Driver Hub  Learning to drive  Real life learner stories   The realisation that not everyone is a perfect driver

The realisation that not everyone is a perfect driver

Bobby Hopkinson profile

Bobby Hopkinson

August 24, 2016

Learning to drive 2 min read

I have just got back from a family holiday in Italy which was great fun, and a little too heavy on the pizza but I am not complaining. In fact my only complaint would be the mad driving that I witnessed – the drivers over there literally have no fear, the feeling of fear is left for the pedestrians trying to dodge moving cars! We spent a few days in Rome and the roads seemed lawless. People swerved in and out of lanes, there was no indicating and many cars didn’t even have wing-mirrors, I am guessing they have been knocked off! It made me feel grateful that I am learning to drive in a quiet town in sleepy Suffolk!

Since learning to drive I have become really aware of other people’s driving and I notice myself checking when the driver changes gear, presses down the clutch and checks their mirrors – in fact I notice so-called ‘experienced’ drivers really don’t check their mirrors as much as I am instructed to – I won’t name names…Mum, Dad, Charlie. I guess you become complacent but that doesn’t seem too safe to me. I am hoping I don’t pick up too many bad habits when I get my license. As I mentioned in my first blog, I want to get my license so I can take my girlfriend Katie on road trips, so driving well, not looking like an idiot and making her feel safe is all really important to me.

Getting back into my lessons and preparing for my theory test


After a few weeks of just observing (bad!) driving I am looking forward to my next lesson and getting behind the wheel again. I guess I am also a little nervous too though. I was progressing pretty well with my manoeuvres and getting the clutch control tight and after a few weeks off I hope I haven’t forgotten it all! I will obviously keep you all posted…

Also, I am going to have to face my theory test soon. I have been putting it off but I know I need to crack on and get it booked. I think I am more worried about that side of the test than the practical – it’s too much like school work I think!!

Learner driver Bobby standing outside of Roman Colosseum

Here’s me outside the colosseum in Rome!

Bobby Hopkinson profile

By Bobby Hopkinson

'My name is Bobby I am 18, I passed my text just before my 18th birthday. I am still in sixth form and enjoying the new found freedom of driving myself to my girlfriends house, the rugby club and the gym!'  See more posts by Bobby

Share this article

Ariel shot of yellow car
News 6 min read

10 of the world's most bizarre driving laws

Holly West-Robinson profile

Holly West-Robinson

September 13, 2017

The laws in some countries do make you wonder what an earth they were thinking when they came up with such unusual motoring regulations!Read more

Car with full beam lights on
Owning a car 3 min read

How to replace a headlight bulb

Chloe Martell profile

Chloe Martell

November 27, 2018

You’re driving along, and you realise your headlight has gone – damn! So what do you do? Pay over the odds for a garage to fix it? Call your Mum in a panic? You could…Read more

Young girls jumping on beach free for summer
News 9 min read

Get set for a summer of freedom!

Chloe Martell profile

Chloe Martell

June 24, 2019

Nothing beats the feeling of summer – when the shackles of school, uni or work are cast aside; possibilities are endless, and the world (or at least the country) is your oyster. 56% of you…Read more