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LEARNING TO DRIVE // 011

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Learning to drive was one of the best things that I have ever done and I’m so happy that I got it done as soon as I had the chance to. I fell VERY lucky when it came to driving lessons as my school actually paid for the majority of the lessons and the tests. Yes, my school. My school had this scheme where basically if you reached your GCSE target grades, they would give you 40 hours worth of driving lessons and also pay for both the theory test and the practical test. Overall this saved me around £1,500, which is incredible and i am so grateful for.

I started to learn to drive in February 2016 and I also passed my test in the same year, October time. So it didn’t take me too long to pass also keeping in mind that I took a ‘couple of weeks break’ a few times. I really did enjoy learning to drive and I kind of miss it a little bit. I actually had 2 driving instructors throughout my time of learning and they were both really good at what they did. I’m not going to lie, learning to drive was very stressful at times. If I made even just one little mistake, it would get to me. Then after that mistake came many more because I was beating myself up about the first mistake. It was challenging but at the end of the day when I got home I was excited to share with my friends/family what I did.

Now, the theory test was what I found most difficult and I remember being super nervous before doing it. I failed the first time as I got 39 out of 50 and the pass mark is 43. The second time I just scraped a pass by getting exactly 43. Also on the theory test is a thing called ‘Hazard Perception’ which in all honesty is really easy and nothing to worry about. You simply watch a series of clips and click the mouse when you see a potential ‘hazard’. The first time round I didn’t revise much, which was definitely a mistake and I learnt my lesson from that one!

I finally passed my driving test after what felt like forever on the 24th October 2016 and my test went really well. Overall I passed with just 5 minors, which is good considering the maximum you can get before failing is 15. I had quite a good experience with learning to drive and I’m really happy that I’ve got it out of the way. Here are a few tips and tricks based on ‘learning to drive’.

Tips + Tricks

  • Don’t beat yourself up over silly mistakes. It is inevitable that you will make mistakes. Nobody gets into a car for the first time and is almost like a professional driver. It takes time and believe me, it’ll all work out in the end.
  • Revise for your theory as much as possible. I found that the best revision tool was most definitely ‘Theory Test Pro’ as it includes a whole bank of questions that you could possibly get in the real test. It also includes a section to practice hazard perception.
  • Try and do 2 hour lessons rather than 1 hour lessons. For me I found it much easier to do 2 hour lessons as I had more time to practice and it also allowed the instructor to take me on multiple test routes in just 1 lesson, which as beneficial.
  • When you’re in the car, take it slow. Don’t rush. Rushing will only make you more stressed and pressured. Take your time.
  • Watch YouTube videos on driving tests and lessons, it really helped me to gain an understanding of what tests are actually like. Not only that I learnt a few things from those videos, such as different signs I didn’t know of. I’ll leave a few channels below:

World Driving

Purple Driving

Car Throttle

1st Drive

Thanks for reading and in the comments section below let me know what your thoughts on learning to drive are and if you have passed, what your experience was like!

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30 thoughts on “LEARNING TO DRIVE // 011”

  1. Hello! This was so enjoyable to read! I passed my test January of last year. I had a lot of free time so I had about 3.5 hours of lessons per week and passed in about four and half months. Its so cool of your school to pay for your driving lessons! I think this scheme is such an incentive to do good at school. I passed with eleven minors, so I was cutting it close. You did good with just 5!

  2. This is actually soooo useful Conn! Very happy u passed, now u can give me lifts lol jokes. But you’re super lucky that your school paid, mine could never! love this post! x

  3. Congrats on passing. I’ve been learning to drive and I’m extremely nervous, have had no lessons with an instructor but im insured on my partners car so I can learn in that. I need to have more confidence in myself really with it. And wow your school did that, I most likely would’ve needed that in our school. 🙂

    1. It’s completely natural to be nervous don’t worry, I’m sure your partner will teach you well! Confidence isn’t something we can click our fingers and have, it will come and i bet you’ll pass in no time! Thank you x

  4. Learning to drive was literally the best thing I ever did. It gives you so much more freedom and confidence! Amazing that your school helped with the cost of all – what a great scheme. Lovely post ☺

  5. My school did a scheme like this buut it was only for the people who went Sixth-Form… My partner did the scheme, didn’t mean he passed any earlier! I actually passed my theory and test first time. I agree with all these tips, I will say never rush. Only take your test if you feel you are ready, if you fail it will only knock your confidence.

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  6. I wish my school would pay for my driving licence. I got it back in 2012, on my birthday, just before taking off for New Zealand. So I had barely learnt how to drive on the right (France… we drive on the right side) that I had to drive on the left side ahah! But it so handy to be able to drive. xx Corinne from Corinne & Kirsty

  7. Thats awesome! I’m 20 & still don’t have my license. I’ve been practicing but I get really nervous about it. I’m glad you passed & saved money while learning!

  8. That’s amazing what your school is doing!! What an incentive! I found my theory so hard as well, and I really need to pass my test as I don’t have too long before the theory part Ryan’s out 😭😭😭

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