I had quite a few driving lessons when I turned 17 and I am pretty good, well I think, at the basics. I can change gear easily, turn well, check mirrors regularly and so on, but I Have never attempted going backwards (known technically as reversing).
Matt has taken me on a couple of driving lessons and has attempted to teach me some new skills. He came home as pale as a ghost. Reversing is not my forte! I think where he’s been driving for a long time, he forgets that when you’re learning, it’s quite hard. I am one of those people who take a while to pick up a new skill, but once i’ve got it, i’ve got it. Matt on the other hand, only has to do something two/three times and he’s got it.
After about two hours of him getting impatient with me and me getting angry, I decided to just find a local instructor and have been looking at something called an intensive driving course. For me this is ideal and think it my be a really good idea for other mums wanting to learn to drive.
The idea of them is that instead of having a couple of lessons for an hour each week for months on end, you have a long lesson every day or other day for a week – three weeks (depending on experience), then take your test at the end of the course. For parents, it means that instead of finding a babysitter every week, For me this is ideal. I have my summer break from university coming up soon and with Lily still at nursery during that time, it seems like a great opportunity to take!
Look out for part two soon…