, it finally becomes real, that you will be on the road in no time.
Taking the actual test was not as scary as I thought it would be, I’m not sure why though as you don’t know what direction you are going to go, until you get there. You are also with someone you have never met before, which can be a nerve racking thing. But just think, in about half an hour, your test will be over and you will (hopefully) be a driver!
I was super lucky and somehow managed to pass my test the first time, which I was so proud of. But I think it took me just over 40 hours of learning to pass, and I know some of my friends were having half that and felt ready to take their test. Just remember everything feels comfortable at different times, and it’s completely up to you wether you feel ready enough to take the test. It’s such a great feeling when you pass your test, you feel like you have conquered the world!
I absolutely loved learning to drive. I am so happy that I did it when I was legally allowed, I just loved the thought of the freedom I would have. I have now been driving for about 5 years, and I still absolutely love driving. It may be the fact that I have my dream car too. I learnt in a MINI which was my absolute dream to have. So as my first car I had a Citroen C1 which really did me well. But in the last year I thought it was time for a change, and I was lucky enough to be able to get my dream car, which was a MINI. Having a car you love, really enhances your driving experience.
If you are going to start driving lessons, or are taking them and are near your test, there is an amazing website which I think will help you out so much. It is Book Learn Pass and it is a website that will give you great revision tips and all the help you could possibly need in order to make your driving experience the best it can be, so make sure you go and check that out.
How did you find your driving experience?
Love always, G x