A few months ago, I got my UK driving licence. Up until then I was driving with my international licence, however since I gained my UK residency I had to change to a full UK licence within a year. I got my green provisional licence first. When you have your provisional licence you can drive as long as there is someone in the car with you that has a full UK licence for more than 3 years.

The licence here in the UK is like credit card and has your picture on it too!  I had to do the theory test, hazard perception test and practical test again! You may think this is easy, but imagine not knowing the language very well and then having to do a test…it was a little nerve-racking! UK is more advanced as both the theory and hazard perceptions tests are done on the computer. If you’re disabled you need to advise the test centre before hand so that they can make the necessary arrangements.

So if you pass the theory and the hazard perception test, its time for the practical, don’t forget that here in the UK we drive on the right!!! I did the test in my own car, which was already adapted for me. Of course I passed my test, and am now the proud owner of a pink UK full licence! J

I’ve been driving for a while, I have travelled outside of London but I had never been alone. Yesterdays trip to Stoke Mandeville was the first time I went decided to brave it and go on my own! Not only was I going alone, but it had also been snowing a couple of days before and I was worried about the conditions of the road. I kept thinking what if something happens? I’ve got no one to rescue me! I know I should have done this a lot sooner, and that I shouldn’t really depend too much on other people, but I guess I was a little apprehensive. To be afraid is normal, especially when you’re doing something for the first time! There are always excuses to be made. But, on the other hand there is also an adrenaline rush, which pushes you to go for it!

Anyway, when I had the car keys in my hand, this is when it all hit me. I was free and independent! Not only this, but I also had the control to do exactly what I wanted, this in turn made me feel more relaxed and powerful! Because I was in the ‘driving seat’! I blasted the music up and began singing to all my favourite tunes!

Although the roads were clear in London as I entered Stoke the countryside was picturesque, the snow covering the green grass and the trees, made it a great setting for a fairy tale. It was beautiful! I would have taken a picture but I’m not superwoman I can’t drive and take pictures, so you’re just going to have to imagine it! After this trip, I feel like the world is my oyster, I can go wherever I want! I just wanted to share with you the feelings I had on my first adventure alone!

I guess the moral of the story is – To be afraid is normal but to face your fears is what sets you apart from the rest!

Love Sam x

My adventure to Stoke Mandeville…

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  • February 7, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    well done next time go skiing to


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