Learning to drive later in life, perhaps in your 30s, 40s or even beyond can feel like an achievable milestone. The average age to obtain a UK driving license is 23, but there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t learn to drive at any time. So if you are learning a little later, what can you do to make it easier on yourself? Read on for our top tips when learning to drive later in life.
Take it Slow
Younger people are wired up to learn. Even in prehistoric times, at age 17 you would still be developing and learning and, despite being arguably less wise, younger people do find it easier to pick up new ways of doing things quicker. Younger people are also less likely to have a fixed mindset and are more open to adapting and learning new tasks, or new ways of doing things. For all these reasons it often takes fewer total hours for a young person to learn, and they can also pack those hours into a smaller time frame, e.g. an intensive course.
Older learners, on the other hand, tend to do better taking their time. Give yourself 6-12 months to learn and do a couple of hours a week, consistently, every week. Doing fewer hours over a longer time is often necessary anyway, due to the extra work and family commitments of older people.
Find the Right Instructor
Finding the right instructor is important at any age, but being naturally more risk averse and as a result more nervous, many older drivers do better to seek out the right instructor rather than looking for the deals and promotions. Before you pay upfront for a block of lessons, take a few lessons with your instructor to make sure he or she is right for you.
There is no reason you can’t learn to drive in your mid or even later years. Just be prepared for the fact that it may well take longer, and may require a bit more of an open mindset on your behalf. Find the right tutor and go slowly but consistently, and make sure you do at least an hour every week.
Whether you’re looking for driving schools in Croydon, Surrey, Kent or London, a good school will be able to advise on the right path for you. Contact us today for more information on how we can get you on the road.