Even though I wore my most comfy converse shoes, I still failed my driving test yesterday. Which is sad, because I had a mock test the day before. I wore the same shoes and I passed. Maybe I should have worn the exact same outfit as well.

Failed driving test in UK many times

I really hoped I’d pass. So, obviously, I didn’t think I’ll be writing this post. On the other hand, I had toyed with the idea of a post when I passed. The highlight of the post would have been a picture of myself and my instructor – a 5ft3 grey haired man, with a slight limp who I’ll miss when I eventually pass the test.

I’m not even sure he knows my correct name. I think he calls me Katie. But I’ve never corrected him. He’s like a Grandpa. It’s okay. Grandpas are always right. Maybe my name should have been Katie?

Is it weird that I feel really happy when he says ‘Oh, You’re such a star’ after a successful attempt at a manoeuvre (i.e. reverse park. I honestly do not get the reverse park logic). Or how I almost blushed when he said ‘Clever bunny you are!’ because I got all the answers right in the verbal vehicle safety questioning.

I almost feel like I’ve disappointed him. I know he had high hopes. You see, he wants to retire soon, and he has only about four students left who are yet to pass their tests. By failing, I’ve extended his retirement. He can’t be happy. He said he wasn’t disappointed. How can he not be? But maybe he wasn’t. I mean our typical first conversation when we see, goes like this.

Me: Hi Steve, how are you today ?

Steve: I’m good. I’m always good.

He’s one of those people that’s probably always good. Never complains. Never angry. Never shouts. Oh Steve is such a Star!

Compared to my previous instructor who terminated our contract by sending me a text because ‘our personalities clash’. Geez! What happened, you wonder?

West Witch Instructor: Why can’t you park this car straight?

Me: I don’t know, I just can’t.

WWI: Well, if you don’t know I can’t help you. I just can’t.

And that was it.

My mom always told me I say ‘I dont know’ to everything. Honestly I’m often too lazy to think of a suitable response. I’d assumed everyone would be fine with it. Guess not. Lesson Learned.

Anyway, this post was supposed to be about failure and pushing on. But we all theoretically know that, so I’m kind of glad, the post took a life of its own.

I’ll take the test for the third time. Technically it’s the second, because I missed my flight on the date of my first test (story for another day).  But it’s the third, because this is the third time I’m paying Β£62!

I hope I’m Third Time Lucky!

Because I need that picture of Steve and I to make it to this blog.

Have you had any recent fails? Keep going! Third Time Lucky or Twentieth Time Lucky. Just keep going.

And as Steve is always good, Be Smart. Be like Steve. Be always good.



pS: Tee knows I hate failing. So he brought me a dozen red roses at work to cheer me up. It’s a big deal guys! Because he doesn’t see the idea behind flowers and the only time I got flowers from him was our wedding!… So see, there’s a silver lining behind every failure.

ppS: I really need to get my license. To avoid the rant that happened here


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  1. Bagos Mutendi

    February 17, 2016 at 09:12

    Bummer! Third time is usually a charm.

    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      February 17, 2016 at 10:01

      I really hope so!! I’ll keep you posted. Xx


    February 23, 2016 at 16:33

    You will get it this time.

    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      February 24, 2016 at 11:11

      Amen oh! Booked my next test already…

  3. Chinwe James

    March 7, 2016 at 07:44

    Hey…. read your write-up on BN and love you already. Handy tips for passing your driving test: Try 3 different instructors on 3 seperate days (a week in between or so), with Steve as the main Gee. I find that you pick helpful tips from different instructors then get Steve to polish the learns. Just dispose after the 1st drive. Simples and Evuls. Or do like I did, let a friend refer you to their instructor and simply say its a one off polish me up drive.Carribean instructors are good at teaching to pass. They believe that you pass the driving test then learn as you drive as long as you’re not a road hazard. Babe I didn’t get the comfy shoes part. Are you struggling to drive with shoes on and if yes: rub your hands with glee. My Carribean instructor (I passed 1st time) taught me this trick as he’d dealt with too many Nigerian lady drivers. Wear black socks on the D day and some flat flops. Once you’re seated, distract the examiner to check if the back seat door is closed then kick off your shoes and nudge them carefully under your seat. When you’ve passed, trust me nobody will pay attention to your putting on shoes. I learnt to drive with shoes afterwards (got sick of tugging winter boots off and on).Finally, assuming you’re not 3rd time lucky ( possible but hopefully not), get yourself a cheap car and get on with it. Drive within your area, every evening, to nearby shops, on nearby roads. Get comfortable with it, then the parallel, reverse parking will come with ease. I’m yet to see any1 fail after this last method. You are wellcome Xx

    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      March 7, 2016 at 09:38

      Awwwww! Thank you Chinwe for dropping these tips. Thing is I’m driving with an automatic car, and it’s rather difficult to get automatic driving instructors where I live. They are all fully booked months and months ahead. But I’ll give that a shot. There’s also a taxi driver I met randomly who said I should call him a few days before my test, and he’ll give me some tips as well. So I think I’ll take him up on his offer this time. Re the shoes, I’m not really struggling, but still had to make a conscious effort to ensure my shoes are comfy. That shoe tip though! Hilarious.You passed first time! Girrlllll. *high five*! I’ll get a car and maybe drive around at the weekends. Evenings are pretty impossible. My day job gets me home at about 9 pm everyday. I guess it’s more than a day job. Lol. Thanks again! Xx

    • God's ❀

      June 11, 2016 at 15:02

      You gave me a plate filled with “Driving Hacks” πŸ’‹ Thank you.KT….Just saw a lot today (u get). Glad you kicked off….cheers! πŸ˜‰

  4. Simi Olusola

    August 17, 2016 at 10:04

    I say “I don’t know” a lot too. My parents at one time had to ban me from saying it. But really, everyone should be fine with that answer na

  5. Abby

    September 10, 2016 at 21:42

    This is so funny cos I can see myself in this story.My friend thinks the only reason I’m driving a car is cos its Nigeria and I’ll fail a proper driving test anywhere else. **Tears**My reply is this meme below. heheheheHope the third time’s a charm and you pull through!

    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      September 15, 2016 at 22:53

      Lmao!!!! You need to be sending us more photos on this platform. To be honest, I failed the third time again! But I’m picking it up again next month! Fingers crossed. To think I was driving from Festac to Ikoyi everyday in Nig after learning in just under 2 months.

  6. Abby

    September 17, 2016 at 10:09

    Haha. I’ll post pictures as often as I can😁Ahh! Eyah! Pele! We must ace it this time ooo! Infact we need to pray about it πŸ˜­πŸ˜‚I’m pretty sure one can drive for 10 years in this country and fail a driving test in the UK. Driving here is something else entirely.Wish you all the best!! β€οΈπŸ€—