Learning to drive: my first car

Following on from her previous blog posts Learning to drive: a personal account, Learning to drive: taking my theory test, Learning to drive: lead up to my test, Learning to drive: Taking my driving test and Learning to drive: Buying my first car. Tanesha talks about her experiences when she bought her first car.

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Buying a car is an important decision; it’s an expensive purchase and one you’re probably going to heavily rely on. What car you decide to buy is a personal choice, there’s no right or wrong answer so coming to a final decision can seem daunting.

As previously mentioned in my last post I had already decided to buy a used car; I came to this decision because of price and personal choice. To find my ideal car I looked around a lot of dealerships, buying a car is a big commitment and I didn’t want to choose the wrong one.

I know hardly anything about cars so working out what cars I actually liked was difficult. I didn’t want to look completely silly when I went into some car dealerships so I took my partner along to help me and did a lot or research online beforehand!

Buying my first car

After visiting a few dealerships and not feeling certain about any of the cars I had looked at I finally found one I knew I liked; a 2005 Citroen C3 in light blue. It’s just the right size, has 5 doors, a small engine and was the perfect price; exactly what I needed. I bought the car from Perrys Vauxhall of Doncaster and was excited to finally have my first car.

Here is a quick video guide to buying your own car


Driving a new car for the first time

My excitement soon disappeared when I realised I would actually have to drive the car; driving a new car for the first time is scary, especially when you have little driving experience. According to Confused women are less confident drivers than men so maybe I’m not alone in my lack of confidence.

My first experience driving my new car was in rush hour traffic coming home from work. I drove home slowly trying to get used to the cars clutch while desperately trying not to stall. As you can imagine there was a lot of angry people behind me desperate to get home from work.

Before you drive your car for the first time it’s a good idea to make sure you know where everything is and make sure you can use all of the essential features like lights and windscreen wipers. The last thing you want is to be in a panic trying to find out how to turn your wipers on while it’s pouring down with rain and you’re stuck in a queue of traffic; trust me I know.

If you’re especially nervous like I was get someone you’re comfortably with to sit in the car with you for your first drive. It helps if they are an experienced driver as they might be able to offer you tips and pointers throughout the journey to help you improve.

After a week of driving I would love to say that I now love it and can confidently get into my car and drive but the truth is I don’t. Driving still scares me and I get shaky leg syndrome every time I get into the car. I know I’m not alone here, a lot of people I have spoken too admitted that their legs used to shake from nerves every time they got into the car when they first passed.

I think I’ve stalled more times in my new car then I did learning to drive, I once even stalled in the middle of a roundabout! I like to think that my driving will continue to improve and that one day (hopefully in the not so distant future) I’ll be a confident driver.

First cars are exciting so remember to enjoy your car; I’m trying to learn to enjoy driving mine.

If you’re a nervous driver like me the AA do a free Drive Confidence Course, you can book yours here

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