Thursday, 21 July 2016

Learning to drive | Lifestyle

It happened, I finally took the step of getting back into driving. If you know me well you'll know I started driving lessons for my 18th birthday (I am now 21, in my defence I took a masssiiiive break) and back in May I decided I would start to learn again which of course involved me retaking my theory as I passed it back in November 2013 and it only lasts two years so boo. I spent days revising my theory, I pretty much practised every single day and often for up to 4 hours a day, I wasn't taking any risks with passing again. Back in 2014 I took three driving tests which all sent my anxiety through the roof, and on my last test I was so sure I was going to pass as I did nothing wrong as far as as I was aware but I failed by having ONE too many minors, gutted. This made me want to give up driving so I took a break for a whole year and a half and now I am ready to get going again. I've had a few lessons so far but with being SO busy with moving and going to Brighton I haven't been able to have many lessons *sad face* but whilst I have been unable to drive I've been using this amazing site called Book Learn Pass which has a huge amount of resources which help for you to pass your test, whether it is learning theory, tips on passing your test or even finding an instructor to learn with it is an awesome place to start! 

This year I want to pass my test and I am hopeful I will, I just need to have a bit more practise and get better at my manoeuvres (pesky left hand reverse) and gain a MASSIVE amount of confidence and I am sure I can smash it this time. Now it's time to text my driving instructor and get another lesson booked in! 


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15 comments

  1. Good luck with your lessons, I'm so lucky my Mum forced me to do them when I was 17 as I couldn't imagine NOT driving now. It's one of the hardest things I've ever done but I am so glas I stuck with it!

    Jess
    alrightblondie.com

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  2. Good luck in learning to drive; I can't believe I'm
    27 and I've never had a single lesson!

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  3. Good Luck, I've recently re started learning to drive again, I originally started when I was 21ish (now 24) stopped, and decided no I need to drive so I started again, doing my theory in a fortnight or so practicing lots so I can pass that first time, and hopefully my confidence will continue building whilst in the car and I get to the point where I can do my test. :)

    Katee
    www.katevoneff.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. some people take to driving like a duck to water, but for others it is much harder, especially with anxiety! I'm so proud of you for giving it another go.

    I had 3 driving instructors before finally giving up and having my dad teach me, because we perfectly understand each other and I was able to learn from him much better. My advice to you is to try as many instructors as it takes. Give them 3-5 lessons and if you don' gain anything, move on. t's far too expensive to stay stuck with a bad teacher.

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  5. i just passed my test and it took me 11 months to pass! i passed the second time because i was so nervous the first time and i just couldn't drive properly! the second time it went absolutely fine with only a couple of minors! what helped me was just to imagine my driving instructor was sat next to me and i was just driving my own car instead of being in a test and that definitely helped me to calm down!
    m0llylouise.com

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  6. It took me a year to pass but I had a month off over the summer cause of holidays and almost the same off over December due to work and Christmas. Good luck with your lessons x

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  7. This is so great! You are an inspiration for making goals and achieving them! So excited for you!

    xoxo, Candice
    http://www.candicenikeia.com

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  8. Well done for taking this step! My husband has only just started to drive and he is 40!

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  9. Good luck lovely, you can do it! I didn't even start learning to drive til I was 23 (the idea terrified me!) but once I'd started I passed in about six months - with a lot of lessons and a brilliant instructor. It's such a good feeling when you pass and it's so good having that independence :)

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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  10. I failed first time when I was 18 and was so traumatised I didn't drive for a year, but then I passed second time and it was the best thing ever! Keep at it :)

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  11. Yay! Well done for getting back to learning to drive. Good luck :) x

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  12. I am also learning to drive! My test is at the end of September and I hope I pass first time :/ Good luck!

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  13. I love driving, but it came with time... Hope you enjoy the process and get that driving licence soon! R

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  14. You can do it!
    I started learning when I was 17, never even took my theory test though. I moved into town and had zero reason to learn to drive anymore (I had lived in the countryside), but now I'm in the middle of nowhere in France with no ability to take myself anywhere!
    I have had lessons over here but my anxiety is too bad at the moment to even learn, hopefully one day I'll learn to drive though.

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  15. I just did my test again after a two year break and failed again for the exact same reason after so much practise, literally so disheartened and so close to giving up again but I just NEED to get it done, it's always on my mind x

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