Why I am Only Just Learning to Drive at 24

When I was younger I was scared of absolutely everything, especially when it came to transport and travel. Hard to believe now huh?

I’d cry at the thought of going up a mountain, I’d cry every time we drove through the countryside and the thought of going on a plane, boat or even a Ferris wheel made me feel sick to my stomach.

I’ve definitely conquered most of my fears over the last ten years, however, there are still so many I still need to overcome including theme park rides, speed boats, cable cars and driving.

I always remember my Mum saying to me “I don’t think you’ll ever learn to drive” and to be honest, I didn’t think I would either. The thought of being out on the road and in control of car scared me to death. Why would I ever want to do that?

When all my friends started to learn to drive I sort of just muddled through without learning. I knew I was going to London for University and wouldn’t need to be able to drive whilst Itoo much.

By the time I moved on to my new job further out into town, I realised that I really needed to think about learning to drive because it would save me a fortune in taxi costs and bus fare. Especially if some days I was getting one both to and from work.

I thought about it and I realised how much easier driving would make my life. I wouldn’t have to rely on anyone to take me to the shops, I’d be able to drive and visit my parents in the evenings and not have to worry about them taking me home afterwards and I’D ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO TRAVEL AROUND THE UK.

At the moment I don’t get to see much of the UK because train fare can be ridiculously expensive, and by the time I’ve travelled by train the days pretty much over already. It’s ruled out 90% of the day trips I actually want to do because they’re all too far away.

Buying my First Car

A couple of months ago I finally bit the bullet and I decided I was going to start to learn, no matter how scared I was. My sister was selling her car so I bought it from her, with the plan to go out with Dad once or twice a week to get used to driving. When I am finally ready I’ll book some lessons with an instructor to get me ‘test-ready’.

It might not be for a while as I’m not a natural, but I’m already excited at the thought of having so much more freedom.  

I definitely feel more relaxed about driving now I’ve been out a few times. I get in the car convinced I hate driving and that it’s the scariest thing ever, but I get out excited about how far I’ve got each time. I know it seems like nothing but I drove myself home the other day and it was so exciting.

First Car Worries

Now that I’ve got my first car and I’m going out driving there is so much I need to consider. If I’m being honest, I know NOTHING about cars so I’ve definitely got a lot to learn.

One of the first things on my list is learning the highway code. I probably should have done this before I started driving, but every time I am in the car I make a mistake so it’s now right at the top of my to-do-list. I also need to start practising for my theory test and working on those all-important hazard perceptions

Another thing I know I need to learn is about as soon as possible is car maintenance. The other day (after not being used for two weeks) my car’s battery went dead and we had to jump start it – something I would have had no clue how to do on my own.

I’ve also got absolutely no knowledge about MOTs and car servicing. I know these are all small things that I will pick up as I go along and I can just go along to places like Osset Tyre House for MOT Testing, but as it’s taken me so long to finally start learning that I feel like I am already miles behind. As my car isn’t brand new and has some wear and tear, I would hate to experience a breakdown in my first few months of driving. I would feel like it would mean I had good reason to be scared all those years ago.

Why do you need to get a car MOT?

  • If your vehicle is more than three years old, it is required by the law to get an MOT every 12 months.
  • It allows you to make sure your car is safe enough to be on the road, giving you the chance to fix any major issues.
  • Any insurance claims you may need to make could be affected by the absence of an MOT, especially in the case of an injury.

I have so far to come, but I am so glad I’ve finally taken the first steps to learning to drive. Fingers crossed I’m officially on the road by the end of the year!

Kirsty Leanne

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1 Comment

  1. June 12, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    Way to go you! I didn’t start learning to drive until I was 22, and didn’t pass my test until I was 25 (after a two year hiatus from lessons!) It is scary, but it’s so fulfilling and you won’t believe the freedom you have with a car. I never regret learning to drive, but the costs associated can be a shock! Not only is there insurance, MOT’s and services, but also fuel costs (and in your first few months of driving, you’ll definitely drive more than strictly necessary because of the novelty!), breakdown cover etc. Don’t let me put you off, at all, though. It’s so so worth it! Good luck on your journey.