Learning to drive can be fun and exciting, but it can also be scary and nerve wracking! I’ve experienced all of these feelings, sometimes all at once. I remember my very first driving lesson. I didn’t know it was possible to be so excited and nervous at the same time!
Certain lessons will always stay in my mind. Like the time I stalled the car half way around a roundabout (not enjoyable), or the first time I drove down a 60 limit road, not wanting to go faster than 40 despite the numerous cars beeping at me. But you do get used to it, and 30 mph soon becomes very boring to drive at.
Then when you are feeling more confident, the nerves suddenly rush back as soon as the words ‘driving test’ are mentioned. My driving tests have been all but exciting for me. Note that the word ‘tests’ is plural as I am still, unfortunately, learning to drive.
Driving is all well and good until your eyesight fails you on your test day and you cannot read a number plate correctly. But I only got one letter wrong, and an F and a P do look awfully similar especially if you’re short sighted and are standing 20 metres away . Annoyed, is one word to describe how I felt, although I could use a lot more colourful words as to how annoyed I actually was.
However, all things do happen for a reason and it turns out my glasses were not strong enough and I am now on my way to booking another driving test, this time being able to see well. Two things I learned from this: always get your eyes tested when you are told to, and never give up!
Lauren Turner is a Year 13 student at Wales High School, planning a career in journalism.