My first driving lesson

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,

Charlene McElhinney 



  1. August 17, 2018 / 5:01 pm

    Well done! First lesson is always nerve wracking, but once you get used to it, you’ll be fine. Just try not to panic and over think things, just enjoy it. Good luck!

  2. Simon
    August 18, 2018 / 7:45 am

    Well done you! I passed my test 3rd time of asking in 1989……only a few blinks ago I try and kid myself!

    Key things are defo regular practice and also an instructor you feel comfortable with. Sure you’ll have lessons that don’t go great, but aim for the final goal which is a pass. I failed twice : those days there was no written theory. First time I wasn’t ready for it, 2nd time was close but not quite. 3rd time, nailed it. Tests were done within a 6 month period. I must have had about 25 lessons each of an hour. Otherwise I went out with my Dad.

    When you pass, that’s when you really start ‘learning’ and you’ll never forget the first time you drive in the car on your own…….it’s really, really quiet! I still remember that 1st route I drove alone.

    Good luck

  3. Kim
    September 10, 2018 / 5:07 pm

    Well done! The first lesson is always the most nerve wracking. I actually past my test on 23rd Sept 2008 so I’m coming up to my 10 year anniversary – blog post planned to celebrate. 😉

  4. September 13, 2018 / 9:36 pm

    In the US there’s a portion of your schooling that includes Driver’s Ed, (the theory behind the act of driving, essentially). I got my lerners permit at 15 1/2 and my license a year later. Props to you for taking those first steps! Way to go!

  5. September 14, 2018 / 10:42 am

    So glad you felt so at ease with your instructor! That’s hugely important. My first driving instructor would scream at me… I got out of there quickly! But I couldn’t re-do my driving lessons now, at 26. I’d be far too nervous so I’m glad I got it all out of the way when I was 18 so I don’t have to worry about it anymore! Best of luck on the rest of your lessons! 🙂 xxx

  6. September 23, 2018 / 6:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience and a few tips! I’m soon to be 22 and have not started thinking about driving, and it’s true that the more I wait the more it’s stressing me out. I’d never thought about making sure we are with an instructor who makes us comfortable, and to be honest I think I would prefer being with a woman as well.
    Best of luck for the rest of the lessons and getting your license!

  7. September 30, 2018 / 10:22 pm

    Yay! I’m so happy for you that your first driving lesson was a success, I haven’t yet taken a driving lesson but a few years ago I was insured on Nick’s car which I was aloud to drive as a learner. That was fun, I enjoyed the filling of being in control and (might sound cheesy) but it was just me and the open road! lol

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