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.
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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