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Am I BU to want to take driving lessons at 57?

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sallyandherarmy Tue 20-Feb-18 20:05:18

Back story - I first took driving lessons when I was 25. Split up with the now ex and couldn't afford to carry on.

Started taking the again when I was 32, as a single mother with 2 kids with one small income. Took my test - failed. Couldn't afford to carry on the lessons.

I am now 57 and I want to try again.

DH says he will back me, but at the same time is not confident. He says I have NO patience and I am a terrible 'front seat driver'.

BUT, I really want to try again.

Did you do this?

Your opinions, and experience, will be very much appreciated.

MrsPicklesonSmythe Tue 20-Feb-18 20:06:27

Do it! You won’t regret it

OuchLegoHurts Tue 20-Feb-18 20:07:04

My mum learned at 60! Go for it!

APontypandyPioneer Tue 20-Feb-18 20:07:17

YANBU at all. If you want to do it, do it! Good luck, not that you will need it I'm sure. flowers

Risen Tue 20-Feb-18 20:07:55

Do it! 😊

Yika Tue 20-Feb-18 20:09:14

YADNBU - driving is great, the sense of freedom fantastic. Go for it!

HisBetterHalf Tue 20-Feb-18 20:09:25

Opens up a whole new world, go for it

bonzo77 Tue 20-Feb-18 20:12:34

My gran did at a similar age to you. She drove for about 15-20 years till my DGF died and she moved back to London (previously in coastal town) where the traffic scared her and the public transport was so easy that she didn’t feel the need to drive.

omBreROSE Tue 20-Feb-18 20:12:53

My Gran passed at 57!
She needed a license as they were retiring to remote location.
Pootling about... down the country lanes, you’d think she’d been driving forever. She died st 83 - so l’d day that was well worth it!
Good luck 🌸

GabsAlot Tue 20-Feb-18 20:13:13

do it i gave up trying for 15 years i bitterly regret that gave me a whole new lease on life

Mumoftwoyoungkids Tue 20-Feb-18 20:17:33

Better to do it at 57 than at 58!

happy2bhomely Tue 20-Feb-18 20:20:51

I learned at 32. One of the best things I ever did. I was not a natural driver at all. I had over 50 hours of lessons and it cost a small fortune. I've been driving 2 years now and it has changed my life.

I didn't learn when I was younger because I was a young teen mum and there was always something more important to spend the money on.

The first time I drove my DC to a zoo I cried when I got there. blush I was so proud of myself.

I now drive on the M25, A406 and M11 on a regular basis and still get a buzz!

Go for it OP! Good luck.

TossDaily Tue 20-Feb-18 20:23:36

My mum passed at 58 - she's been driving for twenty years now.

Go for it!

RunRabbitRunRabbit Tue 20-Feb-18 20:29:39

Do it. Show your DH that you are a terrible front seat driver because you actually know the right thing to do.

Pollypudding Tue 20-Feb-18 20:30:09

Go for it- the freedom and independence it gives you is amazing. Tell your DH your front seat driving means you have a good awareness of the rules of the road but for goodness sake do not go driving with him if he is not confident in your abilities- get lessons from a qualified instructor. Hope all goes well for you.

BigGapMum Tue 20-Feb-18 20:32:39

One my neighbours learnt to drive and passed her test in her eighties, after her husband had to stop driving. She was a feisty lady and I was surprised she had never learnt before.

sallyandherarmy Tue 20-Feb-18 20:32:51

Thank you everyone!

I have shown DH all your replies, and he has smiled, in a nice way smile

I will be booking lessons asap.

Liberation here I come!

smile smile xx

luelle Tue 20-Feb-18 20:35:33

Go for it!

Don't give up (If money allows you to continue) - this is coming from someone who failed FIVE TIMES! Took me 5 years and a lot of work on my anxiety & panic attacks to finally pass but I did it and it's the best feeling ever x

Yawnyprawn Tue 20-Feb-18 20:38:13

Do it! What have you got to lose? If your DH doesn't fill you with confidence in your driving skills maybe keep him out of it until you've passed. You need encouragement and positive vibes only!

RitaMills Tue 20-Feb-18 20:39:47

Go for it, my mum passed her test last year at the age of 55 after my dad had to stop driving, its given her so much freedom and confidence.

zara020 Tue 20-Feb-18 20:42:07

Op I have recently started again after failing 3 times about ten years ago, I'm absolutely determined this time as now I have children and the need to get around alot more!

Don't know if you have trouble with learning in manuals because it certainly was my biggest problem, so now I'm learning in an automatic and it's the best decision I've ever made - I feel like I've got a fighting chance!

Definitely give if a good, what have you got to lose!wink

morningsex Tue 20-Feb-18 20:43:07

Do it it gives you such freedom - another one here who is not a natural driver but I actually love it now and would never go back . Passed at 23 didn't start driving until 37 - am v annoyed I didn't do it sooner.

HoneyDragon Tue 20-Feb-18 20:47:20

Another non natural driver here, passed my test 3 weeks ago at 39. I wanted to be driving before I was 40.

My Dh was hugely supportive and left me to it with my instructor; he didn’t want to take me out in between lessons which was the right decision as things have moved on since he passed his test and he would have got frustrated wink

JoeyMaynardssolidlump Tue 20-Feb-18 20:54:21

Bloody go for it love grin

chocolatewine Tue 20-Feb-18 21:05:05

Do it!! You'll pass and the freedom it brings is very worthwhile! good luck!!

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