Why a few driving lessons are a fantastic investment
TURNING 17 lends itself to many new and exciting opportunities. Not only do you have to begin to consider university and employment, but the prospect of driving also adds to the pile of decisions (if it wasn't high enough already).
If you're considering starting to drive, the lifelong investment is questioned by the price of each lesson that we have to pay.
The standard lesson costs roughly £20 depending on the driving school. However, having saved for several weeks from a weekend job, I was able to fund my first five lessons up front.
At first spending all this money may be a little disappointing, unlike saving up for a new mobile, you can't reap the rewards straight away.
Earning money one day to give it away the next can be frustrating, especially when you have your eyes on a new dress or the latest gadget.
Several months of lessons are often needed to eventually pass your test. Although this may seem a long time, the final outcome will be worth it.
The "I've passed my driving test!" status will come in due time.
With university fees on the rise (£9,000 a year, really?) saving money is often heavily emphasised at school, with endless "student finance" talks and presentations.
How on earth can we be expected to save and spend? The only solution is to find a highly paid part-time job which, unlike the fees, aren't on the rise!
Although I've given the opinion that driving lessons ruin your life, there are however many benefits to be taken into consideration.
To begin with, driving is a life skill, however much we appreciate public transport; we won't want to be waiting at bus stops for the rest of our life.
It is a lifelong investment.
Secondly, and most importantly, driving is genuinely enjoyable – you will learn skills and knowledge that will stay with you for life.
You'll be surprised of the thrill you'll feel when successfully tackling parallel parking or roundabouts.
After mastering your test the benefits continue. After years of being carted around by your parents, you can finally control the pedals yourself.
Although at the beginning you may be warning your friends to keep off the road whilst you are on it, you'll soon want to show off your new-found skills.
Driving also comes with the pressure to buy a car. However this isn't necessary and, although a refresher course may be in order, your driving licence doesn't have an expiry date.
Once you've tackled it you won't have to face it again.
Each decision is personal. However having decided to take lessons myself, I believe the investment is worth it.
Restricting myself to only one hour a week and ensuring I manage my money, I am able to afford the lessons with a little on the side. I look forward to tearing up my 'L' plates as soon as possible, so I personally suggest to invest.