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Passing my theory test was a huge relief

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Chelsey Gibson

May 5, 2016

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Hiya! It’s been a while since my last blog but I can happily confirm that despite how much has been going on during that period of time there were definitely no “Epic Fails” – at least not on my part!

Well, there was one slight, teeny, tiny little fail… the first re-sit of my theory test! I was so devastated especially considering I passed when I first took the test two years ago. I revised so hard and for so long before the test and while I was sitting in the very cramped little booth I thought to myself “I’ve got this”, I felt so confident but then when I came out and was handed that piece of paper I couldn’t believe I’d failed. I was so disappointed! I got 40/50 on my theory questions and 55/75 on my hazard perception. To pass the theory test you need 43/50 on the questions and 44/75 on the hazards. So I was just 3 questions off the pass!!! As soon as I went to re-book my theory (again) and I saw that I’d have to wait a good month to re-sit I knew I could spend so much time revising, this was not going to hold me back any longer.

A pass mark on my theory test paper

They do say a picture speaks 1000 words and I PASSED woo!!! I was so relieved.

Nervous at being back behind the wheel

So the time had come to get back on the road. After struggling to find a new driving instructor as everyone was so busy (I recommended booking well in advance to avoid dissapiontments), one of my closest friends April recommended Alan Summers to me. My first lesson was at 2pm on a Tuesday and after 2 years of not being behind the wheel, I was never going to be full of confidence and was super nervous. As I see the silver Peugeot with L plates coming towards me it started to become very real, Alan was super friendly and helped me a lot with my initial nerves. We first ran through a sight test and a couple of theory questions and he made me feel at ease with the car again. Pulling up to a quiet back road it was then my turn to take the wheel, the first thing I thought was why are my hands so sweaty eww! I can’t lie my first lesson was tough as there was so much that I didn’t remember but as the lesson went on I did feel slightly more confident and real satisfaction pulling outside my house after the lesson was over. I’ve currently only had about 5 hours back driving at the moment, I can’t wait to get my end of year exams out of the way next month so I can set my main focus on passing my test!

Hopefully after a few more lessons I will be able to get a go-pro set up in the car and upload some footage of my driving for you all to see – my phone won’t be within sight, I promise!

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By Chelsey Gibson

'Hi! I'm Chelsey! I started my driving lessons when I turned 17 but failed my first test, so it was two more dreaded years of public transport for me! I'm now ready to get back behind the wheel and re-gain the confidence I once had when I was learning. I can't wait to share my past and future experience with you all, I can't promise it will be a smooth ride but I'll definitely be sharing my enthusiasm in every single one.'  See more posts by Chelsey

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