Thursday, 5 October 2017

Making a Tough Choice

I've come to the conclusion that I need to stop taking driving lessons. The simple fact of the matter is that I just can't afford them anymore. I have a test in a few weeks and I'll be lucky if I have another lesson before then. With Christmas coming up I'll have even less money to be playing around with. It's a difficult decision to make because I am at test standard. I should have already passed my test but I made some small mistakes on the test day. I needed to be a good driver for an hour and I managed to botch it, despite being an excellent driver for 2 hours during lessons.

I've decided that win or lose, my next test will be my last one. For a while anyway. I'm going to spend a few months sorting out my finances. Paying off some debts and preparing for tax season. It sounds a while away (6 months here) but I do need to set money aside ready to pay off those damnable investments in social programs and the royal family called taxes. I'm beginning to see why you Americans had a revolution over them. Then you went and accepted them again. Go figure.

My plan is a simple one. Should I happen to fail my test I will stop with the lessons until around April. When my taxes are safely paid off I'll buy 10 hours of driving instruction. If I do it all in one big chunk like that I won't need to worry about paying again. I'll have five driving lessons and learn the ropes of the new style of driving test (the driving test changes in December) and then I'll pass my test.

The only problem I have right now is bringing this up with my dad. I want to ask him to pay for my next driving lesson because it's likely the only way I'll afford one. But I hate asking the big guy for money. Everyone else always takes his money and I pride myself on being one of the few people to give him money, rather than take it away.


  1. Yeah, it's tough how unforgiving the exams can be. Understandable, but tough. Adding financial pressure to that stress to impress probably isn't helping performance, so postponing it all seems like a good call.

  2. Decisions, decisions. If it was me I would just skip the driving lesson and pray I passed, but that's just me. Good luck in any event.

  3. You'll still have a student driver licence though, right? Maybe what would help you is not necessarily more lessons, but more practice. Could your Dad or another licenced driver you know accompany you every day for a practice drive? That wouldn't cost anything except for car insurance and gas.

    1. Car insurance is likely to be thousands for a learner driver. It's cheaper to have the professional lessons.

    2. Thousands? Okay then. Holy moly! We bitch in Canada if our auto insurance is in the hundreds.

  4. I just wish you the best. Don't give up.

  5. I'm glad I'm on PAYE! Take your time with the driving, you'll get there in the end.


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