You’ve just turned 17, your dad’s given you the keys to the family Focus, and it’s time to get on the road. How do you feel? Nervous, excited… a bit like Lewis Hamilton?
What kind of learner driver are you?
1. The ‘I don’t want to kill anyone’ learner
Getting behind the wheel for your first driving lessons is scary, there’s no denying it. No amount of bumper car training can prepare you for driving in real life, and the fact that you’re now allowed to be in charge of a car seems a bit mental. If this is how you feel, you might want to try starting off in a car park first where the chances of you actually being able to injure anyone are significantly smaller.
2. The cocky learner
You think you’re ready to go straight on to the dual carriageway and that you’re probably a better driver than half these licence holders anyway? You will quickly discover that driving is harder than it looks and that it is possible for you to stall.
3. The defeatist learner
If learning to drive was a piece of cake we’d all be on the roads within a couple of days. It isn’t always smooth sailing, so don’t get stuck in the mindset of ‘I can’t do this… my life sucks… i will apply for my OAP bus pass now’.
4. The ‘I’m too old for this’ learner
Contrary to popular belief, not all learner drivers are under the age of 24. If you’re a more ‘mature’ learner, don’t tell yourself that you’re too old for all this learning to drive malarky. Did you know, the oldest person to take their test in the UK was 91?
5. The speedy learner
There will always be that one person in your class who seems to pass their driving test before you’ve even got out of first gear. Don’t worry about these people, you’ll get there eventually…
6. Then there’s the tortoise learners
Don’t worry if this is you. People will continually ask you when your test is and how many driving lessons you’ve had, but just take it as a compliment that they obviously find your life more interesting than theirs.
7. And the persistent learners…
If at first you don’t succeed, pick yourself up and try again… and again and again if necessary. We don’t all pass first time, but it’s not often people get to their 7th, 8th or 9th tests. If this is you, you may want to consider switching things up a bit. Try to avoid double digits if at all possible!