The Weekend Blog | I passed!

17th September 2016

The Weekend Blog | I passed!


I kind of took an unplanned break from blogging for a few weeks, and although it wasn’t planned I realised it’s exactly what I needed.

But I’m back, and I’ve got good news.

On Monday I passed my driving test! 

I mentioned that my test was in September but I wanted to keep the date a secret. I mean, I did end up telling most of the people I work with when I’d had a few too many beers last week, but it was kept a a secret from most people.

I was so nervous and I’d pretty much excepted that I was going to fail. I just didn’t feel ready, and so many people had told me that they had failed first time around.

And even during the test I was convinced I had failed. So I was pretty shocked when the examiner said I’d passed! And he said it so casually that it took a while for it to sink in.

I’ll actually be sharing a post on my journey of learning to drive on the blog next week because it’s certainly been an interesting one.

So now I’m on the look out for a car. I’m so excited about the freedom that owning a car will bring, but I’m not looking forward to the cost of insurance. It’s absolutely ridiculous!

I only have an automatic license, for medical reasons, and finding an automatic car within my budget is proving harder than I expected. We’ve even found that some car dealerships will advertise a manual car as an automatic, which really confuses matters.

I’ll let you know when I’ve found one. I’m desperate because I want a trip to Ikea!

Have a great weekend!

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  1. Congratulations! 😀 I can understand why you would want to keep some things a secret. I kept my car a secret on my blog because I was tired of people judging me for buying a new car to learn in. It was good to finally write about it, though. I was pretty scared after my practical test, I really hoped I didn’t fail. Sometimes you just never know what to expect, because even if the instructor is nice, they could just be doing that so they’re not giving anything away. I was relieved at the end of mine!

    Advertising a manual car as an automatic sounds terrible! Surely that is not allowed or dodgy :O But good luck finding an affordable car that you like!

    • Holly

      Thank you!

      I really wish I’d bought a car to learn it, because now I’ve passed it’s so difficult to find one. It’s only been a week but I’m getting inpatient, haha! I just want to hit the roads.

      I know right! My dad called the garage to check if it was an automatic or not, to which they admitted it was a manual, yet the advert is still up and it is still being advertised as an automatic. It’s terrible.

  2. Congratulations!! I’m so happy for you, I know how much you wanted to pass the test. xx

  3. Amy

    Congratulations on passing! I’m so happy for you, especially after all the hassle you had to go through to find an automatic instructor. Why is the UK all about manual cars? I absolutely hate having to change gear and find my biting point, it makes driving 100% more stressful.

    I passed second time. On the first time I didn’t stop at the give way lines and a car had to brake so we didn’t crash. I literally didn’t notice, and was really shocked when the examiner told me at the end of the test. Scary stuff. On my actual test, I thought I’d failed. My 3-Point turn ended up taking about 15 moves rather than 3, but apparently that doesn’t matter as long as you don’t hit the kerb.

    Good luck with finding an automatic car! I’m looking into getting one, because I’m still too terrified to drive my manual car again. I haven’t driven in over two years now, and I think an automatic might ease my nerves a bit. I genuinely get so nervous when I have to change gear.

    Have fun at IKEA!

    • Holly

      Thank you!

      I know! It’s like Tyrone said to me, why don’t people want to opt for the easier version. If it was anything else other than driving people would go for the easier option!

      I would definitely recommend giving an automatic a go. The absence of gears makes life so much easier.
      It’s horrible when you do something wrong and you don’t know what! It happened quite a lot when I was having lessons, when my instructor would get me to stop and tell him what I’d done wrong. 9 times out of 10 I didn’t even know.

  4. Congratulations on passing your driving test! Driving is fun, you can go anywhere and anytime you want! Having an element of surprise is great. I did the same when I took my test just in case I failed XD. Hope you’ll find the car you want. What kind of cars are you looking at? 🙂

    • Holly

      Thank you! I can’t wait for the freedom!

      I’m just looking for something small, something cheap (and cheap to insure) and automatic…which is proving harder than I expected.

  5. Congratulations! I passed on my third go. I hate test where someone is watching you, so the first two times I think I was so nervous that I kept making mistakes. By the third time, I was sort of use to it!

    I have an automatic license too. It isn’t too much of an issue to find an automatic car these days as they are becoming very popular. They are a tiny bit more expensive than manual but the difference isn’t too crazy anymore.

    Insurance these days are so ridiculous for new drivers. I got rid of my car this year as I stopped driving it since I started working in London. My fiancé just drives me everywhere that I need to go, and I usually meet up with my friends in central London so I hardly need it. It has really saved me loads of money.

    Good luck with your car hunting!