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8 Struggles of a Learner Driver

8 Struggles of a Learner Driver
Tina Playle
  • On September 25, 2018

Being a learner driver is not always a walk (or drive) in the park. It’s mostly a struggle come to think of it… But it’s almost always completely worth it in the long run!

Having a full licence opens so many doors, however here’s just some of the sacrifice’s learner drivers have to make on the way…


Receiving your provisional licence



Yes, the struggles start before you’ve even got behind the wheel. You’ll be excited to receive your provisional licence, however, when you take a look at your photo – your heart drops. Mug shot. The worst thing? You’re stuck with it for 10 years. Disgusting.


Your first driving lesson


That first driving lesson is one of the many moments that worry a new driver. In those moments just before, you’ll start to think things like: “what the hell is a clutch?” and “am I going to look like a complete idiot?”.


Practising with your parents


If you are within the minority of people who have a positive experience whilst learning to drive with your parents, lucky you. Most of the time though, you’ll be dealing with an anxious mum or micromanaging dad. Any tension is also multiplied by 10, seeing as you’re operating a huge metal box at speed.


Parallel parking


Struggling with parallel parking isn’t exclusive to just learner drivers – other drivers with a full licence seem to have problems with it too. It’s a tricky skill to master, but once mastered, you’ll be king of the road.


Your mates spotting you on your lessons


Oh! Friend! Driving lesson friend! There’s no escaping this one as you’ll most likely be driving around your local town. Use this chance to practice ignoring those distractions.


Being on the receiving end of road rage


Unfortunately, there are some people out there who feel big when they target a learner driver with their road rage. We know that it’s extremely tempting to reply with some colourful language of your own, but remember, you keeping your cool makes you the winner of that situation.


Revising for the theory test


Hitting the books for your theory test can be completely and utterly confusing at times and can make you question whether those road signs actually exist.

The pressure of the first driving test


We spoke about the pressure of the first driving lesson, but the driving test nerves are in a league of their own. Remember, take a deep breath and relax. You got this!

Remember, we’re not trying to discourage you. Seeing the funny side of learning to drive reminds us not to take ourselves too seriously.

Enjoy the experience and hopefully you’ll get a full licence at the end of it.

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