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Recently passed and keep crashing

Hi, i passed my deiving test around 4 months ago and i feel like im a complete s**t driver. I have already got into 3 incidents somehow, i slightly rolled abck and rouched a car uphill but the damage was 0 so he let me off, then ended up scraping a car while turning and payd for the damages myself as insurance would skyrocket, then today as i was parking i again slightly touched a car but did 0 damage. I'm lucky as heck insurance hasn't got involved yet somehow, any idea on how i can fix this situation, i'm really depressed over it.
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Original post by robqttedcant
Hi, i passed my deiving test around 4 months ago and i feel like im a complete s**t driver. I have already got into 3 incidents somehow, i slightly rolled abck and rouched a car uphill but the damage was 0 so he let me off, then ended up scraping a car while turning and payd for the damages myself as insurance would skyrocket, then today as i was parking i again slightly touched a car but did 0 damage. I'm lucky as heck insurance hasn't got involved yet somehow, any idea on how i can fix this situation, i'm really depressed over it.

Don't beat yourself up. We were all new drivers at some point. I remember when I went to test drive a car with my dad, 4 months after i passed and he told me to parallel park (in a very very big space) and I essentially plonked it down perpendicular 🤣.

Honestly the best thing to do is take it slow. Take your time making your decisions, whether that's finding your biting point on a hill start or turning left/right at junctions. Don't worry what the people behind you are doing - they aren't going to be the ones liable for damages if something goes wrong.

It can be beneficial to also plan out routes. I don't recommend this long term (as it leads to a habit of feeling uncertain on any unfamiliar roads) but if you're going somewhere, maybe plan it out on google maps or go for a test drive at night (or any other off-peak time) to gain some confidence?

If that seems too scary you're always more than welcome to take some "refresher" lessons with a driving instructor - this is not uncommon. Many people find that they need just a bit of extra help once they have passed.

As generic as it sounds - you just need some more experience. As i say, the real learning of how to drive begins after you've passed your test.
Original post by Anon2463
Don't beat yourself up. We were all new drivers at some point. I remember when I went to test drive a car with my dad, 4 months after i passed and he told me to parallel park (in a very very big space) and I essentially plonked it down perpendicular 🤣.

Honestly the best thing to do is take it slow. Take your time making your decisions, whether that's finding your biting point on a hill start or turning left/right at junctions. Don't worry what the people behind you are doing - they aren't going to be the ones liable for damages if something goes wrong.

It can be beneficial to also plan out routes. I don't recommend this long term (as it leads to a habit of feeling uncertain on any unfamiliar roads) but if you're going somewhere, maybe plan it out on google maps or go for a test drive at night (or any other off-peak time) to gain some confidence?

If that seems too scary you're always more than welcome to take some "refresher" lessons with a driving instructor - this is not uncommon. Many people find that they need just a bit of extra help once they have passed.

As generic as it sounds - you just need some more experience. As i say, the real learning of how to drive begins after you've passed your test.

I totally agree

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