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Learning to drive

Aunt_FloAunt_Flo Posts: 491 Mod Squad
So, at the age of 22, I've decided it's probably time to finish off my tattered old log book and do the remaining hours I have left so I can get my P's. I don't really like driving and think it's too dangerous, but it's becoming more of a necessity for me. Does anyone else not drive? Any other late learners to driving here?
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  • mak_trouble891mak_trouble891 Posts: 563 Mod Squad
    One of my close friends doesn't have her licence and my boyfriend is only on his L's. I have my full licence so its not too much of a problem. But like you my friend has tried driving but doesn't like it for a number of reasons and would rather take public transport. Myboyfriend on the other hand has never really had a need to get it.
    I think there can be benefits to learning to drive older. especially when it comes to understanding the dangers and risks involved with operating a car.
    My friend has often experienced ridicule for not having a licene, have you @Aunt_Flo?
  • walk_on_wallswalk_on_walls Posts: 191 Mod Squad
    I had people driving me around until I was 19, and I couldn't afford a car, so I never had the motivation to learn how to drive before then. But once I learnt, I was extremely glad I did. In Sydney, there's a lot you can't do efficiently without driving, so yes, a bit of a necessary evil.

    As someone who dated a late learner, I've found the relationship improved when they learnt to drive. Our road trips were more fun and efficient because we could share the driving. It also took the burden off me for all the day-to-day driving, which really adds up after a few years!
  • Aunt_FloAunt_Flo Posts: 491 Mod Squad
    No, @mak_trouble891 I haven't really found that anyone has made fun of me. I think cars being as expensive as they are, and the fact that very few of my friends drive makes it a bit easier for me in that regard. 

    @walk_on_walls I'm expecting my relationship will improve as well. It'll be easier to see each other, and we can get out of the house more. One of the many reasons I need to get my p's 
  • MsBlueStreakMsBlueStreak Posts: 475 Rock Star
    @Aunt_Flo - I qualify as one of those never learned to drive types.

    When I lived at home my parents didn't want me to learn (my Dad used to joke about his little girl being more suited to becoming rich and famous and having a chauffeur hanging around).

    I've actually started the learning thing a few times, but I have some seriously bad luck with that in that I keep injuring myself (not in the car) in ways that stop the driving practice temporarily. (Broke a few toes, and the last time I attempted learning my ankle - which because of complications kept me from behind the wheel for over a year).  I'm determined that I will learn before my L's run out this time though.
  • mak_trouble891mak_trouble891 Posts: 563 Mod Squad
    I'm hoping like with @walk_on_walls that when my partner gets his licence that the dynamics of our relationship will improve and change too. It can be quite difficult at times being the only person who drives, especially when you live an hour away from each other.
  • NickiPowerNickiPower Posts: 423 Rock Star
    @Aunt_Flo finding out if there is an update - have you logged enough hours, are you driving around displaying those P's magnificently? (Don't forget if you're in NSW it's Double Demerits this weekend too!) 
  • Aunt_FloAunt_Flo Posts: 491 Mod Squad
    @NickiPower slowly getting there but not enough hours yet! I thought it went down to 100 but it appears as though you still need 120! 
  • NickiPowerNickiPower Posts: 423 Rock Star
    Oh wow @Aunt_Flo, you'll get there!! :smile:
  • mak_trouble891mak_trouble891 Posts: 563 Mod Squad
    My partner is learning to drive, but because he is over 25, he doesn't have to complete the allotted hours. I have had my licence since I was 16, and have found I have developed bad habits which my partner has picked up on. I wonder if I did a driving test now, if I would pass? Plus the road rules are always changing.
  • NickiPowerNickiPower Posts: 423 Rock Star
    That's a really interesting @mak_trouble891, and yes the road rules are always changing!! 
  • Aunt_FloAunt_Flo Posts: 491 Mod Squad
    I was thinking about waiting until I was 25 @mak_trouble891. It seemed easier! But at 22 I've caved and I'm still learning. 72 hours down!
  • NickiPowerNickiPower Posts: 423 Rock Star
    You're more than halfway through @Aunt_Flo! Awesome! 
  • mak_trouble891mak_trouble891 Posts: 563 Mod Squad
    Keep going @Aunt_Flo you can do it!!
  • NickiPowerNickiPower Posts: 423 Rock Star
    @Aunt_Flo Driving update! How many hours down? 
  • Aunt_FloAunt_Flo Posts: 491 Mod Squad
    Uhhhh only about 76! Appreciating the encouragement! :) :)
  • NickiPowerNickiPower Posts: 423 Rock Star
    You can do it @Aunt_Flo!! :smiley:
  • EarthMamaEarthMama Posts: 149 Mod Squad
    How are you going with your driving @Aunt_Flo ?? Your story really resonated with me! I am of the same age, and have the same fears. Trying to push through those last three hours... Anyone have any tips for P's test anxiety? :/

  • Aunt_FloAunt_Flo Posts: 491 Mod Squad
    Hey @EarthMama! Well, the 120 hours - they're done! They're dusted! I'm fine-tuning things like parking and then I'm good to go. Unfortunately, they don't do testing on weekends, so I've got to have a day off work soon to sit down and take the test.

    I'm also pretty nervous about it! 
  • EarthMamaEarthMama Posts: 149 Mod Squad
    Hello @Aunt_Flo !! This is so exciting for you! You've put in the hard work- so I'm sure it just comes down to trusting yourself and your instincts!
    Please let me know how you go when you take the test! I will be following in your footsteps :)
  • Aunt_FloAunt_Flo Posts: 491 Mod Squad
    Will do! It's next week - eep!
  • NickiPowerNickiPower Posts: 423 Rock Star
    OMG @Aunt_Flo!!!! You're going to do amazing on your test! 
  • KitKit Posts: 403 Rock Star
    Omg good luck/how did you go @Aunt_Flo??
  • PurplePurple Posts: 90 Mod Squad
    Hi Aunt_Flo, I'm exactly the same - 22 years old and still on my Ls. I have so much anxiety about driving and to be honest I'm just not ready to drive at all, I hope I get there one day though. Just wanted to let you know you're not alone. I really hope you aced your test! 
  • Aunt_FloAunt_Flo Posts: 491 Mod Squad
    @Kit it's this Thursday - like in four days. I'm soooo nervous. Especially since a horrible report on young drivers and old cars came out today - my car is 1994. :/ But, trying not to let that get to me!

    Thanks @jessica! I've met a lot more people our age, as well as older who don't have their license either! The anxiety about driving is a big reason why I didn't learn at the usual time. Right now, the practicality of driving is far outweighing the stress, though! 
  • KitKit Posts: 403 Rock Star
    Omg yes, I was practising in my old car and doing the test in a fancy power-steering car was such a revelation! Lol

    Hope you found a way to ease the nerves x
  • EarthMamaEarthMama Posts: 149 Mod Squad
    @Aunt_Flo SO EXCITED FOR YOU!! Any tips??
  • Aunt_FloAunt_Flo Posts: 491 Mod Squad
    @EarthMama thank you! Practice parking, and just relax I'd say! You're allowed to make small errors and you can ask questions as you're going along.
  • KitKit Posts: 403 Rock Star
    YAY!!! Go you!! B) :D Well done @Aunt_Flo
  • EarthMamaEarthMama Posts: 149 Mod Squad
    @Aunt_Flo Awesome!! Yes, I am focusing on parking at the moment. Were the instructors friendly? Like did they talk to you throughout? 

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