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thinkofitdoit in Birmingham is doing 21 things including…

pass my driving test

3 cheers


thinkofitdoit has written 14 entries about this goal

Testing Testing

I care about my driving instructor, he’s a really nice chap. He tells me about his lovely family, his much loved daughter who fought her way back from serious illness to get married and present him with his adored grandchild. He’s a nice man and has given me lashings of confidence about my driving over the last year, confidence I never thought I’d have.

We talk about our savings, houses etc and although we’ve invested in different ways (me in houses, him in shares) we’ve both had plenty to chat about. Recently the stock market has caused both of us a fright. I’ve found myself feeling concerned for his retirement plans when I see the state of the economy, in the way I worry about my elders, my mum and dad, aunties etc.

Today I went for a lesson and I think I may have paid to give him two hours therapy. We kept laughing and trying to keep off the subject but he couldn’t help talking about money, I don’t blame him mind you. I have poured my heart out on more than one or two occassions since I started lessons with him so I guess I owe him one. Next week though I think I’ll concentrate on parallel parking.

Next Test

I’ve rebooked my test. It’s a big change; I’ve had to book the test for a birmingham test centre at the end of May. The next test available in my current centre is the middle of May and I’m moving in the middle of April. I can’t come back for lessons for a month, it’s not practical. Plus…I need to learn to drive around the city, pointless passing and then being too afraid to drive where I live.

I will phone daily for cancellations in the meantime, just in case I drop lucky at this centre before I move. It still seems so far down my list of priorities that I worry I’m wasting my money. Truthfully it’s extremely important for both me and my family that I pass. I need to refocus.

Failed Again - and now it gets complicated

K so I failed again. dumb dumb. Never mind.

Trouble is, now, I’m moving in 4 weeks, 90 miles away. I checked to rebook my test and there’s an 8 week test list at this centre. I can’t come back for weekly lessons and the test for four weeks. One or two maybe but not a month. Sooooo….I’ve booked my test for 8 weeks time, in my new location. I’ve booked a first lesson with the new instructor for the week after we move. I’m going to carry on taking my weekly lesson here. I’ll also phone the DSA every morning to check for cancellations HERE. You never know I may be able to sneak another test in before I move away. I’m not holding my breath though (perhaps I should have done that one one of my manouvres this morning).

Ugh I hate driving.

Test again tomorrow

I have my third driving test in the morning 8.40 am. My driving instructor is picking me up at 7.45 which means I need to be up and about around 6am.

I still have greater woes on my mind. Not the least of which is that my dog ate my son’s coursework last night. It’s not that he hasn’t been warned, it’s not like he doesn’t accept that perhaps he’s not walking the dog to his greatest potential and that perhaps the dog may be a tad bored. I think the most fabulous thing about the whole drama is that one of my children can finally go to his tutor and say, with no tongue in his cheek, ‘my dog ate my homework sir’.

If I fail my driving test tomorrow do you think I could use the same excuse?

Here we go again

Driving Test next week. I’m hardly focussed, my life is a bit of a car crash right now. I haven’t driven for over a week, my instructor has more holidays than Thomas Cook. He’s a very good driving instructor, just likes his holidays.

I have to say I’m not arsed if I pass or not right now. I have yet another six weeks in wales, I could probably take it again in that time. Don’t think I’m negative about my ability to pass, I just don’t have this as a priority in my life this week.


Replaying the test

I didn’t really feel it had a point but we drove the circuit that I took on my failed test. I only had 3 minors round the circuit, having managed to fail the test entirely before leaving the test centre. yep.

Anyway I managed to convince my driving instructor that it was really ok. It wasn’t his fault, I can drive and next time I’ll make sure I take four deep breaths instead of three.

Retest is booked

Never one to let the grass grow under my feet I booked the retest a few hours after my stupid mistake and subsequent failure.

My new test date: 12 March 2008

I can pass my test. I can pass my test. I can pass my test.

Pick Yourself Up...Dust Yourself Off...

..and start all over again.

I failed. Bumface. I failed immediately I started the car, thereafter I made 3 minor mistakes (12 allowed) but the initial mistake was sufficiently bad to make the rest irrelevant.

He said that if I hadn’t have let the nerves get the better of me in the first few seconds, during a bay park at the test centre, I would have passed easily. Bumface.


Well, all I have to say is this:

I can pass my test. I can pass my test. I can pass my test.

oh and this:

I’m nervous.

Last Lesson

Tomorrow I have my final lesson before my test. This is my second test. My first took place just over 17 years ago. I was 35 weeks pregnant at the time and failed for driving too cautiously – who could blame me. Anyway, all those years, complete with serious accident and financial constaint, are now passed and here I am ready and able. If I fail on Thursday I’ll be disappointed for sure, not because I want or need to drive, although I can say that both of those statements apply, but because I believe I am capable of driving well and safely. So I’m not going to think about failure, that’s for another day, failure. When I pass I’m not even going to break my diet to celebrate. I’m just going to feel pleased. Very pleased.

Mirror. Signal. Manouvre.

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