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AlifehackonhowtoavoidtheUKdrivingtestwaitingtimes

A life hack on how to avoid the UK driving test waiting times

My UK Driving Test journey

Like many of you, passing my driving test is one of the most important things I wanted to do before going into "the real world" of life after finishing University. There's one issue: I'm certainly not a natural behind the wheel - and what's even harder is that British people only really drive manual cars... Don't ask me why.

After 40 hours worth of lessons, my driving instructor still claimed I wasn't ready for my test. See, if I were back home in California - I would have passed after.... maybe 10 hours? TOPS. Now, whether the driving instructor was milking my money or if I'm just an absolutely shocking driver I don't know. All I know is, to anyone who's thinking about moving to the UK - be prepared for a near hell experience with your driving lessons and driving test. I genuinely found my PhD in Biology less challenging. It's ridiculous.

Now, here’s to the worst bit: The big day. The test took 60! YES, 60 MINUTES. WHY? Again, I don’t know. But… what’s worse is. IT TOOK ME FOUR ATTEMPTS. AHHHHHH. Why me? The current waiting times for driving tests in the UK are truly barbaric, too. Up to four months they expect you to wait. Yep, four months. Now, if it wasn’t for the service I found which finds driving test cancellations - I probably would have been waiting for mhmmm, maybe over a year? Luckily they were able to find me 4 tests in no time… and finally!!!


WOOOOOOO I PASSED

Finally, I passed. Phew. I then went on CompareTheMarket (purely because of their awesome adverts) to find insurance. Once I saw the prices, I kind of lost the will to live. I’ve been offered a job 45 minutes away from my parent’s house in the US. So this may all be pointless.  Can anyone else share their experiences with the UK driving test?  


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