I passed my driving test in November and since then have been looking for a car. I bought one a few days ago and have been driving around at quiet times. I thought I was doing ok - a bit jolty at times but moving off and not holding anyone up.
Yesterday I went out for a drive with my boyfriend and managed to overshoot a junction, I managed to make it into the junction but very awkwardly. Then as I got home to the car park behind my flat all the parking spaces were taken so I attempted a 3 point turn in a very tight place and scraped the front of my car on a wall...
I'm not feeling very nervous about getting on the car again and questioning my ability! I was fine in the learners car but this feels like a massive jump.
Does anyone else have any experience as a new driver? Does it get better? Am I alone in scraping my car in the first few days??
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- Thread Starter
- 04-04-2016 05:16
- 04-04-2016 12:01
I've been driving nearly 2 month now and it does get easier, I scraped my car a little twice and a big scrape on the gate (my drive is small). Don't let it stop you, no one got hurt its not a big deal. I was nervous before every journey and only did local routes until the other day when I did a 60 mile trip including the first time on the motorway and now I feel I can drive anywhere. Basically what I'm saying is just do it. Take someone with you if it helps and just take your time X
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- 04-04-2016 16:07
Like all skills, it takes practice. Get out on some country roads where you can enjoy the drive and take things slow. A bit of "Sunday driving"!
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- 05-04-2016 00:00
The more you drive, the better you'll get, and soon enough you'll look back and laugh at how you used to get nervous
- 09-04-2016 16:03
As others have said, it will get better. It really is a case of putting the hours in. I passed just six months ago and feel much less nervous now. I basically feel a little bit more confident than I did at first. I struggled with reverse bay parking for example so I went out one night and practised for an hour in a quiet carpark. I looked like a right loser but now I can dump the car in a parking space with ease and that's made me feel so much better about driving in general. Good luck and all the best with your diving. Beep beep!
- 18-04-2016 15:47
I just did some refresher lessons as I hadn't driven for 4 years and popped my solo driving cherry today by renting a car. I was shaking, and sweating bullets, almost panic attack as I had never driven without my instructor with me and with the knowledge of dual control being there if anything happens. In my lessons I was very smooth and confident and assumed I'd be the same on my own...! I was given one of those horrid smart cars when I had learned in a nice ford. I was driving through Bootle nicely, then got to Seaforth and had a rest in a side road. When I was faced with a dual carriageway I though "EFF this" and tried to avoid it at all costs as I felt fine in town roads. There are no car rental places where I live so I had to go somewhere nearer the city centre. Bit cocky on my part I suppose.
I'm sure, like in lessons it's a case of experience. Drove again round my local area and feel much better about it, no problems at all. I felt more fluid and confident the more I went on. Agree with everyone else who says you get used to it very quicklyLast edited by Botticello; 19-04-2016 at 18:35.