Baby you can drive my car!

I passed my test for the second time sans tears and with four minors in December, and after seeing a few people ask about a potential post or video- I thought I'd put all my driving feels into one place in case any of you were thinking of taking the plunge too! After not being fussed about cruising around in a Corsa at 17, it finally dawned on me after my 20 year old brother passed that I should probably dig out the L plates and put the foot to the pedal, or whatever that saying is. I was going to finally attempt at being a useful road tripping adult who can go to grown up places like the Cotswolds and run to Sainsbury's when ones need for a late night snack is nothing short of essential. Right?

Anyway- I thought I'd list down the things I've learnt- but if anyone has any tips they'd specifically like, let me know and I'll get back to you (like I'm some kind of total expert driver now, lol)...

Yup, it's scary...
I'm the kind of person who has dreams about not being able to stop a car, and after stalling at nearly every set of traffic lights the night before my first test I think I'm a bit of a warranted worrier. The thought of anyone going for a drive to 'relax' or 'calm down' still totally baffles me, but since passing it does feel liberating having the freedom to drive- and I'm slightly less of a nervous Purvis.

Failing isn't fun- but it's not the end of the world...
Failing your test will only be down to one thing that's probably 'never happened before' and it will drive you mad. Reassuringly all of my friends told me 'the best drivers fail first time' and that definitely got me through. The second my examiner Graham went for the wheel as I nearly mounted the curb I felt a wash of knowing failure come over me and continued to stall all the way until the end. Saying that, it did prepare me well for my second test and I had a clear idea about what to expect, and that genuinely it isn't really that bad.


It will feel like everyone is 17...
You'll take your theory test and nearly everyone will be taking the morning out of general studies classes to be there. Suddenly at 23 you may feel as if you're a test short of two knitting needles and a box of Werther's Originals but you aren't the only one. My mum didn't learn until her thirties so it's never too late.

Money, money, money...
Learning to drive isn't cheap and you may well wonder how anyone managed to afford lessons at 17, but if you budget them in weekly it can be digestible. Just try to keep things consistent and make sure to pack in as much practise in between lessons as possible to make things worthwhile (something I wish I'd put into practise more).

The theory test isn't as easy as people say...
It took me two tries to pass my theory, and it really was third time lucky. Although there are amazing apps for the question part so that you can revise them back to front, it was the hazard perception I kept slipping up on. I was so worried about clicking too much, or not clicking enough that I just ended up mucking up- but I got there! Spend a bit of pocket money on the online practises and I promise you will get there too.

Sometimes intensive is best...
After spending nearly a year and a half learning, as well as taking my test- my instructor then gave up teaching. Although I'm sure I wasn't that bad a pupil, it left me at a bit of a loss with how to pick it up again after failing my test for the first time. So, after much deliberation I took a three day intensive course and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to tackle things quickly. I know it is expensive, but considering how much I ended up spending on lessons it probably would have been cheaper just doing an intense course, so don't rule it out.

You will get there...
I know everyone says this- but if a nervous Purvis like me can do it, anyone can. I mean it- go and get 'em (just remember not to rush biting point).

x
Baby you can drive my car!

I passed my test for the second time sans tears and with four minors in December, and after seeing a few people ask about a potential post or video- I thought I'd put all my driving feels into one place in case any of you were thinking of taking the plunge too! After not being fussed about cruising around in a Corsa at 17, it finally dawned on me after my 20 year old brother passed that I should probably dig out the L plates and put the foot to the pedal, or whatever that saying is. I was going to finally attempt at being a useful road tripping adult who can go to grown up places like the Cotswolds and run to Sainsbury's when ones need for a late night snack is nothing short of essential. Right?

Anyway- I thought I'd list down the things I've learnt- but if anyone has any tips they'd specifically like, let me know and I'll get back to you (like I'm some kind of total expert driver now, lol)...

Yup, it's scary...
I'm the kind of person who has dreams about not being able to stop a car, and after stalling at nearly every set of traffic lights the night before my first test I think I'm a bit of a warranted worrier. The thought of anyone going for a drive to 'relax' or 'calm down' still totally baffles me, but since passing it does feel liberating having the freedom to drive- and I'm slightly less of a nervous Purvis.

Failing isn't fun- but it's not the end of the world...
Failing your test will only be down to one thing that's probably 'never happened before' and it will drive you mad. Reassuringly all of my friends told me 'the best drivers fail first time' and that definitely got me through. The second my examiner Graham went for the wheel as I nearly mounted the curb I felt a wash of knowing failure come over me and continued to stall all the way until the end. Saying that, it did prepare me well for my second test and I had a clear idea about what to expect, and that genuinely it isn't really that bad.


It will feel like everyone is 17...
You'll take your theory test and nearly everyone will be taking the morning out of general studies classes to be there. Suddenly at 23 you may feel as if you're a test short of two knitting needles and a box of Werther's Originals but you aren't the only one. My mum didn't learn until her thirties so it's never too late.

Money, money, money...
Learning to drive isn't cheap and you may well wonder how anyone managed to afford lessons at 17, but if you budget them in weekly it can be digestible. Just try to keep things consistent and make sure to pack in as much practise in between lessons as possible to make things worthwhile (something I wish I'd put into practise more).

The theory test isn't as easy as people say...
It took me two tries to pass my theory, and it really was third time lucky. Although there are amazing apps for the question part so that you can revise them back to front, it was the hazard perception I kept slipping up on. I was so worried about clicking too much, or not clicking enough that I just ended up mucking up- but I got there! Spend a bit of pocket money on the online practises and I promise you will get there too.

Sometimes intensive is best...
After spending nearly a year and a half learning, as well as taking my test- my instructor then gave up teaching. Although I'm sure I wasn't that bad a pupil, it left me at a bit of a loss with how to pick it up again after failing my test for the first time. So, after much deliberation I took a three day intensive course and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to tackle things quickly. I know it is expensive, but considering how much I ended up spending on lessons it probably would have been cheaper just doing an intense course, so don't rule it out.

You will get there...
I know everyone says this- but if a nervous Purvis like me can do it, anyone can. I mean it- go and get 'em (just remember not to rush biting point).

x

37 comments:

  1. Well done on passing your test! I learnt to drive when I was 17 and was so confident and could drive anywhere. Fast forward a few years I have completely lost all this confidence as I don't drive very often. I feel as scared as I did learning. You have definitely inspired me to get back behind the wheel :)

    Rachael xx.
    theteacozykitchen.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. Great post Liv! I'm a 30 year old about to embark on learning to drive and this has made me feel far less nervous : )

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  3. I'm 20 and I don't have my license yet. I feel like everyone I know had their licenses by the time they were 18 but at the moment I simply cannot afford to learn to drive. And I don't know when I'll have enough money to do it. Hopefully soon because I love cars and I'd love to drive.

    Marta - www.aroundcolours.blogspot.com

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  4. Congrats lovely! I didn't learn to drive until my 20's either, and I when I passed after five times (!!) I burst into tears, not because I'd passed but more the relief of not having to do a test again haha! xo

    Love, Catherine

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  5. In love with that personalised key ring - where can I get one please? ��

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  6. Congratulations on passing, I also passed this month!

    www.jessicablu.com

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  7. This post is exactly what I needed right now! I'm 22 and I've only just got my provisional license. I'm so nervous about starting to actually learn and to take my theory test it's unreal. Hopefully in the next six months I will be starting, and I'll try not to be as much of a nervous Purvis hehe

    Steph - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

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  8. what a great informative post. you really hit all the areas and I couldn't agree with it more. It took me too many resits than i care to admit to pass my test- i didnt go around it the right way, not driving for 6 months then booking in for a test was not smart at all but it's made me a hell of a lot better driver and like you said 'you will get there' :)

    http://www.thewhimsicalwildling.com/

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  9. Im 24 and learning now. Such a nervous driver and overthink everything i do, which then causes me to create problems for myself. Its all psychological for me. Tock a mock test yesterday and got 5 majors lol but i know i will get there in the end! I really liked this post x

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  10. Congratulations! You mention so much in this post - absolutely love it! So detailed and specific. Well done for getting it done :)
    Lucy xoxo
    http://lucyannblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. Inspired me to book a practical exam next month and im so nervous about it. Congrats on passing! :)

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  12. Well done on passing your test!

    I'm just learning to drive now at 25 years old, and it's scary, but hopefully I'll get there soon enough. This post was really helpful, and made me realise I'm not the only one to struggle when it comes to getting behind the wheel! x

    http://chloeharriets.com/

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  13. I feel you! driving is scary, I'm still struggling with it, but one step at the time, like I said to you on twitter, this is going to be my driving year! So January was not the best but at least I drove from my house to my mom's work and back alone! at 5am but still that was an accomplish for me :)

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  14. Love this! I passed my test last year, a week after my 25th birthday. I did feel like everyone taking their test that day was 18 (the legal driving age here, in France) and I'm pretty sure I had a few minor heart-attacks in the process, but it's pretty cool to be able to drive wherever I want now. See you on the road, lady! (JK. There is no way I will ever drive on the left side of the road.)

    - Elodie x

    PS - I'm super jealous that you got to practice between lessons though! Here, you can't drive a car unless you are with a licensed instructor, so it does add up very quickly.

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  15. Go you!!! Some really useful tips here and adore your keyring! :)

    Style Sunrise☀

    :)
    x

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  16. Thanks for this I'm 23 and still haven't started learning yet, and the longer I wait the more scary it seems

    - Natalie
    www.workovereasy.com

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  17. I'm currently learning to drive. I used to look back and think why didn't learn to drive sooner when everyone else did back when we were all 17. But now at 21 I feel happier to start now and feel more confident, as well as having more money for the lessons! Great post :)

    Kayleigh | anenthusiasmfor.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. Congrats on passing, Liv! I remember that feeling when I passed

    Ellie
    www.petiteelliee.com

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  19. I'm 21 and I still don't have my driving license. I haven't even tried yet, I guess because living in London I don't really need one, but I really need to get it asap!! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

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  20. Oh god I remember the hazard perception part of the theory test being a nightmare.
    I'm also a nervous driver and haven't gotten back behind the wheel since my test (oops). But I guess when you live in cities you really don't need to drive.

    Belle in Black and White

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  21. Congratulations on passing your test - you must still feel so proud of yourself, as you should! This post will be so useful for anyone wanting to learn to drive (maybe also me one day haha), it's so well written and detailed. x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

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  22. congrats on passing!
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  23. Congrats lovely, I'm currently looking into learning to drive hahaha

    Jess
    justthatgirlonline.blogspot.com

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  24. omg well done hun! your gunna love it xx


    cristynottingham.blogspot.co.uk

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  25. Congratulations for passing Liv,
    this post is so helpful <3

    http://amelodyofdiaries.blogspot.co.uk/

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  26. Congrats on passing your exams! In my hometown, I did my driving test with my classmates in high school as we live in a town where everyone needs to drive! Just the way things are done here :) Love your blog, new reader!

    xo, Yasmin
    http://www.iamyasmin.ca

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  27. I can still remember the feeling of passing my test. That feeling of independence, freedom..

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  28. I still have this road before me! It is so scary!

    Love,
    www.thestyleventure.com

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  29. This was just what I needed to hear at the minute! I'm 24 and after 2 failed attempts I STILL have a green license. It hasn't helped that every 17 year old I know has passed before me but I'm hoping it will be third time lucky and I'll pass soon! Well done on passing, you babe, and thanks for writing this and passing on your tips! x

    Always, Alice

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  30. Well done on passing your test! I have my theory on Friday, for the second time. (The first time was when I was 20, but I never took the darn practical and now it has expired!) Hoping that it is 8am on a Saturday will dissuade any teens!

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  31. Here in Canada we just have to drive automatic and no one cares if you can drive stick really so our driving tests are a lot easier. But we have three levels over 7 years we have to pass and I remember being so excited when I was finally done.

    http://littlewhytebook.com/

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  32. I love this piece, i'm 16 and have a month until i'm 17 and able too learn too drive. I'm so excited but the only thing I'm nervois about is the theory test.. I'm totally useless for remembering things. Heyho, i'm sure itll be fine. Well done on pasisn your theory and Practicle. Q- What car do you want? ๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿ’ซ


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  33. I definitely want to learn to drive at some point but think I would take the intensive course!

    Well done on passing btw!

    www.upyourvlog.com

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  34. great post, Congrats!

    http://Fatima8450.blogspot.com

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  35. I'm 23 and never learned to drive, oh boy.
    I admit it: its because I'm afraid to. But still, I need to. Like, asap.
    Mim Xx


    http://www.mimiquices.com/

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