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I have been asked by a few people lately for top tips when learning to drive, if you don’t already know I started learning to drive with my Grandad and then took a break after an unfortunate car crash (I wasn’t driving) when I was 7 months pregnant. It put me off a little but a month after having my daughter I decided it was time to get back behind the wheel. Within 4 months of getting back into the swing of things I had passed my driving test. I remember being so nervous about taking the theory and went in with my fingers crossed, I failed first time by 1 point.. 1 point!!!! I was gutted but passed 2nd time and knew that I could do it as I was so close the first time. I had a few driving lessons with an amazing driving instructor who put my needs first and helped me fight any anxious feelings that I had towards driving which really boosted my confidence and made passing my test first time even easier.
Alot of people assume that the test is really hard, with my cousins and my brother both being of that age where they’re starting to learn to drive I know how worried some of you are about the test but honestly the theory is the hardest part. If you can drive and remember to check your mirrors and are doing all the right checks already with your instructor you’ll be absolutely fine. A driving instructor will always give you tips on what you need to do to improve and if they dont then you need to find a better driving instructor..
Practice as much as you can, I wouldn’t bother buying books and DVD’s because you can get it all online and your driving instructor will give you the correct logins for the right websites. Dont be over confident, download the apps and test yourself every day. Just because you get 50/50 once doesn’t mean you’ll pass first time. Also practise your highway code, you need to know what the signs mean to ensure that you’re a safe driver. You can’t afford to miss a stop sign because you could be dead within seconds. Realistically cars are typically death machines, you NEED to be careful and you need to practise. You’ve got 2 years to take your driving test before your theory certificate runs out so take your time, don’t rush.
Learning to Drive
From experience I would 1000% say get yourself a cheap little car and learn to drive with a family member. You can buy cars from cars.com, preloved facebook pages, local dealerships etc but I would reccomend going for a second hand or a refurbished car just incase for your first year of driving. Learning to drive with a family member or friend who have been driving more than 3 years will save you a lot of money. I am so thankful to my Grandad for taking the time to teach me to drive because without his help it would have cost me a lot of money and I dont think I would have passed as quickly as I did. I would also reccomend asking for money for your birthday or a gift voucher towards your driving lessons because at £25 an hour they are quite expensive.
Practical Driving Test
First of all dont panic, the thought of doing your driving test is nerve wracking I totally get that. I was so anxious that I couldn’t even eat before my test and I really wished that I had, my tummy was rumbling during my test which made me even more nervous. Drive with your window slightly open, you’re going to need that fresh air and you don’t want to be messing with windows during your test. Take a bottle of water with you and go to the loo before hand. The test is really straight forward and in reality you’ve done it all before. From someone who suffers badly with anxiety I would say that the test itself isn’t actually that bad, you just drive along as you normally would. I would say the most nervewracking part is getting in the car with somebody you don’t know. But remember to just think of it as if you’re giving somebody a lift somewhere, pretend you’re a taxi driver. My last tip would be don’t worry, just do your best.. Nobody can ask for anymore than that. If you don’t pass first time, who cares? It doesnt matter, it just means that you need more practice and you get to do it all over again.