Sunday, 14 May 2017


Now, hopefully, if you're learning to drive your instructor is going to tell you everything you need to know to actually get through your test. But, as a relatively new driver, I thought I'd share some extra nuggets of wisdom.

Learning to drive costs a bomb. Most instructors charge around £25 an hour so weekly 90 minute lessons definitely add up, not to mention the cost of booking your theory and practical tests. So every minute of practice outside of your lessons is well worth it if you've got a car and a willing victim supervisor. It's a good idea to use this time for your manoeuvres especially. Practising a parallel park 50 times in a row in a lesson is a waste of both your money and your time with your instructor - get them to teach you but perfect it in your own time. 

If you're prepared, the theory test can be a doddle. You can't book your practical test until you've passed your theory so it's a good idea to get it out of the way ASAP. I put it off because it seemed a little too much like studying for exams for my liking but it ended up being far more interesting than A-Level Biology. This app lets you revise specific areas or take a mock test with 50 random questions - just like the real thing. In the week before my theory I just kept taking the mock test until I was passing every time and when I got to my test, I'd already seen every single question that came up.

If something does go wrong, try to forget about it and carry on as normal. I know this is easier said than done but that little mistake might have only earned you a minor so there's no point worrying about. Or if you do royally cock up, you can always hope your instructor momentarily nodded off and didn't notice. Either way, if you spend the rest of the test worrying you'll be distracted and probably end up making more mistakes. I spent half my test fretting about whether I was going to fail thanks to hesitating at a roundabout but the examiner didn't even mention it.

For me, the driving test itself was actually pretty underwhelming. In my mind I'd built it up as terrifying and impossible task: I couldn't sleep the night before and sitting in that waiting room was torture. But as soon as I got behind the wheel, I relaxed and spent a fairly chilled 40 minutes (38 if we're being anal) cruising around the town centre. It honestly just feels like a normal driving lesson.

And you do fail, it's not a big deal: some people pass first time, others pass on their tenth. Just remember there's no limit to the number of times you can take a driving test so keep trying until you get there. After I failed my first test I wanted to have another go ASAP but the next available test wasn't for another three months - if this happens to you, don't storm off in a strop like I did. Cancellations come up all the time so just book the next available slot and then keep checking back until a sooner one pops up.

Drive safe!

Thanks for reading, Lucy x

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  1. This is a super helpful post Lucy! I'm 23 and plan to start driving this year, more to get it out the way and over with more than anything as I don't plan on getting my own car after! I just want to say that I've done it and not have to worry about it (and maybe eventually get insured on my mum's car haha). I'm going to start in the dual-control cars with my mum in the next few months, but I'm terrified! Driving about with a stranger is one thing but the idea of the test bums me out - both practical and theory - so I hope it's not that scary like you say! xxx

  2. Thanks Amanda! It's really not as scary and you think it's going to be so try not to stress out, and good luck for when you start! :)


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