The drive – Follow up post
I read this last night as my test was this morning. I had postponed it twice already, the first time I had a mock test and decided myself I wasn’t ready, the second time I nearly had a complete breakdown over the whole thing and my instructor ended up just driving me around for an hour to try to calm me down! I felt so embarrassed she had to do that. Then the third time I thought I’ll just go and do it, I’ll fail it and that will be OK because whatever happens, by the end of the 40 minutes i will have actually sat the damn thing and even if I crash the car driving out of the test centre the achievement is the fact I tried the test. So when the examiner said “you’ve passed” I didn’t believe him and my poor driving instructor got in the car to hear my feedback and asked me why on earth I looked so glum. I think I couldn’t believe I had passed.
I found all the tips on here really useful, just be at the stage where you are a driver, make your own decisions when you drive and be safe not perfect. The errors I got I know were because I did my test in morning rush hour traffic and other people were making big mistakes that I didn’t know how to deal with purely because I was so worried about getting a serious fault, if I had been on my own I’d just have got on with it.
I also found yoga for anxiety was really helpful in calming me down beforehand.
I just need a follow up article on what to do now you’ve passed and getting into the car on your own!!
Thank you very much for your lovely words!
Now that you’ve passed
- You need to sort out a car
1) Finding the car
There are various websites for buying used cars such as Auto Trader, Gumtree. As per your criteria of budget, make, year, kids, fuel, gear type, boot size, etc you can go on to look for your car. There are various financial packages as well if you want to buy a new car. However, if you are looking to buy an used car, here are the basic checks you can employ.
MOT and Tax check – https://www.vehicleenquiry.
This is a very useful website to track the MOT and Tax details. All you need is: 1) Vehicle registration number (number plate) 2) Vehicle make (BMW or Mercedes or Toyota etc).
Mileage check – https://www.check-mot.
You can compare the mileage being advertised on the car websites and actual mileage of the vehicle.
HPI check – https://hpicheck.com/
If everything is satisfactory in the DVLA checks, you can buy a HPI check which will tell you the full history of the car.
RAC vehicle check – http://www.rac.co.uk/buying-
If you are spending a decent amount of money on your car, then a RAC vehicle inspection is recommended. This will give you a complete report and you can buy the car without any further hesitation. It will save you a lot of money in the long run.
However, If you want to get going as soon as you can, then ignore all the tests, just buy any car that looks ok and in your budget. You can change on to a better car later on.
Driving on your own is different from driving with your instructor. There won’t be any extra brakes or support or a helping hand. You will be making the decisions and calling your shots. Take a look around and see all the cars around you. At some point in time, the people behind those wheels were all first time drivers. You have passed your test and trust me, you can drive. Face the fear and just drive. Mirror, signal, manoeuvre. Remember? You will be just fine.