April has been a different month reading-wise. On one hand, there’s been my ‘normal’ reading, and I’ve been ploughing through my recent ebook freebie, Golden Age,
by James Maxwell (which has been a good read so far), plus my usual X-Men comic (which brought the storyline, which began pretty much when I started reading them again, to a conclusion). On the other hand, I’ve been doing some rather more ‘practical’ reading….
I have come to realise that being stuck in the middle of rural Wales, with limited public transport options, is not conducive to finding work, travelling to job interviews (trains are effing expensive in this country!), or having a social life. So, with that in mind, I have decided to bite the bullet, learn to drive, and actually get a car.
I did take proper driving lessons many decades ago. I even got as far as taking (and passing) the theory test. Unfortunately, I never found myself in a position where I could a) afford a car, b) afford to run a car, and/or c) have some place to put said car if I did have one. Therefore, I never took the practical, despite my instructor telling me I was good to go.
However, I’ve now come to the realisation that in order to gain some semblance of independence, it’s a case of having to burn money to make money. Getting a car means getting a job. Getting a job means being able to afford my own place (even if it’s just a small rented flat someplace). Getting a flat means getting a cat (or 6!). Considering my mature age, I shouldn’t be living in the spare room of my mate’s house, and be reliant on him to drive me to the supermarket. The whole situation isn’t helping my confidence much either.
Somehow, I don’t think this learning-to-drive thing is going to be a breeze. I’m not a confident driver by any means; I struggle with gear-changing, and have the attention span of a gnat. To cover the former, I’m planning on learning to drive in, then purchasing, an automatic car, so I don’t have to worry about getting stymied by the gear stick (I don’t do gears!). The latter will hopefully improve with experience.
This has meant some extensive reading this month covering the highway code, traffic signs, plus the Official DVSA Guide to Driving – the essential skills, as I prep myself for getting behind the wheel again.
#DevAfter30 is one thing, #DrivingAfter30 is going to be something else entirely…!