Throwback Thursday – Learning to Drive

When I first learnt to drive I was seventeen. I remember my first few driving lessons like they were yesterday. The driving instructor was moody to say the least. If I made a mistake he would shout, and cling on to the other wheel like his life depended on it.

On one occasion I got into an argument with him. I got out of the car. Then I had to walk home because I had no other transport. When I wanted to take my test he said I wouldn’t get round the course. Great motivation – not. I took the test out of spite, and did make it all the way round. I didn’t pass – with an instructor like that who would?

My second driving instructor was much better. He was calm under pressure, and put me at ease. I remember doing my three – seven – point turn, and him shouting at a lorry who had doubled parked. I didn’t think driving instructors knew such words.

I didn’t pass on the second test, or the third. It wasn’t my driving, but I got so nervous on the test I couldn’t function. I gave up on the sixth fail. Buses were easier anyway.

Then my husband passed first time. I mean – first time. With a toddler now going to nursery, I needed a car. So I started driving lessons again. Plus I wanted to make a point; I could pass if my husband could. My brother-in-law helped this time. He taught me to drive, in his mini.

The day of the test, and I was so nervous, failing seemed like the only option. My assessor didn’t smile. Do they teach them to do that? He told me to reverse round a corner. I took the instructions wrong, and reversed past the corner and onto the wrong one.

I thought I failed. It was then I thought I’m not nervous anymore. The rest of the test passed without incident. When he told me I had passed, I asked if he was sure. He said he could change his mind if I wanted him to.

Twenty-seven years later and I’m still driving. I think if it weren’t for my husband passing his test I would never have tried. It is the stubborn streak in me I guess.

Published by writerravenclaw

I am a fifty something mother of two grown up children, and one beautiful grandchild. I have been married for nearly thirty-four years. My first book was published ten years ago. I wrote my book Sticks and Stones because of my experience of being bullied at school.

12 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday – Learning to Drive

  1. Diana, thank you for joining us in the challenge this week. What determination you have! It just goes to show if we want something bad enough we can achieve it. Congratulations for sticking with it.

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  2. Thanks for joining in. I think instructors can make or break the learning experience. I don’t remember ever having to go in reverse around a corner. I have read on more than one entry that it was required of some. Why the heck would they make you do that?

    I am happy that you pushed on and got your license as well as driving freedom.

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