It’s kind of ironic that as I write this blog post, I’m sitting in a Starbucks across the road from my local Vauxhall garage as my car is seen to for the second time this week.
When I passed my driving test on the 5th February 2018, I wrote a post all about what I’d learnt as a new driver and there was a lot of you who got in touch on social media to voice what you’d also learnt.
So within a year, what exactly have I learnt?
probablyalways google what the warning light on my dashboard means.
- I’ll always get angry when someone doesn’t raise their hand / flash their lights in thanks.
- I’ll always ask my Dad to top up the water with the “special stuff that cleans the windows.”
- I’ll always have anxiety about driving somewhere new.
- I’ll always prefer driving by myself.
- I’ll always hit the kerb when going through the McDonalds drive through.
- I’ll always go over a speed bump that little bit too quickly.
- I’ll always say “sorry” to my car when I do the above.
- I’ll always refer to my car as Albus.
- I’ll always park in the same spot at ASDA.
- I’ll always have a fear of roundabouts.
- I’ll eventually learn that the motorway is probably the quickest way.
- I’ll always know that there will be dickhead drivers on the road.
- I’ll feel weird being a passenger in my own car.
- I’ll complain that my Mum is a slow driver.
- I’ll always be singing along to LM5, but more importantly: Strip.
- I’ll whinge at the cost of petrol but never check where is the cheapest place.
- I’ll be annoyed when someone eats a McDonalds in my car but I’m allowed.
- I’ll spend far too much money on cherry scented air fresheners.
- I’ll opt to drive rather than walk 10 minutes down the road.
- I’ll always have patience when being stuck in traffic (apparently this will wear off!).
- My car will be my own safe place.
I guess I’ve learnt a lot in the last year or so.
Even though it took me a solid ten years to feel confident enough to drive, I’m glad that I passed my test when I’m older and wiser than I was when I was seventeen years old.
I think Emma at seventeen would have struggled with driving.
Maybe she would, maybe she wouldn’t – who knows?
But speaking from my experience now and knowing how I felt back then, she would have definitely struggled as a young driver.
Disclaimer: I have no working relationship with Vauxhall and my car was purchased with my own money.