Thursday, 29 September 2016

Back Behind The Wheel

It's been a long time coming but today I find myself back behind the wheel of a car. After having no success attempting to get involved with a private driving instructor I decided to just give up and go with a proper driving school. It's more expensive but I'm guaranteed to have a quality instructor who I can actually stay in touch with. I've had two driving instructors in the past two years; both of whom only gave me one lesson because they just disappeared on me. I've also had three or four prospective instructors who didn't even stay in contact long enough for me to even set up that first lesson.
I decided to go with RED, who taught my boss. 
The downside is that this extra expense is really expensive. One thing about RED is that they only offer two hour lessons. Which means that my lessons will cost me about twice as much as I thought they would. I suppose the upside is that I'll be passing my test faster. I'm just going to be pretty poor for the next three to four months. There is an upside to that too though.

See, it takes around 66 days for something to become a habit. If I can get out of the habit of buying food because I need to save up for my driving lessons instead, and I can get used to setting aside the £200-ish a month these lessons will cost me, I'll come out of this with a driving license and I'll be in the habit of saving a shit load of money. That would be nice.

Assuming I survive I'll tell y'all about how the lesson went some time.


  1. Sounds like a plan, you learn to drive and become temporarily poor so you can't afford comfort foods. Everyone's a winner!

    BTW, it'll be a driving licence not license. :D

  2. Good luck with your driving lessons! It's a very worthy goal and will be worth the sacrifice.

  3. This is a good thing Mark, go for it!

  4. Good luck Mark, still can't drive myself!

  5. The 66 days sound rather arbitrary, I'd say it depends heavily on what the thing becoming a habit is. For something as different from your regular actions as changing the way you purchase and consume, two months sounds about right. Remember to stick to it though, no excuses!


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