Learning to drive can be amazing, it can also be incredibly frustrating or at least I know it was to me. I refused to take my driving test till long after I was ready and when I finally did start taking them, I worked myself up into such a state I did things I had never done even on my very first lessons (hitting the tyre on the curb on a reverse park – only on my test).
But of course the learning doesn't stop when you pass your test, after all as a learner you aren't allowed on the motorway and you no longer have the security of someone sat next to you with a spare break should anything go wrong.
I remember when I passed my test I was so excited about getting my own car, we actually went and picked it out that afternoon, but it wasn't until a few weeks later I got to actually call it my own.
That's when I panicked, it was so different to the car I had learned to drive in and that was just the inside, I completely forgot it was a different shape and size which lead to me grounding it on a curb in a car park, one of the first times I visited the supermarket.
When you learn to drive every little mistake feels like such a big thing and even more so those first weeks and months after passing, each bunny hop and stall feels like you are the worst driver in the world.
But the truth is while we all get more used to driving, there is no saying that it will never happen again, as no matter how long you have been on the road, those silly mistakes are bound to happen from time to time, such as leaving the car in gear when you turn on the ignition or accidently stalling it. You just get more used to it and learn to deal with those little things as well as you did everything else you learned in your lessons.
These days companies realise not all young drivers are bad drivers and companies such as More Th>n are giving you and me a chance to prove it to them, by installing a black box in your car and in return? Well you could save up to £750 just by proving yes we all make mistakes but on the whole we are great drivers.
Do you have any stories of any silly things you did just after passing your test?
*Young people in car photo from Shutterstock