My difficulty with driving
This is not a topic people seem to talk about widely; you might hear of people passing their theory or practical test but people seem to steer clear from mentioning failure or difficulties. Many people seem to think they will get ridiculed if they do not pass their driving test first time which I think is ludicrous. Similarly to anything in life everyone will have some sort of difficulty with driving whether they want to admit it or not; it is a new skill and new skills take time to cultivate. Some people take more time to learn than others and that is ok because everyone has different strengths and weaknesses.
I most definitely did not take to driving like a duck to water (as some might try and make out). I am naturally a cautious person so it took a long time for me to feel like I knew what I was doing. I am also a perfectionist which doesn’t always combine well with driving, no one drives perfectly, you have to try to drive as well as you can which for a long time made me extremely anxious.
My main hatred when it comes to driving is roundabouts (I realise I am not alone as many of my friends have the same anxiety), I hate the uncertainty of not knowing what other cars are going to do and making sure it is safe to go when the contents of the M6 seem to be ahead of you. I used to have nightmares involving cars coming out of nowhere and hitting me on a roundabout. This is still something I struggle with but it is getting a lot better; the only way I have improved is going on roads which seem to have endless roundabouts although it gave me crippling anxiety, it is the best practise.Thanks have to go to my dad for being so patient with me and helping me to learn so much already! I am also not the biggest fan of manoeuvres (who is quite frankly) but I have improved immensely as I got more confident in balancing the clutch and accelerator which does just take time and practise.
I am still learning to drive and will hopefully be booking my practical test (when they decide to release new dates, any time soon?). I hope this has been reassuring to some of you and good luck with your driving endeavours!