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Learning to drive in your late 20’s!

Learning to drive in your late 20's, FashionBiteApologies about the lack of posting over the last few days, I’ve been back at my folk’s house in the Cotswolds for a long weekend (most of which was spent practise driving out in the car)…I have my test in a month and I’m absolutely dreading it!

I’ve gone through mixed emotions learning to drive in my late 20’s, rather than 17 as so many people do. Naively, in retrospect, I should have opted for driving lessons (instead of the more exciting choices of new clothes or money towards a holiday!) In the long run, in would have been far more beneficial financially as well…but never mind! So, here I am fast approaching 30 and I’ve finally decided to take the plunge and learn to drive. But now I live in London…gulp…it’s not quite so easy!

Learning to drive in your late 20's, FashionBiteI’ve been learning for the last 6 months and felt that if I didn’t book by test soon, I never would – I needed something to aim towards! But now I have, I’m sh*t scared!

The difficulty learning when you’re a bit older is the fear factor, when you’re a teenager you’re probably over confident on the roads and you need this supressing slightly, but when you’re that bit older you feel under confident and you really need this building up.

I had a total driving breakdown about 14 lessons in, I’d been driving all weekend back at home with my Dad (nervously still grasping at the basics), as it was the first time I’d been out driving not in a dual controlled car. And all had been going well, up until the final few moments.

As I attempted to drive into the station car park, the car stalled and my mind went completely blank, I’d forgotten how to start the car again and it just kept stalling. Queues of traffic were starting to build up behind me and people were getting out of their cars, wondering what the hold-up was. I was in a blind panic and the more I tried to start the car, the more it kept lurching forwards and stalling.

In the end my Dad had to run around the car and jump into the driver’s seat, to steer us into the station and away from the horn beeping, angry line of cars. It was so humiliating – to say the least. I burst into tears and spent the entire train journey back up to London crying on the phone, saying how I’d never be able to drive.

Alongside feeling more nervous, as an older learner driver you’re not used to having to go back to basics with a skill (imagine learning to swim or ride a bike again!). At 17, you’re constantly learning new things and most people are still at school, so you’re used to trying things out for the first time. But a decade on you haven’t had to experience this frustration and helplessness at not being able to do something…and I can tell you it’s REALLY annoying! You feel like a child again.

Friends have told me of horror driving test stories – of crashes and awful mistakes – so I’m just hoping to get through mine in one piece!

I’ve got a month to my test, so still some time to practise, but I’d love to hear your thoughts. Does anyone else have any driving stories/tips – good or bad – to share?

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7 Comments

  1. Lewis says:

    We’ve all been there, other drivers can be very inconsiderate towards learners.

    My worst moment was turning up for a ’27th’ and being picked up by my younger brother in his soft-top gold coloured Mazda Mx-5 and I hadn’t even had a driving lesson in about 4 years. I resolved that day to pass my test within a year (and I did).

    You’ll be fine.

    xx

  2. Alison says:

    I passed my driving test aged 28 @ 7 months pregnant in the busy streets of Croydon (which has one of the highest fail rates in the country!).

    It’s all about mind over matter, keeping calm and just going for it! X

  3. fashionbite says:

    Ahhh..thanks for comments!! I’ll let you know how I get on xx

  4. Holly Sutton says:

    Hey love – don’t worry I failed five times before I passed!! It took me so long to pass my practical that I had to re-take my theory as it ran out of date. Thing is once you’ve passed you forget the hell of having to learn. Look the positives – you won’t have to a passenger in the car with me driving again!

    Hx

  5. samantha says:

    I completely know where you are coming from. I am 27 and just got my license maybe 2 months ago. I was completely terrified of driving and the smallest things would send me into total panic. I had my leaners from the age of 16 but just never drove, and after living in Sydney for nearly 10 years where it wasn’t an issue, I moved back to the country determined to get my license! I ended up getting some paid lessons which, although expensive, was so very worth it in the end. Find an instructor that knows the route of the test and get your confidence up. I still panic when I have to merge onto the freeway between my town and the next, and yes I cry like nothing else, but if I can do it, so can you!! Set yourself small goals and start practicing positive thinking! Oh and good luck! x
    p.s just found your blog and love it!

  6. samantha says:

    Oh and now that I am moving to London next year (!) I might have to go through it all over again to get my UK license because my provisional license won’t transfer!!

  7. fashionbite says:

    Thanks for the positive words-good luck if you have to do it again as well! Emily x

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