Friday 29 July 2016

Learning To Drive, The Provisional Story.

With Spud starting secondary school next year, and the school I want him to attend being miles away, I've finally plucked up the courage and ordered myself a provisional driving license! Although we have a secondary school located just across the road from us - a two minute walk from our home, I would never send Spud there, and if he doesn't get the school we both want him to attend, then he will be home educated - pure and simple!

Either with him going to the school in question, or being home educated, I need to learn how to drive. I've wanted to drive for as long as I can remember, but two things have always stopped me, one being the funds to finance driving, lessons aren't cheap, nor are the test you have to do, and two being my anxiety about driving. I think until I get in a car for the first time, I won't know how I'm going to be, so there's no point in beating myself up and worrying about nothing!

So a little over a week ago, I went onto the DVLA website and purchased myself one of those green cards us Brits call the provisional driving licence. I just need to get my photo signed and then I can send off for my card! I'm planning on taking my theory test first, so I can concentrate on one part at a time, the first part being the theory, and then the second part being the practical side of driving!

As far as cars come, I don't want anything too juicy with it being my first car, I don't need a massive engine, nor do I want one with the price of petrol! I just want something that's safely going to get me from A to B! With it being my first car, I'm looking at buying a second hand car, and I want to buy it before I pass my test so I can get an experienced driver to help me practise more beyond my lessons.

My little brother Jamie recently passed his test and in April got himself a little runaround car, a three door Corsa to be precise and it suits him perfectly. At the moment, I would prefer a five door car, but if a three door makes the insurance cheaper, it's something I'd consider changing my mind about as I know first time drivers insurance can be rather expensive! I've been getting a few quotes and to say I was shocked was an understatement to say the least!

When searching around for second hand cars, I came across the infographic below from Trust Two, and wasn't surprised that 75% of families prefer Ford cars, I spend a lot of time with my sister and her two children, and she's had a few Ford models that have lasted her well, if I had to choose my first car right now, it would be a Ford Focus!

It's also interesting to see the difference in favourited brands across the UK, England's top car brand is Ford, whilst it differs across Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland! Now I can imagine myself visiting these countries whilst looking for the majority in car brands aha!

Jada x


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