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What I’ve Learnt As A New Driver: One Year On

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?

  • I’ll probably always 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.

EL xx
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7 thoughts on “What I’ve Learnt As A New Driver: One Year On

  1. I find it comforting to know there are other people who aren’t the most confident drivers out there but with practice and determination you can do it. I’ve had my learner license for 2-ish years and I purchased my own car last year but I still get shit scared to go for lessons with my mum… and I haven’t even made it onto the roads yet! Great post 🙂

    1. Once you get behind the wheel, you will get more confident as time goes on. I used to be the exact same. You purchased the car for a reason so you must be determined to drive?

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