Thursday, 2 June 2016

Learning to Drive

Simon and I have been having some serious discussions over the last week or so about finally purchasing our own car. It's been a long time coming and we're very excited to have our own wheels to go on adventures.

Buying a car with my future husband seems a bit of a grownup thing to do so I decided it was only right that I finally share my secret with him.

I am the Mr Bean of driving!



Learning to drive didn't come naturally to me. I've never been the most practically minded person (I'm the kind of girl who comes top of the class in a written theory swimming test when she can't actually swim!)

Passing my test became a bit of a nightmare and took me a good five attempts (you have to admire my determination!) My most embarrassing fail came when I almost knocked over a pet dog during a test. Remembering my Dad's pre-test pep talk about how you should never cause an accident by slamming on your breaks for wildlife I took him quite literally when I almost mowed over someones dog during my test. Such an idiot!

Even after I passed my test I carried on being pretty daft behind the wheel. Shortly after passing my test I managed to get my front wheel stuck in a pillar in a multi story carpark during a particularly easy manoeuvre. Luckily someone came to my rescue and managed to drive me out of my pickle but I was left pretty red faced and after that spent a good few months driving round with "P" plates on my car.



My proudest Mr Bean moment came when I somehow managed to plough into my parent's wall when I was reversing out of their driveway. Don't ask me how but I didn't realise that I'd knocked the wall over, leaving a trail of bricks behind me. It wasn't until I returned home later that evening to be greeted by a broken wall and a rather angry Dad that I realised what I'd done.

Before you all worry that I'm out on the roads, I realised pretty quickly that for my own safety and for the safety of others I needed to seriously improve my driving skills and I worked hard to become a safe and responsible driver during that first year of driving and I'm now safe on the roads.

Anyone else have any ridiculous learning to drive stories?

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This is a collaborative post but all ridiculous driving stories are most definitely my own!

11 comments:

  1. Oh this made me feel better. I hate driving! Just like you my brain is much more academic and not spatial at all. I'd happily never drive again.

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  2. Haha I loved this, I'm a big animal lover so often just have to shut my eyes if something is on the road infront of me and I can't break as people are behind. It seems to have worked so far!

    My funniest moment was when I did my first three point turn and ended up facing the same way! My dad's a driving instructor too!

    It looks as though you're driving a DS3, was this one of your hire cars or the driving instructors? I've had my eye on one for ages x

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  3. I failed my driving test five times...

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  4. This post has made me feel so much better. I'd like to think I was a good driver, but I definitely have my dosey moments... Driving the wrong way up a dual carriage way probably being my dosiest of moments! I'm a panicker as well, when I don't know where I'm going. I hate it... Maybe I'm not a good driver after all. Ha!
    Claire.x
    www.xclaireabella.com

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  5. HAHA this post really made me laugh. Remind me to never get in a car if you're behind the wheel!!

    Katie x

    www.katiejaneonline.com

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  6. Glad I'm not alone. I took 4 attempts to pass and I still consider myself a learner even though I've been driver 6 years now. I hate reversing and will only reverse into a parking bay if I have to or there is plenty of space around me. As for navigation I still use a sat navigation to get around town as my sense of direction is appalling!

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  7. Glad I'm not alone. I took 4 attempts to pass and I still consider myself a learner even though I've been driver 6 years now. I hate reversing and will only reverse into a parking bay if I have to or there is plenty of space around me. As for navigation I still use a sat navigation to get around town as my sense of direction is appalling!

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  8. Wow was the dog actually ok? Five times is quite impressive, but at least you've taken the effort to try and improve now! Alice xxx

    www.woodenwindowsills.co.uk

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  9. You got some funny experiences in driving. I can totally relate to your post because I also had a hard time learning to drive when I was still college. I almost hit a man on the road, I got scared and totally mixed up the pedals. I didn't notice that I was hitting the gas instead of the breaks. I'm glad my teacher was so quick to hit the break and I was saved! That was one of the scariest driving experienced I had, next was being caught by the police for not using the seat belt. It was a learning experience though, those mistakes we had in the past made us who we are today. And now, I am driving safe and I'm glad I had already conquered my fears.

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  10. Ah I know the feeling well I am most definitely a nervous driver not helped by mikes constant back seat driving antics. Knocking down your dad wall got I bet you were popular Lucy x

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  11. Haha! Aw Chloe.. LessonS learned I'm sure. :)
    We all have moments and it's normally within the first year. (they say) Although cliche, it really is all about experience and confidence.

    Caroline.x

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