Learner's licence jitters

EVER since I turned 16 last year there was immense pressure to get my learners as everyone around me had passed or was practising.

I joined in for a while, downloaded the app and started reading the road code over the summer holidays with a friend whose 16th birthday was coming up.

We started back at school for year 12 and people were driving on their restricted or had got their learners and I seemed like an outsider in the year for not having it after five months of being 16.

It got to six months and I did practice tests once or twice a week, all the way till the eighth month. I came to the realisation that I was soon to be 17 and I still hadn’t got my learners and people much younger than me could now drive, but I still wasn’t confident enough to go.

More time passed and my boyfriend, whose birthday was five months after mine, got his learners, and I realised I needed to hurry up. I realised quickly after this I was so scared of failing that it stopped me from trying altogether.

After 10 months of being 16 I woke up one morning completely confident, it was rather strange. I told no one about going, not even my boyfriend because I didn’t want anyone to know and ask how it went if I failed.

I went after school feeling no nervousness at all and passed with flying colours — 35 questions right out of 35 — and I completed it in under five minutes.

So from my story I have some advice for anyone that is coming up to 16, or is scared to sit their learners. It’s OK to be scared!

I think I found it’s really important that you don’t give in to the pressures from your friends and you do it when you are ready, not when they think you are.

EVER since I turned 16 last year there was immense pressure to get my learners as everyone around me had passed or was practising.

I joined in for a while, downloaded the app and started reading the road code over the summer holidays with a friend whose 16th birthday was coming up.

We started back at school for year 12 and people were driving on their restricted or had got their learners and I seemed like an outsider in the year for not having it after five months of being 16.

It got to six months and I did practice tests once or twice a week, all the way till the eighth month. I came to the realisation that I was soon to be 17 and I still hadn’t got my learners and people much younger than me could now drive, but I still wasn’t confident enough to go.

More time passed and my boyfriend, whose birthday was five months after mine, got his learners, and I realised I needed to hurry up. I realised quickly after this I was so scared of failing that it stopped me from trying altogether.

After 10 months of being 16 I woke up one morning completely confident, it was rather strange. I told no one about going, not even my boyfriend because I didn’t want anyone to know and ask how it went if I failed.

I went after school feeling no nervousness at all and passed with flying colours — 35 questions right out of 35 — and I completed it in under five minutes.

So from my story I have some advice for anyone that is coming up to 16, or is scared to sit their learners. It’s OK to be scared!

I think I found it’s really important that you don’t give in to the pressures from your friends and you do it when you are ready, not when they think you are.

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Jade, Napier - 2 months ago
I used the DT app and passed first time almost a year ago. The learners was easy, but getting the restricted was hard. I had a few lessons with a local instructor - I had a couple of free lessons with another company, but the quality was bad and I learned more in one paid lesson.

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