My 2015 New Year’s Goal 1 – Refresher Driving Lessons

Refresher Driving Lessons

Well finally I’ve made a decision on what my New Year Goals for 2015 will be – and it’s already 1 week into the new year – refresher driving lessons!

Last year I didn’t really set myself any goals, we were busy with selling the house in Australia and relocating to the UK so I think the only goals I had were to just get through it.

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This year we have Mini on the way of course so it’s set to be another hectic one but there are a few things I want to accomplish as well as adding another one to the family.  I wanted to talk about the main one day:

NY Resolution 1. Get back behind the wheel

I passed my driving test when I was 17 (a looong time ago) and drove happily and confidently for years until I unfortunately was involved in a couple of minor car accidents.  Although I was not at fault and wasn’t physically injured, thankfully, they did really shake my confidence and I made the decision after the second one to stop driving.  Although I felt like a safe and confident driver, the unpredictability of other people on the road just led me to think it wasn’t worth it.

You might think this decision has caused me to be at a disadvantage or inconvenienced but actually it ended up empowering me more.  I’ve become very independent and resourceful and whereas as I could have simply relied on a car to get me places, instead I see more of the world by walking and  using public transport.  There have been no “I don’t have the car so I can’t go” excuses coming from me!

That said though, I’m not a quitter and I’ve always had the intention of driving again but as the years have gone on, I’ve become less interested in trying and have forgotten a lot about, well, how to actually drive!  My confidence in driving is at an all time low and given that I’m a confident and proactive person in most other aspects of my life, this is something I really want to work on.

So this year is my year to get back behind the wheel!  Now unfortunately I do not have my own car but I do have the use of my husbands’ when he isn’t at work.  But it’s a biiiiiiig 4 wheel drive and I’ve only ever owned and driven small hatchbacks.  Argh.  This is going to be a bigger challenge than I thought it would be!

I’ve made the first step though in organising my first refresher driving lesson!  I worked out it’s actually been about 11 years since I last drove so for my own confidence and the safety of me and everyone else on the road, I’m going to do this properly.

I’m really excited to take on this challenge but I’m very nervous too.  Mainly about the possibility of ‘failing’.  Will I be able to actually get behind the wheel?  Will I freeze and burst into tears as I have in the past when I’ve tried?  Will I crash the instructors’ car??

I’m also concerned that as I do not have my own car to drive afterwards, will it be a fruitless mission as I won’t be able to practice what I’m relearning?  I think I need to look into the possibility of renting a hire car or leasing one as I cannot afford to buy one outright.

It’s all quite over-whelming but I’m determined to accomplish this and so have made it my main New Year’s resolution.

I’d love to hear from anyone else in a similar position or anyone who is learning to drive at the moment – let’s encourage each other :)

I hope you’re all on track in setting and sticking to you own New Year’s resolutions – feel free to share them by commenting below – they will inspire me to stick to my own!

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20 Comments

  1. 7th January 2015 / 1:37 pm

    Good luck! I stopped learning to drive after a few scary moments and it took my Dad to literally push me back into a car to start again. My 2nd instructor was amazingly calm and patient though…now I wouldn’t be without my license…and I drive one of those big 4x4s!!! #MMWBH

    • 7th January 2015 / 2:28 pm

      Thanks so much, Carrie! Ah that’s brilliant, thank you – I hope I have the same experience – if not, I’m calling your dad!! You’ve inspired me to one day tackle the 4×4 too! :)

  2. 8th January 2015 / 9:04 am

    Ooh, good luck with the driving! I’ve never learned to drive and often wonder whether I should start. Thanks for linking up with #WeekendBlogHop!

    • 8th January 2015 / 10:14 am

      Thanks so much Vicky!! I’ll let you know how I get on but that said, it isn’t an essential thing to do – we can easily get by without driving, can’t we :)

  3. 8th January 2015 / 10:47 am

    It’s daunting isn’t it!! I didn’t end up getting my driver’s licence until I was 34 years old and 6 months pregnant with my first bub! I was really reluctant to do it, and felt scared, anxious and embarrassed about the whole situation. Luckily I found a really patient instructor (definitely NOT my husband!) and just took it really slowly. Now I love driving!! Good luck with it :)

    • 8th January 2015 / 10:49 am

      That’s brilliant – well done!! I agree, I couldn’t ask my husband either – we’d divorce! That said, I might get him to take me out at the weekend, we’ll see!! Thanks so much :)

  4. 8th January 2015 / 1:02 pm

    Very best of luck learning to drive again. I lived without a car for years when I first moved to London although, like you, I passed my test when I was 17. Sure you’ll do well and well done on getting on with your resolution so quickly. #BrilliantBlogPosts

    • 8th January 2015 / 1:27 pm

      Thank you so much! Ah I bet, I can’t even imagine driving in London, I’m such a scaredy cat though:) Thanks so much :)

  5. 8th January 2015 / 3:12 pm

    I was involved in a head on collision a few years ago now and it really knocked my confidence. It took me a good year to feel able to drive again. Good luck and I hope it is like riding a bike …. or driving a car :-) xx

    • 8th January 2015 / 3:19 pm

      That’s so scary Katy! Well done to you for overcoming it :) I really hope I can do the same! :)

  6. 9th January 2015 / 6:22 am

    Ah you’ll be fine hun, I had a couple of years of not driving and found it came back to me. Good for you xx

    • 19th January 2015 / 7:24 pm

      Thanks Amy! I’ve had a couple of refresher lessons since posting and all going well so far – so much more than I imagined!! :)

  7. 10th January 2015 / 11:13 pm

    Good luck lovely you will be fine, build up your confidence slowly, the right teacher makes all the difference too! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts

    • 19th January 2015 / 7:25 pm

      Thanks so much and you’re quite right – the instructor I’ve found for refresher lessons is very patient and understanding and it really helps :)

  8. 15th January 2015 / 2:36 pm

    I started learning to drive in September, I’m literally the last of my friendship group to learn and the first to have a child so felt the time was right. Found a fab lady instructor but now I’m moving house so will be changing instructor, so I’m nervous again – and haven’t had a lesson since 19th Dec. But once I move I’m really keen to just get on with it and get it under my belt. I’m a really anxious person but have surprised myself at how well I’m getting on – I even did a perfect parallel park first time!

    • 19th January 2015 / 7:26 pm

      That’s wonderful that you’re learning! I’d definitely recommend getting lessons sorted with a new instructor asap. From my own experience, the longer you leave it the harder it gets. Good luck!! :)

  9. 17th January 2015 / 9:36 pm

    Good luck :) you know what I am in the same boat. I stopped driving 12 years ago when I was pregnant with my 3rd and wanted to be drove around lol…Where have the years gone!! I want to get behind the wheel but have lost my confidence, you must let me know how you go!?!…

    Thanks for sharing at the weekend blog hop..

    • 19th January 2015 / 7:27 pm

      Isn’t it crazy how the time flies and you’re quite content being the passenger! I’ve had a couple of refresher lessons already and I’m feeling SO much better – it’s going to take a while to get my confidence up but I already feel so much more empowered. I definitely recommend getting back behind the wheel – let me know if you do :) :)

  10. 23rd January 2015 / 3:59 pm

    I think that’s a fab New Years Resolution! How’s it going?? It took me a couple of attempts at a test before I was allowed on the road – but seriously – it’s the best thing ever for a little bit more independence – especially with little ones to cart around too!! Steph xxx #SundayStars

    • 24th January 2015 / 1:53 pm

      Thanks so much Steph! It’s going so well, I’ll write an update soon but I’ve been out a few times now and I’m getting more confident :) Hope you’re having a lovely weekend.

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