Living in Brighton, I don’t generally tend to drive anywhere any more, it’s a lot more convenient to use public transport because the parking is bloody extortionate. In fact, a lot of friends didn’t even know that I could drive until I wrote my post about being an adult which, if you haven’t read, you can catch up with here.
I learnt to drive back in 2004 (Jesus, now I feel super old!) on the Isle of Wight, where there’s one tiny stretch of dual carriageway and no motorways! There are; however, a lot of narrow country roads and animals to contend with. And loads of asshole drivers in 4x4s and chavs in crap cars. Fun times.
Despite the setbacks, I absolutely loved learning to drive. I still remember my first lesson where my lovely instructor took me to a quiet cul-de-sac and taught me how to find the biting point. Although it was hella scary to think that I was in charge of a powerful machine, (well a Renault Clio, but still) it was incredible knowing that I was the one in control. I managed a few yards down the road before bunny-hopping. I soon got the hang of it though and was even getting up to 30mph in my first lesson!
I think my favourite bit was learning to park. Yeah, I appreciate that makes me a total weirdo, but I’ve never really had a problem with parallel parking. I hated reversing round a corner though; that was probably the worst bit for me. I don’t even know why. I just absolutely hated it.
Once I’d passed my test (after two attempts) there was no stopping me. My very first car was my mum’s old Rover 100 Knightsbridge (SE) in kingfisher blue. It was glorious. Mostly because it symbolised freedom. Going out when I wanted, not waiting for the bus. Not having to rely on other people for lifts. And getting to blast my music out of the windows really, really loudly! Look at my happy little Goth face <3
The first time I ever drove on the “mainland”, I was with my then boyfriend and we went to Butlins on holiday. Rockin’. I spent the entire trip with both hands firmly gripped on the steering wheel, barely making it over 50mph and with the radio turned off. So I could concentrate. Does anyone else turn the music down when looking for directions? Please tell me it’s not just me?
I’d definitely recommend learning to drive if you haven’t already; you never know when it might come in handy!
Are you learning to drive or can you drive already? What’s your favourite thing about driving? Let me know in the comments below 🙂 x
*This post is in collaboration with Book Learn Pass.