It’s fair to say I have been keeping a secret to many (other than family and close friends) over the last 6 months or so.
When I was 17 I failed my driving test and never tried again. I just didn’t need to be able to drive so the desire just wasn’t there. Infact I never imagined I would ever take the test again! However when we moved to Exeter last year it became apparent very quickly that I needed to get my licence. Public transport down here is not so great and I was reliant on that or Him Outdoors for ferrying J and I around to various appointments and well everything really.
So in August last year I applied to the Family Fund for help in paying for lessons. This was the first time I had applied to them for anything and had only previously applied to Action for Kids to fund a walker for J (which they did and a year later he is still using it and benefitting enormously!).
A couple of months later I heard back from the Family Fund and they approved funding for 44 hours of lessons and two goes at my theory and practical test, should I need it. I had my first driving lesson just before Christmas last year and was very nervous but equally pleased to be doing it. I then had to take my theory test for more hours to be released for lessons. I passed my theory with flying colours just after Boxing Day which was a fab way to close the year.
And last week I passed my practical test! Woohoo! I must confess I did fail my first practical back in May; but a month later passed. I’m glad I failed first (or second time round if you count the failed one from 20 odd years ago) time around because I managed to squeeze in a lot more practice over the last month and I am a better and more confident driver than I was at the end of May.
So, if you are a parent of a disabled child like me and really want to learn but can’t afford it, my advice is to apply for funding. I did need more than 44 hours of lessons and you have do be able to fund extra hours yourself should you need it. For us it was worth the effort and extra expense. No longer do I need to rely on anyone else for transport. I am one year younger at 42 than my mum was when she passed her test.
So I would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to the Family Fund for helping me and also to Pete my lovely instructor, who has been an excellent teacher. Anyone in Exeter about to embark on driving lessons, ask for Pete at BSM. He is awesome!
It also now means of course, J and I can jump in the car and have extra beach time….which clearly is good for both our souls…
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