Sometimes it’s nice just to document the mundane things, isn’t it? And although I’ve already written about my first driving lesson in my journal, I wanted to do it on here too, because I had no idea what to expect yesterday and I know I’m not alone in feeling this way. Maybe by sharing my first lesson experience with you guys it’ll help someone else feel less anxious about theirs…
I’m 21-years-old (actually I’ll be 22 in just a few days) and I want to start by saying that the longer you put it off the more nerve wracking and daunting it becomes. I wish I had done my lessons at 17, like everyone else was doing in my year at the time, as the amount of pressure I have put on myself now is immense.
Anyway, I wanted to have a woman driver instructor, everyone has their preferences and this was one of mine. I did my research around my local area and was surprised that the majority of teachers were male. Eventually I found the perfect instructor for me: Louise at Buzzing To Pass. Anyone who knows me will know that I run an online platform called beechat so it was definitely fate. She’s very busy so I got myself booked in for an initial lesson before my holidays (yesterday) and when I come back I’m getting myself a block and I’ll be doing regular lessons with Louise.
She was so informative, chatty and friendly. I felt instantly at ease around her and that’s majorly important in the success of your lessons. You need to feel confident and comfortable behind the wheel, and if the person beside you helps you to feel that the way, then you’ll accomplish much more quicker. I hope anyway.
With it being my first lesson, we had a few things to talk through and information to share before we could get started. She also has a lot of basics to talk me through about driving. I’m not going to lie; it’s a lot to take in. Once you start putting it all in to practice it all makes sense and falls in to place for you though. Oh, and make sure you take your provisional with you on lessons, this is a must.
I managed to get an actual shot at driving, taking off and moving the car, and I felt like an absolute badass. Me! Driving! Who would have thought it? It gave me such a confidence boost and I realised how much I really want to do this. I got a bit of a fright earlier in the week with my boyfriend being hospitalised with sepsis and I think it was the epiphany (or kick up the bum) I was needing to finally get my shit together and book a driving lesson. I’m eager and determined to do this. I’m finally ready.
My first lesson went extremely well and I’m really happy with how it went. As far as first lessons go I think mine was pretty smooth. Go me! Hopefully I’m a fast learner and I can pick everything up really well. I can’t wait for my next one!
What age did you start (or do you plan to start) your driving lessons at? Did you find it nerve wracking at first? Let me know in the comments below, I love hearing from you guys!
Until next time,