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Learning to drive

Guys, I don’t make new year’s resolutions because I am terrible at following through on them but I had one goal this year and it was to get my driver’s license. So, I made an appointment to write my learners, wrote it, passed it and now I’m doing my lessons. I don’t think I will get my licence by the end of this year but I am happy with the progress that I’ve made toward my goal.

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Before I had kids and even when I was still working I was okay in not being able to drive. And after having failed twice, I had no lus to go fail again.

But now that I am home and I want to do more things with my kids, I don’t like being dependant on my dad, brother or husband to drive me around. I often have events and meetings I need to go to and organising a lift can be painful. 

Another issue is car seats. While my dad has one in his car for The Munchkin, we still have to manually strap The Potato’s car seat in with the seat belts rather than just click it into the base that’s in our car. Everything is just a las to go anywhere and we spend a lot of time at home.

So I’ve been taking driving lessons for the past couple of weeks and they have been going okay. I’m losing my nerves with being on the road but the car I’m learning on is not the best. The Husband says this is a good thing because it will be easier for me to drive a newer car like ours.

I’m still having trouble with pulling away but it’s the car I’m learning on because when I drive our car I don’t have that issue. 

To be honest, at 5 lessons in, I don’t feel confident that I will pass. I keep forgetting my observations when turning and braking, I have only practised parallel parking twice (as in two times not two lessons) and 3 point turn thrice. I think I got it right on the last go. 

But driving manual is so tiring. I drove my brother’s automatic car and I was so confused it just started moving when I took my foot off the brake and I was not expecting it to. I also find drivers on the road to be very impatient with learner drivers. It’s not like anyone just woke up and knew how to drive. How must people learn? It annoys me to no end!

Anyway, that’s what’s happening right now. Wish me luck!

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4 Comments

  1. Kim Muller

    December 1, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Seriously good luck! This was a goal of mine for this year as well. Like I mentioned before, I passed mine recently and highly pregnant. I am still not confident to drive though, people are so impatient and they drive crap. So while you’re still busy trying to remember if you’re in the right gear for example, you have be vigilant enough to watch others as well. But I hear they say practice makes perfect lol.

    Sucks that the car you’re learning on is crapppy though. I’m sure you’ll do great when you go pass out. The parking is the hardest part (for me anyway) and once that is out of the way, you’ll be a little more confident to take on the rest of the test. Please let us know when you’ve passed!

    1. Zayaan Schroeder

      December 1, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      The two times I failed it was parking as well. So I’m not very confident in that.

  2. ChevsLife

    December 2, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Good luck with this! I’ve been trying for the longest time – failed about 6/7 times already. I have absolutely no desire to drive, but special interest dictates that I need to try again. This time I’m going to try the automatic route . . . less coordinated multitasking and processing required.

  3. YC

    December 4, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    The process of getting your licence is the absolute worst. I only got mine on the 4th try. If you have the option of going to pass out in a small dorpie, definitely go that route. Much less stressful!
    I always used to tell myself that if the bobbejaan driving the taxi that just ran three red robots can have a licence then why can I, an intelligent female, not have one?
    Just don’t give up, once you have it and you’re driving daily you won’t even be able to imagine how you ever went without it!
    All the best inshaa-Allah!

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