Relearning is okay
Essentially after passing my test and not having driven for so long I wondered if I was able to remember everything I learned. Getting back into the driving seat is a huge task for anybody. So I just did as much research as I possibly could, and eventually, I got the courage to book a driving lesson. Another thing that people can do you uses to get insured on a friend or family member’s car. Being insured on someone else's car may take the pressure off you instead of having your lesson so you can learn at your own pace. I was worried that so many things have changed since I passed my test, it turns out all the signs are the same! Who’d have thunk it?
Buying a car is difficult
When you passed your test, and you're 17, buying a car is all about getting the fastest and the sexiest. When you're 34, and you're buying a car, the dealers expect you to know what they're talking about, when in fact I didn't have a clue! My advice when it comes to this is to take a friend or a family member to point you in the right direction. Here's a little tip, men love talking about cars! So get as much information as you can.
Get a feel for the road
Whether as a passenger or buying a bike, getting a feel for the road will be half the battle when it comes to getting back into the swing of things. If you feel like getting a bike is a nice way to build up to driving a car, visit permit.bike if you are looking to get your bike license. As a passenger, I spent a lot of time observing people and their habits, and it put my mind at ease when I saw that people made mistakes many years after passing their test, not that they caused any collisions!
Driving for the first time by yourself
So you found the car, got the insurance and feel slightly confident in your ability to put the foot down on the accelerator for more than 10 seconds, congratulations! Now here is where the fun starts! You may feel daunted by such a small journey from the dealership, but remember to take your time and to break the journey down into smaller chunks if that is easier for you. After you get home, you may need a stiff drink, but remember not to go out after it!
When you're ready, take the car out for your first journey. The best advice I can give you is to keep to the roads that are local to your area. That way you know the roads and you can get home quick if you feel stressed! With each time you go back out, drive a little further away. Before you know it you have driven five miles, then 7 miles, and then you will have driven for 50 miles without a break and didn't even realize it!
If I can do it, then anybody can do it. I've never realized how great driving is. It is a cliche but people say that you have so much freedom when you drive, I understand what they mean now. So if you have a friend that is in the same predicament, heed my words!
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