Throw Back Thursday: Learning to drive.

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.

Photo by Pixabay on

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.

I got there in the end 💜

21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ritu
    Aug 26, 2021 @ 15:50:32

    I was a 4th time lucky passer, Sis!


  2. Maggie
    Aug 26, 2021 @ 15:59:58

    Great story, Willow. Many of our rules are dictated by each individual state. I am glad you stuck with it and got your license. It is a huge part of feeling independent. I have missed it at times of illness when unable to drive.


    • willowdot21
      Aug 26, 2021 @ 16:05:01

      Your right Maggie it’s a great boon and I really missed it both times I broke my back. I always drove a manual but since breaking my back the second time I now drive an automatic …great cars 💜🙂


  3. Sadje
    Aug 26, 2021 @ 16:01:43

    A worthwhile struggle. 👍👏👏👏


  4. Jasrameshen
    Aug 26, 2021 @ 16:05:11



  5. lssattitudeofgratitude
    Aug 26, 2021 @ 17:02:09

    So glad you stuck with it. There is little to no public transport here so a car is necessary. I failed my first test. It was practice to flunk all new drivers the first time. I believe I was dinged for not using arm signals as well as the turn indicators. It was no worries because a few weeks later I passed.


  6. cordeliasmom2012
    Aug 27, 2021 @ 14:54:10

    We had driver’s ed in school when It was my turn to learn driving, but by the time my kids were old enough that course had been deleted from the curriculum. My husband taught the girls to drive but somehow failed to teach them how to go in reverse, so that became my job. I would take them to the local college and have them drive in reverse in circles and around stanchions in the parking lot. One kid loved it so much, she wanted to keep doing it even when it became obvious I was starting to suffer from motion sickness. She was all “Wheeee, this is fun!” while I was all “Um, you can stop now, Sweetie.”


  7. TanGental
    Aug 30, 2021 @ 10:55:18

    I was 25 when I got round to lessons, blew the first attempt and scraped the second. The delight of that first trip to Sainsburys with no tube home will stay with me.


  8. Alison
    Sep 12, 2021 @ 06:49:55

    What an achievement ..well done


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