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youvegottobekidding Fri 19-May-17 21:35:12

So nearly 2 yrs ago I started driving lessons, at 42! I was very nervous. I took 2 tests which I failed on last year, I lost a lot of confidence after failing my 2nd test & pretty much gave up.

Fast forward 7 months & I've found a new instructor. I've been out about 4 times with him & he's very thorough, I do feel like I'm improving.

My test is in a few weeks, I've only got 1 more lesson before then so I suggested moving my test date back by a few weeks as I think I could do with some more lessons - he doesn't think so - he actually thinks I'm test ready, he says I'll pass it, no problem, I can do it, he wouldn't say so otherwise. But, when we've practiced any manoeuvres, he's always said he'd fail me on them? So that leads me to believe I'm not ready iuswim? Or am I just trying to delay the inevitable?!

I'm a dozy clutz at the best of times, I forget things so easily! I could kick myself for not learning at 17! But I was never encouraged to, more discouraged if anything. I wish it came more naturally to me but unfortunately it doesn't. I get nervous just before a lesson! I'm just doing it for the kids. I just want my licence, so I can get them out in the school holidays while dad's at work or if eldest is poorly at secondary school & needs picking up.

user1473069303 Sat 20-May-17 13:29:13


I'd try to forget about what he said about the manoeuvres and just focus on the positive: he said you're test-ready. You don't need to be perfect, just show that you can handle the car properly and ensure the safety of you and those around you. Keep plugging away, you're almost there.

I'm 39, have 40 hours of tuition and 5000 km of driving under my belt and still don't feel test-ready. I get nervous, too and regret not learning when I was 17. This is by far the hardest thing I've ever done.

Think of the additional experience you're getting and I think that doing it for the kids is great - very motivating. I drive best when I know others are depending on me, which in my case has been when my husband's been sick and needed me to take him to his medical appointments 20 miles away.

Is there any way to fit in an extra lesson or two before the test?

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