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20 Things Nobody Ever Told You About Being A New Driver

You might think your driving licence is your key to freedom, but here is where the test really starts. Buckle up! You're in for a bumpy ride.

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1. Unless you have really generous parents, your first car will probably be an old banger.

Your bank account doesn't care that you've had your eye on that brand new Fiat 500 for months. Once you've paid for your insurance, you'll be lucky to have a penny to your name. It's probably for the best that you start with something old and well looked after. You'd be absolutely heartbroken if (God forbid) you had a bump in a brand new car worth thousands.
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Your bank account doesn't care that you've had your eye on that brand new Fiat 500 for months. Once you've paid for your insurance, you'll be lucky to have a penny to your name. It's probably for the best that you start with something old and well looked after. You'd be absolutely heartbroken if (God forbid) you had a bump in a brand new car worth thousands.

2. Your insurance will cripple you.

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If you didn't already know, insurance companies are the devil! Before you've even made it on to the road, you'll be selling your kidneys to fund your insurance. Even if you're the most sensible driver on the road, because you've just passed your test, you're automatically labelled as a liability. If only you could attend an interview and show them the real you!

3. If you use P plates, people will take advantage of you.

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They'll assume you have no idea what you're doing and try and make your life on the road hell!

4. If you don't use P plates, people will wonder why you're such a terrible driver.

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Of course you're going to make a few mistakes while you're getting to grips with your new car. But if you don't wear P plates, people won't know why you're holding up the traffic. It's a lose-lose situation!

5. Experienced drivers travelling with you will criticise your every movement.

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They'll disguise it as helpful advice, but it's physically killing them not to throw you out of the driver's seat and take over.

6. You'll instantly learn that driving in your car isn't as easy as driving in your instructor's car.

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Their car ran smoothly all the time. Your car sounds as if it might explode ALL THE TIME!

7. If you mess up, you're on your own.

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If you can't figure out why you keep stalling at the traffic lights, it's tough luck. You've just gotta work it out for yourself. Your driving instructor hasn't got your back any more!

8. You'll never know where you're supposed to park.

There are so many rules and every car park is different. Wherever you leave your car, you're probably going to get fined and there's nothing you can do about it. Maybe they'll take pity on you if you have P plates on.
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There are so many rules and every car park is different. Wherever you leave your car, you're probably going to get fined and there's nothing you can do about it. Maybe they'll take pity on you if you have P plates on.

9. Nobody else actually follows the rules of the road.

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You've spent all this time learning how to drive safely and correctly for nothing. People don't follow the rules. They just want to get from A to B as quickly as possible.

10. Every strange noise your car makes will put you into panic mode.

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You'll be triple checking your car every five minutes to make sure everything is still intact.

11. You'll spend all of your spare money on fuel.

Your parents will tell you how cheap petrol used to be when they first started driving, but you don't want to hear it. You weren't even alive thirty years ago, never mind driving. It's just so unfair.
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Your parents will tell you how cheap petrol used to be when they first started driving, but you don't want to hear it. You weren't even alive thirty years ago, never mind driving. It's just so unfair.

12. Your parents will expect you to do their errands for them.

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It's payback for everything they've ever done for you. And you can't possibly say no. Not after your mum drove ten miles into town at 3am to pick you up from a house party that one time.

13. You'll become the designated driver for all social events.

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Especially if most of your other friends can't drive. At first you won't mind, but when it's been six months and you haven't had a penny towards petrol money, you'll get pretty fed up.

14. Getting stuck in traffic will become your worst nightmare.

At least when you were on the bus you could get off and walk home. You can't just abandon your car in a traffic jam. You've just gotta ride it out like everyone else.
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At least when you were on the bus you could get off and walk home. You can't just abandon your car in a traffic jam. You've just gotta ride it out like everyone else.

15. You'll realise how expensive it is to fix a car.

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Even the simplest of problems can cost a small fortune. You'll probably end up spending more fixing your car than you did buying it in the first place.

16. You'll forget about using all the difficult manoeuvres you learnt for your test.

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You struggled doing them with someone in the car, why would you try it alone? Who wants to reverse into a bay anyway?

17. You'll avoid parking in busy places.

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There's no way you'll be able to squeeze in between two cars without causing some damage. It's best to just park at least a mile away from any other car.

18. Your car will slowly start filling up with rubbish and you'll have no idea where it all came from.

Old food cartons, magazines, sleeping bags. You name it, it's in your car. You don't know how it all got there in the first place, but you're too lazy to clear it all out.
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Old food cartons, magazines, sleeping bags. You name it, it's in your car. You don't know how it all got there in the first place, but you're too lazy to clear it all out.

19. You'll sometimes wish you could go back to being a passenger again.

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Life was so much easier back then! It was like being a celebrity with your own personal chauffeur.

20. But you know you'd never be able to give up your new found freedom.

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The first few weeks may be tough, but after a while you'll wonder what you were ever worried about. Get out there and enjoy being able to go wherever you want, whenever you want! The world is your oyster.

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