Lauren and Maggie have come up with is great idea for a new prompt.
Welcome to the first edition of the Throwback Thursday Memory BlogHop where we take on a nostalgic object, event, or memory and blog about it. This week Maggie chose the topic, “learning to drive.”
Let’s see what the law in the UK says.
You can apply for a provisional driving licence when you’re 15 years and 9 months old. You can start driving a car when you’re 17. You can drive a car when you are 16 if you get, or have applied for, the enhanced rate of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP). Personal Independence Payment (PIP) can help you with some of the extra costs if you have a long term physical or mental health condition or disability.
Now neither my mum or dad ever drove or even had a car! It was bike, bus, tube, train or shankses pony for us. We did live in London so it was not too difficult to get about.
I met my husband went I was thirteen and he was driving his dad’s car about when he could borrow it. He was the grand old age of just seventeen. We got married when I was seventeen, 50yrs ago last Saturday. We could not afford for me to learn to drive as the lessons were too expensive on our small budget.
We moved to Devon from London and I managed to walk, bus, train myself around again. After a year or so hubby was transferred back to London so I didn’t even have a car to learn in. ( I had to say behind in Devon because we had to sell our bungalow and find a house)
Back up south at the age of twenty four hubby tried to teach me in our beautiful ford Capri.
Ours was plain beige.
All I can say is it was a disaster. I save up for lessons but I always seemed to get very stressed out before a test.
It took me over ten years and eight failed tests before I passed. By the time I passed it was like magic.. I could do the shopping, no more need to lug it home, no just throw it in the boot. Be taxi driver to the boys, visit family and friends. I tell you all the worry all the embarrassment all the failure was worth it. I never looked back.