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:
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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