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You’ve passed your test now what?
If you’ve followed me for a while now, you may already be aware that I passed my driving test in 2017 after many failed attempts. But until a couple of weeks ago, I hadn’t driven again since. After all of that time, I finally got my own car and as an anxious person, the transaction hasn’t been easy. However, as a driver, there are so many things I’ve thought about which I didn’t even consider before getting a car. I panic a lot when driving and after hearing stories from fellow newbie drivers, I feel somewhat better. Therefore I decided to share a post on thoughts that (almost) every new driver has.
Pleeeeaseee don’t stall, especially not here!
The dreaded stall, which of course, always has to happen at the worst time possible. Remember even experienced drivers even stall.
Erm, how do I put fuel in?
The petrol light comes on and it’s time to face the pumps for the first time. Terrified and slightly too far away from the pumps, it’s time to face your fears and fill up… alone. Or you could just ask a friend or family member to help you the first time.
Are they letting me go?
Sat at a junction and you see someone flash their lights to let you out, but you still doubt if you should go. Be brave and start to edge forward, most of the time people do flash their lights more than once if you haven’t gone. Although be aware that not every driver is a nice one, so take it easy.
Where do you get an MOT?
When your parents used to take their car to get serviced or to have an MOT when you’re younger, it was fun. Mostly because they had a play area and sweets. However, as an adult… not so much fun. When it’s time to get your MOT, you can now get one at home! Thanks to Allied, who offer a Mobile Car Service. Sounds like a win if you ask me.
How do I park this thing?
No matter what car you have, parking it for a while is daunting. Whether you’re needing to reverse, drive forward or do the dreaded parallel park. I’ve heard it gets easier with time… I’ll keep you updated on that one.
Where’s the nearest drive-thru?!
One of the things I’ve been envious of people having a car for is being able to go through a drive-thru. No need to get out of the car and queue, you get to queue in the car instead. The choices of late-night food have become much larger.
How do I go through a drive-thru?
Locating the drive-thru is one thing, but once you arrive. How do you go through without hitting the curb? Plus how do you remember what you want to order? The stress sounds too much.
No more walking in the rain for me!
It’s the worst when it’s pouring it down and you have to go out, especially when it’s to work. For years walking to work in the rain wasn’t a fun experience. I mean, nobody wants to sit there soaked all day.
I’m never driving again…
After my first few weeks of driving, I’ve had some pretty good experiences but then some awful ones and I want to completely give up. BUT I am yet to throw in the towel so there’s always hope.
Despite an interesting few weeks of driving, the fact I am finally on the road gives me a sense of freedom I didn’t have before. Hopefully, my confidence will grow and if you have any terrible new driver stories, feel free to leave them in the comments.