If there is one thing that I absolutely adore in life, it is the freedom and ability to be able to jump in the car and head where ever my heart desires and day tripping is definitely one of mine and Paul’s favourite pass times.
I was a latecomer to the whole driving scene, despite being a ‘petrolhead’ from a very young age. As a child I was more likely to be found playing with toy cars, talking about power (you have to say that in a Clarkson-esque way for the full effect) and watching motor racing as opposed to Pop Idol or Hollyoaks.
But living in the big city, attending a Sixth Form in the City Centre and then University there too I never saw the urgency in learning to drive. From where I lived we had fantastic transport links into town and to the local out of town Shopping Centre (gotta love the White Rose Centre). However, aged 20 I took up driving lessons whilst on my placement year at University. I had the disposable income and it felt like the right time.
I loved learning but I just didn’t have the desire to do it and after a few months I stopped my lessons and went back to spending my money on other things such as fancy shoes, bags and of course, nights out.
But as my time as I turned 21 my parents decided it was time that I finally started to stand on my own two feet and in all honesty I think my mum was bored of dropping me at work and booked me enough lessons to get me through my test. Goodbye L-plates, late night taxis home from work and public transport and hello freedom.
These days driving everywhere is second nature. Yes I could walk to the gym from where I live, it would only take 20 minutes but let’s face it, I live in a Pennine town in West Yorkshire and nine times out of ten I would get soaked.
But day tripping is one thing that we wouldn’t be able to do with such ease and spontaneity if at least one of us was able to drive; heading to the coast for a walk on the beach, fish & chips, ice cream and a play in the amusement arcades (because where else would we get rid of all those coppers in our purses).
Whitby is one of my favourite places on the planet and some of my fondest memories involve driving up through the North York Moors, dropping down through the picturesque village of Sleights and parking up on the West Cliff and looking out over the sea.
If anyone out there is thinking about if learning to drive is a good move for them I would say DO IT because the freedom and opportunities it will open up for you is amazing.
This Summer BookLearnPass are asking people to open up about their driving or learning experiences and I’d love to hear about yours too, leave your tales in the comment section below and I’ll catch up with you again soon, until then though x
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