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Sunday, 3 June 2012

Driving Lesson Numero Uno...

As some of you will be aware, one of my biggest resolutions this year was to learn to drive. Yesterday morning, I finally got behind the wheel and took my very first driving lesson. Yup, there's a walrus on crack on the roads. Watch out world.

I was debating whether or not to blog about my driving lessons. After all, I'm pretty sure that most of you probably acquired this skill about 82839901301 years ago, and don't particularly care about my pursuit to get on the road and drive around naked, waving joyfully at pedestrian folk. I have however decided, that every so often, I shall write a short/sweet little something about how I'm getting along, mainly so that I can look back and reminisce about the hilarity that is me, trying to learn a practical skill, but also so that I can look back and reminisce about how learning said practical skill changed my life.  I absolutely cannot wait to have even more independence, and to know that all of the beautiful, intricate, tree-lined roads that wind around the stunning British countryside, are mine for the travelling. Sob. Tissue, anyone?!

All in all, my first lesson was a resounding success. Yes, I let out some kind of awkward, manly scream, every time I saw another vehicle, even if it was parked, and yes, I stalled once or twice, but the point is folks, that I sat in the driver's seat of a vehicle, and I got it moving. I steered, and I turned left and right, and I stopped at junctions, and I pulled in and out of the roadside, and I even approached speeds of a whopping 23mph. I appreciate this sounds utterly ridiculously awful to the majority of you, but those that know me well will know that multi-tasking really isn't my forte. I am, after all, the same girl that can barely have a conversation without getting fully distracted by that 'pretty little birdie over there', so for this, I'm proud of myself, and I can't wait for my next lesson. And to stop being scared of stationary vehicles.

Finally, I am overwhelmed with joy that I don't fancy my driving instructor. He's lovely and all, but luckily, he's old enough to be my father. The last thing I needed was a 'woooooops, I thought that was the gearstick...' kind of situation. Wink.



  1. Being able to drive is a skill that, once they have no one can honestly say they dont enjoy, at some point. Yes, even once passed some people do stay away from motorways and also maybe driving in the dark.. But its such an independance and I guess for some a luxury. I truly believe in age I will become one of these old dears at 85, that refuse to give up.lol
    I thankfully learnt with my dad in his old micra in forestry land.. But I do remember the nervous-ness when I realised that the road we were on led to a main road!
    Just have as many lessons as you can, as regular as you can. Aslong as your enjoying it and feel relaxed youll be ok.
    Just remember, its not you thats the bad driver, its everbody else. :)

    1. Haha I love that! Yes, it's definitely everybody else! ;) I absolutely cannot wait to have the freedom and independence that it shall bring! I'll be right there next to you on the motorway, at 85! We can race....


  2. Aww well done I'm glad it went well!
    I started lessons myself just before Christmas and I remember how nervous I was before my first lesson, I kept asking people 'Shall I go straight out and jump in the car before he arrives or will he come to the door? Will he tell me how to switch on and get the car moving or does he expect me to already know?!'
    But I was pretty much the same as you and once I got going I couldn't wait to keep learning. My main problem has been that my hands follow my eyes so when I went out with my Mum she screamed at me for almost driving too close to a van and dived across and took the wheel from me. I'm absolutely 100% sure we should go on that 'Drive me Crazy' show where a relative has to show you how to drive because we'd be hilarious together, especially when stressed out.
    Keep it up, sometimes it can feel like a bit much with so much to learn but just remember like you said how much freedom and independence you'll have. I'm just excited to be able to go to Maccy D's in the middle of the night in my pajamas!

    1. Thank you lovely! Haha yes! I was exactly the same, didn't know whether I was coming or going to be honest! Gosh, my dad tried to teach me once, and it was bloody disastrous, I know the feeling!

      Maccy D's in the middle of the night sounds like a plan! Love me those gherkins...! Xx

  3. See I told you that you'd be ok! Good luck with the driving, I'm sure you'll be great! Don't worry if it tskes you a while to pick it up, everyone takes to it at a different pace. Just practice and practice and oh yeah practice! The scariest bit is when you pass your test and you're in the car by yourself with know one helping you so try to enjoy the whole learning process. And a little tip, try not to oogle at hotties too much while you are driving, your instructor won't be too happy about it believe me! XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.co.uk

    1. Wahooo, thank you!! I seem to be getting along pretty well so hopefully I can pass before the year is out! xXx

  4. Hahahaha!!! Love the last gearstick comment you saucy minx! I love how you can make absolutely anything into such an amazing read. You could make a description of a garbage bag more interesting with your divine words.

    Good luck with the driving! I took a total of 8 lessons a few years back. I should really finish them off =)

    Jen xx

    1. I'm saucy as an oxo gravy, baby. Thank you very much. I might try the garbage bag blog post. ;)

      Thank you, lady! YESS, get back on them at once! Then we can meet, and race, and be funky driver folk together xXx

  5. Well done for getting behind the wheel! I think the only thing that could convince me to do that would be if said wheel was smeared in chocolate. (Alternatively, if someone actually offered to pay for my lessons, I guess I could give it a go.)

    I'm so jealous that you'll soon be able to go out in the middle of the night without having to get fully dressed! xx

    1. Thank you very much, though I'm not about 4 lessons in and am still genuinely terrified. And still driving like a walrus on crack. It's not an ideal situation, but I will make it. Some day...

      I can't wait for that day! Screw even being partially clothed, I'll just drive round town honking in my birthday suit! Xx

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  7. awe im sure you will settle in fine. well done so far.


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