Now let me tell you it is hard enough learning the road rules without having to learn how to use gears and a clutch as well!

I feel like when you turn 16 there are 2 groups of people when going for your learners. There is the group that counts down the days till they can get it and there is the group that waits and procrastinates over getting it. I was in the second group, I waited at least 4 months after turning 16 to get my learners.

At the time I was scared, I was scared of failing and now that I have completed it I can say that I was silly for thinking like that. Getting your learners is nothing to be afraid of. If you read the road code and do the practice tests you will pass no biggie.

Now comes the hard part, actually driving. You are given a minimum of 6 months until you can get your restricted. When I first got my learners it took me awhile to actually feel comfortable with driving and wanting to go out and actually drive.

I was scared again because I couldn’t clasp the concept of driving a manual and this caused me to think that I couldn’t do it. The thing that really helped me overcome this feeling was having driving lessons. This was because when you have these lessons they are teaching you everything you need to know and once you know everything it is just about practice, practice, practice.

Another tip I have for learners is just have confidence. Have confidence in yourself and your driving and you will start to believe that you can do it.

Then the scared feeling came back again because it was time to go for my restricted. I ended up waiting around 7 months to get mine.

I actually failed my licence the first time and this absolutely shattered me but I want people to know that it’s not the end of the world. At the time it felt like it was but in actual fact if we don’t have these set backs every now and again it wouldn’t be good for us. So I booked it again and passed with flying colours, when you are told that you have passed it is honestly the best feeling in the world because all of your hard work has paid off.

Currently I am basking in the freedom of having my licence and it is the best feeling ever.

For the people reading this that are going for their learners or their restricted, the main tips I have for you are, don’t stress; take your time to get your licence, you don’t have to get it straight away if you don’t want to. But if you’re just putting it off because you’re scared don’t be, it will honestly be fine and finally just be confident, believe in yourself. I hope this helped all of you budding drivers and GOOD LUCK



Nicole Ashby Pic 2Author: Nicole Ashby

Nicole Ashby is currently a Year 12 student at Ellesmere College in Leeston, New Zealand. She has always had an interest in writing in classes at school and in her free time. She enjoys writing about things that matter to people her age that they may not know much about or they want to broaden their knowledge on a certain subject. Nicole enjoys writing about things that matter to her and things that she thinks more people should be aware about. When she was 12 she was one of 5 who won a writing competition in Creme magazine about her experience in the earthquakes. She has written pieces for her local newsletter, The Ellesmere Echo, about school events and this year she has taken on the task of being the editor of her school magazine. She also has an interest for design and creating magazine covers and spreads. Nicole looks forward to expanding her writing and creating pieces for people to enjoy.


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