Greetings PassMeFast readers! We’re back with our next instalment in our My Learner Driver Experience series—an interview series that delves into the first-hand driving experience of our very own staff members, allowing learners to dispel some of the mystery surrounding the journey to earning a licence!
This week, we’ve got something extra special for you: a newly qualified driver who took their test during the pandemic! ADI Recruiter Andy has worked for PassMeFast since March 2020 and just recently went from learner to qualified driver. Let’s find out what his experience was like…
How old were you when you started learning to drive? 20
How old were you when you passed your driving test? 23
How many attempts did it take for you to pass the theory test? 1
The learning process
What transmission did you learn to drive in? Manual.
How many lessons did you need? About 30 hours in total.
Why did you want to learn to drive? To get to and from work, to get to and from my girlfriend in New Brighton, but also just to make life easier rather than get the bus.
What was your biggest challenge? Just gaining more knowledge of what to do in different situations.
What did you enjoy most during your lessons? Getting up to some speed, but also doing the driving test manoeuvres.
What was it like learning to drive during a pandemic? A little weird getting used to having to wear a mask, but no different to without it really.
Did you feel safe learning to drive during this time? Yes!
What safety precautions did your instructor take? She always wiped down the car before and after lessons. She also wore a mask and always had a long-sleeved top on to keep her skin covered. We opened the windows plenty of times too to allow for more ventilation.
What was your instructor like? She was really good! She was nice and friendly, had good knowledge and could explain things in a way that worked for me, which mainly involved diagrams to help with visual learning. She also knew how to challenge me so that lessons weren’t boring or repetitive.
The practical test
Where did you take your test? Atherton.
What COVID safety measures were in place during your test? The examiner wiped the car down before entering, wore a mask and we kept the windows open too.
How many attempts did it take for you to pass the driving test? 1
How many minors did you get? 1
Reflecting on the experience
Overall, how did you find the experience of learning to drive? Overall a good experience. Good instructor, good lessons and fairly quick given the pandemic situation.
Do you plan on continuing to drive in the future? Yes!
And, finally, Andy’s top tips for learner drivers:
“Don’t overthink it. Take it slow if you need to because you only mess things up when you rush. Also, don’t be afraid of the examiner. They’re humans too and will help out!”
We hope you enjoyed reading about Andy’s driving experience and getting a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to take the driving test during a pandemic. If you enjoyed this, check out last month’s look at Jordan’s learner driver experience. If you’ve already read it, keep your eyes glued to the PassMeFast blog. We’ll have another instalment for you in no time!