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Third time lucky

Today is a great day: It’s 40 years since man first set foot on the Moon, and I finally passed my driving test!

It was my third attempt: The first time I overlooked an unmarked junction, and the second time I was being so careful not to do the same again that I failed for being excessively cautious.

But today everything went smoothly – I only picked up two driving faults, which is really good (you’re allowed up to 14 if I remember correctly).

Some of my Danish friends have commented that it must be hard learning to drive on the left, but it actually was surprisingly easy, but then I’ve lived here for more than seven years now. It probably would have been much harder if I had tried to pass it just after moving to Scotland.

Now I have to learn motorway driving (you’re not allowed near a motorway until you pass the test), and driving on the right next time we’re on the continent.

3 thoughts on “Third time lucky

  • I’m not convinced you didn’t fail the 2nd time because (3 weeks ago) it was the hottest day of the year and the nippy wee redhead who was examining you didn’t really want to be sitting in rushhour traffic in a sweltering car with her last test of the day, when she could have been home in her garden with a nice glass of beer!

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  • I never did see the logic of not being allowed onto motorways until you pass your test. The sensible advice now is to take a couple of motorway sessions with your instructor or a member of your family with strong nerves after you pass. 24 years ago as a bold 18 year old I jumped in the car and drove along the M8 to Edinburgh (might have been the dark side of the moon for all I knew)in freezing fog the day after passing my test. Stupid now when I think back.


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