It probably won’t come as a shock to you when I say there’s a difference between someone who has been driving for 20 years and someone who has been driving for 5 months. Aside from the obvious road safety and driving experience, we wanted to know what other differences there are between the two! So we thought it would be fun to compare a young driver and an old (ish) driver! Chloe, who has been driving since April this year and Alex, who has been driving since 1994 – answered some questions about driving, and it’s pretty clear we have some different motoring ways!
Do you check the price of fuel?
Younger: Honestly, no. I know I probably should but I just head to the nearest petrol station when the car starts to beep!
Older: I always compare prices and will often drive out of my way to knock a few pence off per litre!
Favourite way to park?
Younger: I always pull forward into a parking space. Reverse parking just seems to take too long! I’d rather just put it in the space and reverse out when I’m done, plus – it’s easier to get to the boot with all of my shopping!
Older: I reverse park wherever possible – I’m not sure if it’s because I’m keen to make a quick getaway, or if it’s an age thing, as I remember when I was a young driver, I did not quite understand why my Dad insisted on reverse parking all the time.
Would you change your own headlight bulb?
Younger: I wouldn’t have the first clue how to do this, so I’d probably just take it to a garage or ask my Dad to do it for me!
Older: I am much more confident now giving these things a go – I’m not sure if this is down to experience, or YouTube…
Do you slow the car down with the gears or with the brake?
Younger: The brake? In my lessons my instructor taught me to only change down gear when I need to, and just press the brake until then! It saves me dropping down each gear and just makes life a whole lot easier really.
Older: I must admit I used to slow down through the gears sometimes when coming to a junction or roundabout – I can’t remember who advised against it some time ago, but I now do it properly and brake to slow down.
Do you overtake on a single lane road?
Younger: No way! I’m far too nervous to do that, and worry that I wouldn’t pick up enough speed in time. Plus, I’m rarely in that much of a rush to get somewhere that quickly where I’d need to.
Older: Yes, if it is safe to do so. I have become much more confident overtaking as I have got older. I think it takes time to really get to know how long and how far it will take you to overtake. When I was younger, I felt similar to Chloe.
Do you know where your locking wheel nut is?
Younger: What’s a locking wheel nut?
Older: I make sure I keep it tucked away in the central console of my car, in case I break down and need to change the wheel – and so I remember where it is when I take my car to get the tyres changed. I’d be stuck if I lost it as neither myself or the mechanic would be able to get the wheel off!
Do you know the Miles per Gallon of your car?
Younger: Nope! Like I said – I fill my car with fuel, and then when it starts to beep (or before I’m heading off on a long journey), I fill it up! I know there are probably ways to make my fuel last longer but as of right now, I don’t have a clue what they are!
Older: Sad as it may be, I love to keep an eye on my average MPG. I challenge myself to drive as efficiently as I can, so I can eek the time between fill-ups as long as possible. There is a display that shows how many miles to “empty”, and it is really satisfying to see the number of miles left going up on a long journey!