Many people put off learning to drive, feeling intimidated by the dangers of the road or the costs involved. However, for new driver Tony Shakesby, it’s always worth making the leap into looking for driving instructors. Shakesby, a 70-year-old former accountant, admits that he was reluctant to learn to drive for many years before frustrations with public transport and new demands from his then job made it a necessity.
“I’d always planned to learn to drive since I was a teenager, but after months turned into years – which then turned into decades – it seemed that I would never make the leap. However, my latest role involves a lot of getting around, and I simply wouldn’t be able to fulfill my employment commitments had I stuck with public transport. When I was applying for jobs after qualifying as an accountant, I quickly realised that something had to give – so took out a loan in order to invest in my future, which put me in a position to learn to drive and take advantage of any career opportunities that might be available to me.”
Tony Shakesby HBOS loan allowed him to fund an intensive 5-day course. Having previously been restricted as to what he could apply for, once Tony passed his test he was able to apply for more jobs than ever, making him feel instantly “liberated”. Tony says that he would advise anyone lacking the confidence to make the leap to push forward with driving lessons.
“The best driving instructors have the ability to put anyone at ease. Many people forget that instructors have dual controls and are able to rescue you to safety immediately if you do make a mistake – and they are insured too, which means you’re covered if you do have an accident.”
A latest survey of British motorists has found that more then half know nothing about government plans to limit the dependency on private cars, yet with more competition for fewer employment positions, the push towards public transport maybe an enforced one for the time being as opposed to personal choices.
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