The topic of learning to drive, and all things driving related, is something I’ve been really keen to talk about and share my opinions on. So, for today’s post, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to do just that. As I’ve now been driving for 8 months, I feel like I’m in a good position to be able to share my learning to drive experience, so far, and give you a bit of advice on the best way to do it.
So you all know where I’m at with the learning to drive process, I will give you a quick run down on what I’ve done so far, what exams I’ve passed and the manoeuvre’s I’ve mastered. Like I mentioned before, I’ve been driving for 8 months now and I started around early January. After a hell of a lot of practice, taking over 30 mock tests and panicking about my hazard perception, I passed my theory test in June. Since that point I’ve just been waiting for my driving instructor to tell me to book my test. I’ve currently completed a 3 point turn and reversing round a corner, and I’m just about to start parallel parking. I’ve driven around lot’s of different places, gained lot’s of experience, driven on the dual carriageway and tackled lot’s of roundabout’s.
As there’s so many different elements to learning to drive, I’ll break it down in little sections, so that you can just read one, or all of them, if you choose to.
When it comes to learning to drive, there’s quite a few things you need to sort out first. The essential thing you need when learning to drive is your provisional licence and even though it may be a job that you keep putting off, it’s not actually that bad once you get doing it. Just make sure you give yourself a good amount of time to do your application online, and make sure you have your passport, and various other important documents, on hand.
The second thing, that’s key to learning to drive, is actually having an instructor to teach you. I think it’s really important that you get on with your driving instructor, so I would always advise you to try and get a recommendation from someone else, who you know is good and you’re not just taking a jump into the dark. Also, a key element for me was having a women as my instructor, I know this isn’t everyone’s preference but for me this was just something I really wanted to have. I’m all about that girl power. Driving lessons vary from £21 to £25, however they are all quite expensive and it’s really important that you think about how much this equals per month, before you decide how many lessons you will have every week.
The Theory Test
The theory test has to be the easiest part of learning to drive, other than the basics of getting your provisional and finding an instructor. It’s something you can do on your own, whenever you want and to practice it is completely free. I started learning my theory around March time and passed it in the June, however I could of done it sooner if it wasn’t due to my exams. But definitely don’t rush into it, or have a last minute quick learning session, just before your test. There’s over a 1000 questions they could ask you and to feel really confident, the best thing to do is practice it for a while and make sure you’ve got it down to a T.
I recommend that you get the app to practice all the theory questions and get the AA practice hazard perception CD ROM, because these were how I passed and I found them really helpful. If it’s hazard perception you’re worried about, then make sure you always practice when you’re not tired, remember that you won’t have a cursor on screen in the real exam and that you just have press the mouse instead.
This is the most difficult part, the actual learning to drive and having the confidence to get on the road. I’ve got to admit that it’s not something that comes to everyone straight away and it can take a lot of practice to master and get all the skills right. I hate not being able to do something, and driving has definitely tackled this hate head on. I’ve had to really perserve with it at times and it can be super frustrating. You will have lessons that go absolutely awfully, but then also ones which are really good, and you just have to not beat yourself up, learn from it and try better next time. It also takes a lot of time to learn, and it’s not a quick process, so just be patient. Trust me I realise how frustrating it is when everyone is able to drive and learning to drive, and you can’t yet.
I hope that my driving experience so far, and my few bits of tips and advice have helped you in some way with your own driving journey. Good luck to you all of you who are becoming old enough to drive and are embarking on this journey.