passing the driving third time

I passed my driving test last Monday. And like the title suggests it took me 3 times to do it. Does that make me a bad driver? Does it indicate that I can’t drive at all? Did you see what I did there? Indicate.. Haha car joke. Anyway the answer to those questions is no. It definitely does not make me a bad driver. And if you too take multiple times to pass it simply does not make you a bad driver either. I wanted to write this post to discuss my experience with learning to drive and the actual test. To tell you that it is alright to take your time at it. And even if you fail once or twice to not give up, you will get it in the end.

First driving lesson

Firstly I started learning to drive in November of 2016, at this time I was 19. Yes I did put it off for 2 years. I was living in a place where public transport was easily accessed. And I just didn’t see the point in me needing to drive. But when my family decided to move to the countryside, I felt like I had to learn then. I bit the bullet and actually started to learn during my gap year! I had a pretty stressful and hectic year in 2016 so I didn’t want to jump into university life after all I went through. I told my parents I was taking a gap year to learn and grow as myself. But that can wait for another post. Learning to drive was a big part of that gap year. And although there were times when I thought I would never pass. My driving instructor never gave up on me & here I am today, finally a driver.

driving report and cerfiticate

Being new to the area; it took me a while to understand the roads. Along with everything else relating to driving because I did know absolutely nothing about cars or even how to start one. So I was really starting with nothing. Although I was nervous about being trusted on the road in a vehicle. I soon learnt that it was probably not a good idea to be so nervous about being behind the wheel. You got to trust your driving and of course the person who is being patient trying to teach you the ropes. My driving instructor was like a saint being patient with me for the whole 8 months.

From November through to April I was taking it easy with lessons and not really having a deadline except for passing before I go to university in September. Then one day my instructor says she had a deadline for me & that we would be ready for it. That deadline was the 19th of June, and of course you know that deadline was a fail. I failed on that occasion. Due to not being able to slow down quick enough when a car drove out onto my side of the road forcing oncoming traffic to slow down. And let me swerve pass that car. Which I knew when it happened I had failed and it kind of threw me off.

Multiple tests

car keys

But I wasn’t going to give up, my instructor went back into the test office and booked me in for another test date. This time I was determined to pass the test. So 3 weeks later the test date arrived and for some reason I was more nervous than ever before. Maybe it was because I didn’t want to fail again. Getting back in the car with another stranger who is sitting there judging me on every little thing I do.

I’m sure anyone would feel nervous about the situation, especially when that someone suffers with anxiety, it makes everything 10 times harder. I failed again and it was caused by those anxious feelings, this time I said I wasn’t going to try again. Because every time a little thing goes wrong it causes me to fail. I felt like I was being shown a sign that I wasn’t meant to drive or even just not meant to pass the test. My instructor said she wasn’t going to let me give up on myself. She had the faith in me that I lost after that second time failing.

If she didn’t have that faith in my abilities I wouldn’t be sat here today writing this. I passed my driving test on the 31st July all thanks to that woman who taught me for the last 8 months. As cliché as it sounds I wouldn’t have done it without her, but it is completely true. I thank her so much for everything! If you are in the Armagh / Newry areas you should definitely contact Beverley Powell on Facebook, she is an amazing driving instructor.

mini car keys

My last message for today is if you are like me and have failed your test multiple times. Do not give up on yourself have faith and trust that you can actually do it. If someone who has been driving for years thinks your ready, then heck you are ready! Believe in yourself and you will do it! And this goes for anything in your life, never give up.



  1. Laura
    August 7, 2017 / 3:56 PM

    I’m so happy for you!! Congrats!! x
    Lauraconteur ♥

  2. August 7, 2017 / 5:04 PM

    Great post. Congratulations on passing.

  3. August 7, 2017 / 7:44 PM

    Great post. and a big congratulations on passing your test it doesn’t matter how many times you tried in the end you did it. I started learning last year but took some time off but hopefully I can get back to lessons when my confidence grows a little.

  4. August 8, 2017 / 10:05 AM

    Aw congratulations! It’s so exciting when you do pass, i passed on my third time too and this post brought back all the feelings haha. But it’s such a nice post and i hope it helps others to continue!

  5. August 8, 2017 / 2:48 PM

    Congratulations on passing hun! It’s sooo good you stuck to it and made sure to keep going 🙂 I’ll be going for mine hopefully soon & I can’t wait.

    Jordanne ||

  6. August 8, 2017 / 2:50 PM

    Congratulations on passing your driving test

    • Erla Frazer
      August 11, 2017 / 4:36 PM

      Congratulations on passing your test..yes i do know that lady Beverley Powell and yes she is a great person all round

  7. January 10, 2018 / 6:38 PM

    This is very belated now but congrats! I’m on attempt number 5 due to my anxiety, I’m hoping to get it this time! It’s not until the end of Feb so I have a bit of time. I’ve been learning for over a year so I know I can do it but you let anxiety get in the way and it completely messes you up doesn’t it! I’m trying not to let it get to me – some people need multiple tries, I’d rather do it 10 times and know I’m a great driver than have done it first time and not been confident enough in myself to feel safe driving independently.

    Great post, and a topic so many people are ashamed to speak about – I’m glad you did! 🙂

  8. January 10, 2018 / 6:58 PM

    Congrats girl! Amazing achievement, see I suffer from mild anxiety too and I’m dyspraxic (learning difficulty relating to the body) so I struggled so badly I ended up switching to automatic after nearly 30 hours of getting nowhere in manual. For me it was a life-saver, I had people take the piss but in my head and heart I know I worked hard for it and I’m glad I can drive now <3 I’m sure it’s exactly the same for you, three times doesn’t make you a bad driver at all, if anything you’ll be better as you’ve shown your resilient and had many challenging situations <3

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