{The Ordinary Moments} #12 - Taking My Driving Test

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It has been a funny old week as we've been catching up after all of the sickness from last week. There's been a mountain of laundry to do, stacks of washing up and I haven't even started on the bathrooms. I always feel so overwhelmed when the whole house is a mess because it seems like the jobs are never ending. We just need to get on top of it all again! I dream of being able to put my feet up with a cup of tea and knowing there's nothing else to do, but we're a long way from that yet!

I've spent the whole week stressed and worried because finally, after learning on and off for 4 years, it was time to take my driving test. It's been a long, long journey getting to this point! I began learning to drive in my gap year, and I got to the point where I was 'test ready'. One of the two local test centres was shut so the other was fully booked, which meant I wasn't able to book one in time. So off to uni I went without doing the test, and I didn't give it a second thought.

Fast forward to the end of university and moving home to live with Jono who was training to be a driving instructor. My theory test had run out, so I had to do it again (passed it both times with flying colours I might add!). I was insured on our car and finally it was time to drive again. I thought I might still remember the basics, but as I sat there struggling to drive in second gear I had a bit of a breakdown. I get so frustrated with myself because I knew how to drive, I had been "test ready" before, but here I was unable to drive around the block. It felt like I had a long way to go.

That was a year ago now, and there has been a lot more tears since then! I've had multiple tests booked but we've had to postpone them again and again. One time our car wing mirror was kicked off mere days before my test, and then another time I was  heavily pregnant and way too emotional to take it. So here we are, it's June, Jono's a qualified driving instructor, we have a new car and I have been practicing and practicing like crazy. It was time.

We dropped Zach off at my mums and spent the morning driving around Cambridge - it's a bit different to driving where we live as everywhere seems to be a 20 mile an hour zone and there's hundreds and hundreds of bikes. We got a car wash, and had lunch (I successfully dropped the chicken out of my wrap and spilled my drink down myself - nervous much?) and then headed to the test centre.

Of course I drive in there and the first thing I have to do is bay park in the car park. And I get it wrong. Three times in a row. My test hadn't even started and I felt like I had already failed. We went inside, and met my examiner and then of course I've lost the car key. I can't remember if I've left it in the car and I can't see it in my handbag. But we find it and it's time to go. And...

I passed! First time! With only 2 minor driving faults! After all that panic and stress, all the tears and botched up bay parking, I did it! I couldn't be happier, and I'm so proud of myself. I know that for most people it's probably not as much of a big deal, but to me it feels like a massive weight has been lifted and that I've finally achieved something I've been working on for such a long time! It means that I can now take Zach out to more places for days out and to see our friends.

Now it's time to take the pass plus, because driving? It's easy.



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12 comments

  1. Wow, well done! I remember so clearly how stressful my driving test was. Good luck with the pass plus :)

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    1. Thank you! It was definitely very stressful, and I'm so glad it's over now! xx

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  2. Congratulations on passing your test! There will be no stopping you now. Good luck with the pass plus too x

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    1. Thank you! So excited about having more independence! xx

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  3. Aw congratulations on passing your driving test! I passed on my FOURTH attempt how bad is that?! x

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    1. Thank you! That's not the worst I've heard ;) to be fair I did have A LOT of practice before taking mine! xx

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  4. Well done! I use my mum's car and it is so handy for getting around with the kids! x

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    1. Thank you!! I think driving is definitely more important when you have kids! xx

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  5. Massive congratulations on passing! It will give you so much more independence and freedom now, I'm so glad I re took mine and passed when I was younger! xx

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    1. Thank you!! I'm so excited to be able to be more independent now :) xx

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  6. AHHHHH how exciting! Congratulations - driving as a mum makes the job far easier and more adventurous haha WELL DONE, enjoy the freedom! x

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    1. Thank you so much!! I think it's definitely more important to be able to drive as a mum!! xx

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