Monthly Archives: January 2012

12 years of procrastination

In 2005, aged 23, I applied for my provisional licence. When it arrived, it sat in a box for about 7 years.

This Christmas, my brother made me a voucher for 2 x 1 hour driving lessons. He said he was ‘throwing down the gauntlet’. If I take my test by my 30th birthday there’s a vintage bottle of brandy in it for me. The voucher ‘expires’ on Jan 31st 2012, which is today.

The Direct Gov site has loads of advice for learning to drive. Basically, the main things you need to know before booking lessons are:

  1. You have to be 17
  2. You must have a provisional licence which consists of a photocard and a paper part.

That’s it! (anyone reading from the rest of the world, this is definitely a UK based blog so this may not apply at all where you are!)

If your provisional licence is ancient and the address is out of date (with no name changes and you still have both parts) you can tell them by phone and they send you a new one within 2 weeks.


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5 reasons I haven’t learned to drive… yet

I’m 29 and I’ve never had a driving lesson in my life.

Why not?

  1. I live in London – the traffic, narrow streets and general radio of nutters : normal people makes it a pretty scary place to drive.
  2. The transport system in London is amazing – between tubes, trains and nightbuses there’s no need to get behind the wheel.
  3. I grew up in London. See above.
  4. You can’t drink if you’re driving. May seem trivial but to me having fun at the party always seems more important than getting home from it.
  5. Actually, if I’m honest, I’m a teeny bit worried I’ll be crap at it.

This blog is going to follow the process of me learning to drive.

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