06 October 2010

Nervous Nellie Gets A Drivers License, Part 1

Posted by Happy Homemaker UK

Remember when Nervous Nellie went to France through the Chunnel? Well, I'm she's back! and now needing to start the process of getting herself a UK driver's license.

So I have less than one year to complete two written tests and a practical driving exam with an official-type. If I get caught driving without a license after my year is up, they will impound my car and leave me in my bunny slippers on the side of the road. So harsh!

And knowing the test only has a 43% pass rate, I feel 16 again and just as nervous - but I'm not gonna wear my braces and headgear this time!

To prepare like most driving expats, I'll need to invest in a CD-ROM program that will teach me the rules of the road (I've just been guessing so far) and 5-6 hours of driving school.

Interestingly, Barry (who all the expats use) will sit in the car with me during my crash driving test - not only to hold the vomit bag for me (or for the officer if need be), but also to properly introduce me to the officer. Isn't that adorable?! 

Why be nervous? Hmm, here's an example...

Looks like an innocent street

But wait, what's that?

'This Side'?! The street has a different name 
depending which direction you are driving?!

Now wait a minute! You can't do that!

So I've already picked out my cute little outfit for 'the big day'. I put my Starbucks order on my shirt, in case my bundle of nerves runs away with my memory.

I will keep you posted on my driving licensing progress (liquor license too, perhaps). Hopefully Mr Official Man doesn't read my driving blog post before the test :)

TShirt sold by Zazzle
TShirt Image by HipMomsWhoWork

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Laura + Nervous Nellie


fairchildstreet said...

Cute T-Shirt. Good luck with the licence. I imagine London is super busy. Charmaine

Laura said...

Seriously... I would hate taking my test in London... luckily I passed in the sticks up north and then moved to the big smoke... and let me tell you, it was a steep learning curve! You'll be fine though... I'm still trying to work out jug handles here in New Jersey and I even made it into NYC... just the once though! Lx

Natasha said...

I have heard all about the London Cabbies having to take the "Knowledge" test and it sounds nightmarish! Good luck with getting your license!

Love your blog too! I look forward to visiting again soon.

Best wishes,

Daydream Living said...

Hi Laura!
I would be nervous too if it means driving on the left side... I was in London in the Spring and couldn't figure out how to cross the road...
Have a good night!

Privet and Holly said...

This really
made me smile,
because while
I've often dreamed
of living in
London, I never
considered the
such as applying
for a license.
I have a feeling
you are an over-
achiever and will
do GREAT!!!
xx Suzanne

ladyliberty said...

I can absolutely relate to being a nervous driver. I was an absolute basket case when learning to drive, but managed to pass first time with only three minor faults (miracle!). That being said, I live in Surrey not London so was at an advantage for sure. You're a brave ex-pat learning to drive in London! May the force be with you :) Good luck.

allycupe said...

Love love LOVE the tshirt! Here's a little strange fact for you. I don't have to take the test at all! Apparently Canadians can drive on their license but if I want I can go in a exchange it for a UK one with NO TEST. I only need to take a test if I want a 'manual' license. I think I'll just buy an automatic!