Getting healthy, stopping smoking, learning a new skill and travelling more are some of the UK’s most popular New Year’s Resolutions. But as surely as leaked images follow government mishaps, so too do setbacks happen, goals get broken and hopes of a new start are dashed.
We’re not best placed to offer advice on balanced diets or regular exercise, but we do pride ourselves on helping wannabe drivers fulfil their ambitions (nearly 6000 pupils passed their tests with us in 2021!).
So how can we make sure that, this year, you take the brakes off and achieve your resolution of going solo on the road?
If you know how your goal will impact your life, you’re more likely to stick to it. There’s a whole host of ways driving will benefit you, from widening your job opportunities to avoiding public transport in the midst of a pandemic. Make a list of all the ways your life would be easier if you were able to get behind the wheel—and look back on it anytime you feel like giving up.
‘Learning to drive’ is one of those slightly vague statements that doesn’t take into account all the different steps of the process. When you break it down into more specific, actionable tasks, you’ll find it’s much easier to get started, then measure and track your progress. Here’s what you should be doing—and the order in which you should do them:
- Apply for your provisional licence
- Learn your theory and take the test
- Choose whether to learn in a manual or automatic; here’s how to make up your mind
- Book a practical test (we work by doing this first, so there’s a clear date to aim for)
- Choose an instructor
- Take driving lessons
- Pass your practical
That’s still a lot of steps, and it can seem overwhelming. Reach out to PassMeFast after you’ve received your provisional, and we’ll take care of the admin for you. We can:
- Book you in for a theory test (and while we, regrettably, can’t pass it for you, we have lots of resources to help you study)
- Fast-track your practical, finding you a test weeks or months ahead of the waiting lists most pupils face on the DVSA website
- Match you with a suitable instructor—we only work with the good ones, and you can let us know if you have any specific needs
- Impress your driving examiner (okay, we can’t actually do this one for you, but we’ll give you all the skills you need to do it yourself)
Get into gear
We’re forever turning your green licences into pink ones—and key to that is the fact it’s an attainable goal. But even though we can get you from beginner to fully-fledged driver within a month or two of actual lessons, there’s a waiting list you’ll have to move up first.
If you want to learn by the summer, or are keen to get your licence before the extra Platinum Jubilee bank holiday (thanks QEII), you’re also going to have to commit—and soon. There are thousands of people who want to pass their test, and what separates you from them is getting in the queue.
So, strike while the motivation is hot and fill in that provisional form today. As soon as it arrives, you can get booked in and we’ll push you into the fast lane and sort out your next steps.
During your driving lessons, you’ll certainly face challenges. Even complete naturals will take some time to get to grips with clutch control and parallel parking. Your instructor will keep you on track with feedback, and tell you what their plan is for the following drive. This feedback will help to build your confidence and give you areas to focus on next time.
If you’re struggling with anything in particular, you can always search our blog or Youtube channel. We have practical tips on everything from answering the ‘show me, tell me’ questions to becoming a more confident driver.
Our New Year’s Resolution
We’re taking our own advice and are setting our own goals for 2022. We’re going greener, with exciting new initiatives to unveil in the coming months. Motivated by wanting to build a better future for our planet, we’re working on attainable, actionable and meaningful change. We know we won’t be able to do everything we want straight away, but we’re getting into gear and challenging ourselves to do what we can.
And we’re very much looking forward to sharing this next part of our journey with you.
Whatever your resolutions, we wish you every success and a very Happy New Year.
So long, 2021. 2022, we’ve got this!