Learning to drive can be a bit of a weird one when it comes to knowing exactly what to expect. You see people all around you driving, but you rarely hear (unless you’re a true PassMeFast Blog devotee) about their journey to getting a licence. We’re talking about the ups, the downs and the plain old frustrations. Luckily, we here at PassMeFast have the inside scoop!
For those about to start learning to drive (and even those just considering it), here are a few thoughts you will have along the way…
1. “I probably won’t need many lessons.”
Ahh, the naivety of youth! “How hard can this driving thing be, am I right?” You, sir, are, in fact, wrong. Plenty of people go into their first lesson assuming that it will be an easy ride. A slightly smaller (but fairly vocal) group of over-confident learners also decide that they will need less than the average number of lessons to get passed.
While learning to drive certainly doesn’t have to be a painful, tricky process, it ain’t no walk in the park! Controlling a car requires the development of a variety of different skills that all have to be used in conjunction with one another at the right time. Get ready to put some work in! Which leads us to our next thought…
2. “I’m never going to get the hang of this!”
Oh, how the attitude changes once you’ve had a couple of lessons! The reality of the task at hand sinks in and you’re brought back down to earth with a disappointing thud. Trust us when we say, though, that you will get the hang of it. Mastering driving might just require a little more effort than you first anticipated. Plus, now that you know what earning a licence requires, think how proud of yourself you can be when you pass that test!
It’s true that there may be points in your driving journey when you think there’s just no point carrying on. While this is totally normal, we urge you to banish that negative voice and keep ploughing forward! And, if you really think that driving isn’t for you, have a serious talk with your instructor before throwing in the towel.
3. “Ugh, I really can’t be bothered driving today.”
Once driving stops being new and exciting, it can start to feel like a chore. You might not always be in the mood to go out driving with your instructor, but if you want the process to go as quickly as possible, it’s important that you stick to it. Taking a lot of breaks from driving will have a detrimental impact on your progress. Meanwhile, repeatedly cancelling on your instructor is just plain rude and you can still be charged for the lesson.
At times when your motivation is particularly low, try to keep that end goal in mind. Once you get your driving licence, you will have the freedom to choose when and where you hit the road! Committing time and effort for a few months (or just a few weeks, if you’re taking an intensive course) is totally worth it in the end.
4. “The clutch pedal can do one!”
You know what no one tells you about driving? It hurts! Ok, we may be being a tad dramatic here, but if you’ve ever been stuck in slow moving traffic, you’ll know that working that clutch pedal for long periods of time makes your foot ache. Right up until the point you become a clutch control pro, that pedal can be the bane of your existence. It causes frustration, stalling and, yes, sometimes a little pain. It is also one of the most important aspects of a car, though, so don’t dismiss it too soon.
Of course, you could just skip the clutch altogether by opting to learn in an automatic car. Plenty of people find this easier and it can significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to get test-ready. Remember, though, that this means the licence you earn will only permit you to drive automatic cars. Be sure to weigh up all of the pros and cons before switching transmission.
5. “Am I the only person who feels this nervous about their driving test?”
Precisely because learning to drive takes a lot of time, effort and money, when it comes to taking the practical test you can feel quite a lot of pressure on your shoulders. So, the answer to this question is yes: plenty of people feel that nervous about their driving test. So, ignore any boasters and over-confident show offs because they’re in the minority (and also just very annoying). Pretty much everyone suffers from nerves at some point in their driving journey, and, unsurprisingly, they’re most likely to reach a crescendo on test day.
The good news is, there are plenty of things you can do to reduce your nerves. You might even find that the anxiety you’re feeling provides you with just enough adrenaline to power through the test in what feels like a very short amount of time. Every cloud!
6. “What happens if I [insert wildly unrealistic scenario here] on my practical test?!”
Tied up in the aforementioned test day nerves can be some pretty crazy thoughts about potential mishaps that may occur during your test. What if you offend the examiner, crash the car, or run over someone’s beloved pet? This kind of overthinking is tricky to avoid, but in 99.9% of cases, none of the fears come true. The times they have? Well, you’ll find them in our driving test horror stories! (If these tales are likely to add fuel to the fire that is your irrational thoughts, DO NOT click the link).
Remember, even failing the test is not a doomsday scenario. In fact, most people don’t pass on their first attempt and at least if it happens you’ll know exactly what to expect for your next go!
7. “This is the best feeling EVER!”
Relief, excitement, pride—the cocktail of emotions you’ll experience when you pass your test are pretty hard to beat. OK, so technically you won’t be a learner driver when this happens, but we couldn’t complete the list of thoughts without including one of the best ones! Things you’ve worked hard for feel extra special when you earn them and this is certainly the case when it comes to completing your driving journey. And no wonder—you just became qualified in a skill that will serve you for the rest of your life! Or at least until you’re a couple of years younger than Prince Philip, apparently. We kid, we kid.
But seriously, those of us who have earned a licence can still remember that sweet feeling of driving success. So, no matter how hard, boring or frustrating your road to qualification may feel at times, just remember that you have this to look forward to!
And that just about covers it! You now have a helpful glimpse into some of the thought processes you’re likely to go through when learning to drive. It’s gonna be a wild (or, you know, sometimes fun and mostly informative) ride!
Ready to get started? You can give PassMeFast a ring on 0333 123 4949 to find your perfect driving course today!