Put on your driving shoes...

24 November 2009

Shoes to drive in, by Marais USA

You might have realised from some previous posts that my driving test has been stressing me out.  However, today I managed to pass with 6 minors!  To cut a long story short, I've been learning for three years (with maybe one of those years being a gap due to going to University and generally losing confidence) and had three different instructors.  The first instructor actually abandoned me and told me I wasn't progressing enough (steering did confuse me at first) and suggested that I start to use an automatic car.  It took a few months to find my second instructor, who gradually filled me with more and more confidence and helped me to progress a lot faster and to understand driving a bit more.  I still had a long way to go, but I was starting to get better...

Is it possible to drive in these?  I'm sure I'll try at some point...

In my second year at Uni, I was determined to keep going and found another instructor to help me drive in the tricky area of Nottingham.  This was worth doing, as I eventually got test ready (and perhaps drove a bit more like a man) but alas, my first test was cancelled a few days before the end of the summer term.  This meant I had to go back to instructor number two and get used to the test area again (and her very specific way of doing manoeuvres).  I also had a ticking clock situation, as I knew I was moving to New York for 7 months from late December  and didn't want to lose the momentum.  So I started my tests; as you know I failed the first and second (plus there was a cancelled one in between), but I actually failed a third test on the 9th, which I decided to keep secret from here, Twitter and Facebook.  I was pretty sad, but knew I had to re-group and focus on the next test, always with the ticking clock situation in the back of my mind.

Tods shoes, yum, yum

Reasons I may have passed fourth time:
  1. I'm now a better driver, after using the extra lessons to finally master tricky hill starts and reversing around the corner.
  2. Colour Therapy; I was wearing a green cardigan, white top and red tights underneath my jeans.  Apparently these are good colours to wear when having a driving test, though not what I would normally sport on a daily basis.
  3. Jedward got voted out of the X factor.  This won't make a lot of sense to non-UKers, but I'd started to liken my failed driving tests to Jedward constantly surviving against the better singers in the competition. Now they're out, I was able to pass.
  4. I kept my test date a secret from everyone, apart from work and my instructor, meaning that I had no pressure.  
  5. The examiner was really nice, when he asked what I'd normally be doing today, I said 'Knitting!'  I actually started screaming at him when he said that I'd passed, might have scared him slightly.
  6. Possibly might have overdosed on the Rescue Remedy.

Broguey loving, by NW 3 at Hobbs

I know this post is a bit random, but I've wanted to write it for ages!  I guess it shows that you should never give up on achieving what you want to, as seeing a lot of younger drivers got me down.  I know there's going to be more challenges for me to face in life (hello graduate collection) but after this, I feel I can cope with anything.  If any of you have failed a few times or are yet to start learning, then I'd definitely recommend that you persevere. After all, if I can do it, after three years, three different instructors, three Mulberry bag's worth of lessons and four tests, then so can you!

Now I'm a lot less stressed, I can focus on sorting my life out before I move away!  I will be finishing off a more fashion-related post soon, and figuring out my outfit for the latest Aussie-related challenge.  It's going to be a good week....

P.S This was also my 100th post, what a wonderful way to do it!

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  1. Tod's shoes to drive! I love it, it's so "La Dolce Vita"...


  2. I like the tod's best! nice post!

  3. Love the DocMartins. Congrats on passing and reaching 100 posts. x

  4. Congratulations on passing! I gave up learning to drive last year after (embarassingly) failing my theory! Don't worry about younger drivers, I think it's definitely something you have to do in your own time; I realise now that I only really started lessons because all my friends had passed! It's something I'll go back to when the time is right for me.

  5. congratulations! some of the best drivers only pass after a few tests so it means you actually know what youre doing as oppose to someone like mt auntie who said she drove so badly on her driving test that no way should she have passed but she was 9 months pregnant so the guy felt sorry for her and let her pass! this was like fifteen years ago and she still cant park properly!
    i think the doc martens would be great to drive in but the brougues would be soo comfortable to drive in. anyway you just passed youre driving test so definitely treat yourself to some expensive shoes which you can call youre driving shoes! that sounds very posh to have driving shoes! x

  6. Congratulations! It's one of the best feelings in the world isn't it? I too told no one that I was taking my test (apart from my parents)

  7. I saw 4th time's the charm? :) Congrats! But they say nobody drives in NY. :D


  8. The test i passed was the one i didn't tell anyone about. Such a weight off!

    Congrats hun - love the first set of shoes as well!

  9. Congratulations! its such a relief to pass isn't it!? all the best drivers take more than one go to pass...i passed on my second try & i was definitely a better driver for it! think i might be having some refresher lessons soon as i haven't driven in about six years, should be interesting haha.

    congrats on the 100th post too! & love those brogues :)

  10. Huge congrats on passing m'dear! xx

  11. Congrats on passing! I passed on my fourth time too - I kept getting nervous and making such stupid mistakes.

    I just wanted to say that I went on the New Look TV homepage (they've just changed my episode with the correct blog addresses) and saw your video underneath mine, in pride of place :) so congrats! Of course I watched the whole thing through and it was really good!

    See you soon :)

    ♥ Hannah



  12. congratulations!! my friend kept all her tests a secret too, i don't have the balls to even have lessons because it seems like a such a weight to carry! i'm trying to organise coming to the bloggers meet up too!

  13. Love this post, I passed on my third time after learning on and off for two years- was starting to think I was the only one!
    I still love driving in my battered old converse x