The Weekend Blog | Driving to Ikea
9th Oct 2016
This week has been a little less hectic than last week.
If you read my monthly review which went up on Tuesday, or if you follow me on social media, you’ll know what I bought a car last weekend.
It was kind of a crazy couple of days. My mum was away on a cruise with my nan and my aunty, and my dad called me on the Thursday night to say he’d found a car.
So, because the car was all the way over in Stoke (close to Shropshire, not to Liverpool) my dad and my brother went to check it out and test drive it on the Friday night.
They loved it, so I went over to Stoke to buy it (yes, my money, not the bank of mum and dad) on the Saturday morning, then I stayed in Shropshire on the Saturday before driving it back to the Wirral on Sunday morning.
I feel tired just writing this quick recap!
Anyway, I’ve been pottering around in my little Suzuki Splash for a week now and it feels so strange to have a car in my life.
For example, on Monday night we just drove to a couple of supermarkets near to us that would probably take an hour to walk to (and walking that far with shopping bags isn’t fun!). We giggled like children because we felt so “adult”.
Yesterday I decided to do a test drive to work just to see how the road systems around their worked and how long it would take.
I’m so glad I did because I cocked up so many times it’s unreal. But I know what mistakes I made (mainly being in the wrong lane on the bloody 4 lane road!) and I’m ready to give it another go.
It’s just all down to confidence with driving, isn’t it?
I was determined not to let my mistakes ruin the day and from work I drove to Ikea over in Warrington, which involves going on the motorway. I feel quite confident with motorway driving to be honest. It’s much easier than driving round the city centre, and I think that’s because there’s better signage on the motorway.
I got us there safely and we spent a few hours wasting money on cacti, tupperware and bed sheets that turned out to be too big for our bed, but I enjoyed it so much because going to Ikea is something so simple that we were unable to do for YEARS.
And today I drove on my own for the very first time. I only popped to the local retail park but I’m so happy I finally got out there on my own. It wasn’t scary as I thought it would be.
I promise to stop talking about driving, and the novelty of driving to places, very soon. I’m just like a kid at Christmas with this car!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!