Learning to drive| My journey.

Excuse the pun in the title! A more of a lifestyle post for you on the blog today, learning to drive has been something I have been doing since I was 18 and I am now 20. After three failed tests, and countless lessons, probably close to 70, I decided I would give driving a bit of a break (these puns keep coming out) for a year or two and then take it up again. My problem when it comes to driving has always been the passing the test part, I passed my theory easy on my first attempt and I didn't do so bad on the lessons once I got the hang of it, but the tests always messed me up so much that I'd make stupid mistakes that I would never usually make, e.g. in my second test I came off the roundabout in the wrong lane and nearly caused a huge smash, nice one Liv! Despite this I still went on to the third test which I only failed by something stupid but after that I just couldn't face driving anymore, although having a car around where I live is something you pretty much need to go anywhere right now it can wait. I thought today with the lovely people from More Than I would give you some tips for before you get behind the wheel from experience. I hope you enjoy!

Learning to drive

Tip One: 
Save Save Save! I am so lucky in the fact that my grandparents said they would pay for my lessons until I pass (which they didn't expect it obviously to be this long) but with your tests and lessons and at the end a car and insurance, driving is pricey business. In my opinion it is totally worth saving for a while before you plan to get behind the wheel.

Tip Two:  
Don't take your theory too early! I made this error, taking my theory months before I was even due to my first test which of course is silly as your theory lasts for two years and you have to retake after two so if you don't pass on your first, second or even third time you could end up needing to do it again which of course is more money and a waste of your time.

Tip Three: 
Take advice, now this can be in a lot of ways but as most of my friends are drivers they've all given me advice over my time of learning to drive, whether it be easier ways to tackle roundabouts, how to practise than manoeuvres or even getting a black box' which you can get with More Than via their young drivers policy 'smart wheels' my best friend recommended getting one when getting a car as he saved a huge amount on his insurance over the upcoming years and all you have to do is not drive like an idiot. Simple.

Tip Four:
Be patient. I honestly cannot stress enough how learning to drive is not a competition, I felt ridiculous compared to my friends who were passing after one set of lessons or on their first attempt and it really made me feel rubbish about myself, but it's just like anything in life people learn at different speeds and it takes time to adapt to certain things for me that just happened to be driving, but I know one day I'll get there and at least I am not as bad as the woman who has failed her driving test 771 times (yet). You'll get there.

*This post was in collaboration with More Than
Olivia Thristan

1 comment:

  1. Aw, thank you for that post. I'm 22 now and still haven't passed the test (never tried it though, but I took the theoretical, but I feel so slow when it comes to actual driving progress). I always feel overwhelmed when I sit in the car and a little afraid that something bad happens. It's good to read that in the beginning, others have problems with driving as well. (my bf only took like 10 driving lessons as well and then passed), so that's pretty nice of you to share. :)
    Money is an important topic as well, that's true. Driving lessons can be horrendous in cost. Do you have to take courses in the UK before taking the practical test? We in Switzerland have to go to another theoretical training before we can take the practical test. And afterwards we are on a 3-year-trial where we have to do two more trainings for special situations (like ice and water on the road and more ...).