25 things I learned in my first year of driving
12th Sep 2017
It’s been an entire year since I passed my driving test (first time, I might add), and I can’t begin to explain how much of a difference having a licence and owning a car has made to my life.
Today, to celebrate exactly a year to the date that I got my pink licence, I’ve compiled a list of 25 things that I’ve learned in my first year of driving and owning a car…
- The cost of car insurance is an absolute joke and I don’t know how they justify the price. Please pray mind is less than £2k this year.
- Actually, it’s expensive to run a car, full stop.
- Owning a car has made me so lazy….
- …but on the plus side, driving saves my legs which means less pain!
- You only truly learn to drive when you get out on the roads on your own.
- Nobody cares that I own an automatic car, or that I only have an automatic license. I don’t know why I worried so much.
- Owning a red car makes it easy to find in car parks. Even though I hate the colour red.
- If you have a small car people will take advantage of you i.e. cutting you up…
- …although don’t underestimate the size of a Suzuki Splash. I basically moved the entire contents of my house in mine. And rumour has it, you can fit a washing machine in the back with the seats down.
- If you get out on a motorway as soon as possible after passing your test, it will be easier. I actually prefer driving on the motorway over driving on normal roads.
- I miss having driving lessons. I don’t miss the cost, but I always enjoyed having a chat with my instructor.
- Owning a car makes me feel less isolated.
- I should have bought polarised sunglasses.
- I need a car that allows me to connect my phone to the speakers. Having a CD player is very limiting.
- People using their phones while driving (or applying makeup, reading magazines, using Face Time, clearing out handbags – I’ve seen all these things happen) makes my blood boil.
- You’re not suppose to stop in a yellow box at a junction, but nobody seems to know that.
- Another thing that people don’t seem to know if that if you are going straight over a roundabout you’re suppose to get into the left lane, unless specified otherwise. Quit cutting me up, and then beeping me as if I’m in the wrong!!
- Liverpool roads have more holes in them than a sieve, and they wear your tyres out quickly.
- Liverpool drivers are the worst drivers I have ever come across. I once watched as cars moved to let an ambulance through, only for another car to use this as an opportunity to cut through the traffic. HONEST TO GOD.
- I cannot beep anyone who has an Everton sticker in the back of their car, no matter how much of a dick they’ve been, because they’re basically family.
- People don’t think the rules of the road don’t apply in car parks. If there’s arrows pointing only in one direction it’s one way, so don’t give me a filthy look when I’m in the middle and you’re driving the wrong way down it.
- The staff at the Mersey tunnel tolls like to put the blame on you when your Fast Tag doesn’t work, even though 9 times out of 10 it’s their sensors that are broke…
- …and if you have to use cash to pay the toll, have an extra few 20p coins on hand for when the automatic machines decided to rob you…
- …and be prepared for the idiots who get in the Fast Tag lane without a Fast Tag, meaning you all have to reverse to let them out.
- I love driving. Like, I honestly enjoy it. It’s just other people that are the problem!
Do you drive? If so, what are you’re driving pet peeves? Have you learned any important lessons?!