Apologies if theres a lot of ‘life’ stuff posts going on at the minute and not a lot of ‘beauty’ stuff, but I’ve just been pretty busy with…life basically! And it’s my blog and I’ll blog about whatever I want! 😛 So as the title suggests I had my first driving lesson yesterday! Being 22 and not holding your drivers license when you live in a tiny village in the middle of the countryside is the most boring thing. You either have to rely on lifts everywhere, or you have to rely on the very shitty public service – a bus that runs once every half hour during the week (oh but no buses back out of the city after 8:15PM!), and once every two hours on a Sunday. Driving is something I’ve always wanted to do, and I literally cannot wait until I get my full license.
The reason I didn’t start learning as soon as I turned 17 like a lot of other kids was because I just couldn’t afford it. £50 for a provisional license, £25 per hours driving lesson (which is on average 47 hours worth before your test!), then you have to pay for your theory examination and your practical examination. It’s all very very expensive and I didn’t have the money. When I turned 18 I had a bit more money, but by then I was already planning on heading off to university in London so I wouldn’t need to drive there. Plus, university is already expensive enough without having to find money for petrol, insurance, MOT etc etc. But now I’m about to start a full time job (and I’m jealous my boyfriend has his license and is shopping for cars!) I’ve decided to fight my fears and take my first lesson. I went with an instructor I saw amazing reviews for, and after a work colleague told me she had learnt with her as well and thought she was amazing, I dropped her an email.
I must give credit to my instructor, because as soon as I got in the car with her I just felt so at ease! Because I’d never driven a car before she drove us over to a quiet residential estate so that I could drive without much traffic. The aim of the lesson was to practice pulling away and stopping, and I even managed to get a little gear change in there. Second gear! You’ll be seeing me in the next Fast and Furious movie! First we went over all the basics like adjusting your seat and mirrors, and observations, then we went over preparing to start and pulling away. And I didn’t stall once! So I was pretty good at going, but stopping…yeah, I wasn’t so good at that. I kept getting my feet in a muddle and stalled twice as I came to a stop because I was thinking too much about my feet that I’d take my foot off the clutch before putting the gear into neutral and I’d stall.
But it’s a really weird feeling to drive a car for the first time, and apart from getting a little tied up over the pedals the rest was fine. I had no problem steering (apart from one encounter when I didn’t realise I had to steer quite so much to make it round a sharp bend!), and I didn’t even have to look at the gear stick, I’m just not very co-ordinated with my feet yet! Though I have hope because apparently that’s the part people pick up the quickest because you have to do it so often – so if I can master the other bits then I’m sure the pedals will be fine…eventually! My instructor told me that for a first ever go at driving I did really well, so I’m feeling pretty confident and looking forward to next week!
So if you guys have any ‘my first driving lesson’ stories I’d love to hear them (so I don’t feel quite so bad about my uncoordinated feet!).