Friday, 16 June 2017

Taking the wheel

When I was younger, I was never had an interest in driving. I, unlike most people, didn’t start driving lessons when I was 17, as I never really had any passion in wanting to learn.

It wasn’t really a case of ‘I can’t be bothered’, I just didn’t really want to. This attitude crept into my early twenties, and last year I decided enough was enough and I needed to get behind the wheel and start taking driving lessons.

I’ll admit I was a nervous wreck on my first lesson. I didn’t really like my instructor at all, she would quickly get ratty and annoyed at me if I did something wrong and she couldn’t see that I was struggling. Once she said; “Oh you’re just not getting this are you?!?!”, which crushed my confidence. I decided not to continue with her after she ghosted my messages and phone calls.

My second instructor was amazing. My confidence grew so much with her. She praised me when I did something well, and gave me constructive criticism when I did something not so well. She was an amazing instructor and I quickly built my confidence with her.

I stopped having lessons around October time, as I started to prepare to move into the flat my boyfriend and I share. I moved in November and the first month or so was unpacking and settling in time. Christmas and New Year came, and so did the beginning of the year and my birthday in March and I still hadn’t got back into my lessons. I have to admit that the break made me lose motivation and I grew nervous and anxious about taking them again.

I’ve now had a few lessons with a new instructor who is really nice and she as helped build my confidence up for the second time. I’m trying to beat my anxiety around them; I was feeling anxious about them up to three days before I had a lesson. I’ll get there.

When I do pass, I can’t wait to get a car and be able to drive to whereever I want. The chance to make new memories and see new places is one I can’t wait to grab.

I know when I do get a car, I know tyre safety is something very important. The legal limit for minimum depth of the tread on both can and van tyres is 1.6 millimetres; across 75% of the tread around the complete circumference of the tyre. If your tyres don’t meet the legal limit, you’re going to have a get some brand new shiny tyres to make sure the car you drive is safe.

If you’re from West Yorkshire like me, Ossett Tyre House in Wakefield* (or Wakey for you Leeds/Wakefield readers!), offer a service where you can reserve the tyres you need online, so you don’t need to make a online payment, and pay for the tyres during the fitting. They do the fitting at their Ossett deport, or they do a mobile fitting service to the wider West Yorkshire area.

I’d love to know if there any any other nervous drivers out there!

*Collaborative post; all words are my own. Legal limit information is taken from Ossett Tyre House website.
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