Darling daughter no 1 finally passed her driving test last week after a couple of attempts. She was absolutely thrilled at the independence this will give her.
She already has her car. Her great aunt gave it to her before she went into a home. It is nothing special, but it is small, cheap to run and so far reliable. Her shock came with the cost of the insurance. She shopped around and got what appears to be a decent deal, but it cost £1500!! Such a lot to pay. I have told her she will also need to budget for petrol, car tax, the MOT and any unexpected repair costs. She has nodded in agreement throughout, but whether she will actually take my advice remains to be seen. Something will have to give to enable her to run her car, and it won’t be my housekeeping….
I remember passing my own test, a million years ago. I ran round the house singing the Grandstand theme (you probably have to be a certain age to know that) and thought I was finally all grown up 🙂 However, I didn’t have to face the crippling costs that youngsters look at today – insurance and petrol were much cheaper and my lovely Dad sorted out my MOT.
She has barely been in the house since she passed, and even went and did the Aldi shop for me the other night as I wasn’t feeling great. So there will be benefits for me: my very own gofer and a bit of peace and quiet at home (until the novelty wears off anyway!).