I’m quite old and only passed my test pretty recently, aged maybe 36. I failed my test when I was 17, then moved to London soon after and just never really needed one. We decided to have a child and realised that, whilst not essential, it would prove to be super handy.
There’s no escaping the fact that it’s a total and utter ballache. Having lessons before work or at weekends, having to book a theory test and take a morning off work to do it, that weird hazard awareness test that I nearly failed… Such a relief to get it done as it’s expensive and a total time suck.
For the theory test - get the iPhone app. I did it every morning on the tube until I was getting 100% every time. The theory test is easy, but expensive so I really didn’t want to fail it.
For the practical test - try and get a slot during rush hour. I basically sat in traffic for mine and did an almost perfect test. My instructor couldn’t believe it. I remember the tester guy saying “I don’t understand why on earth people want to drive in this Godforsaken city” whilst sat at a standstill on the A24.
Driving in London - intimidating at first, worrying about holding everyone up etc, but then you realise most drivers are just as bad as you. Now I don’t really care. We also had an old car that I didn’t care about at all.
My wife also learned late and did her test in an automatic. Might be worth considering? I think the stats say it’s quicker to pass in one. We consequently bought an automatic and I don’t think I’d go back now. Haven’t driven a manual since my test thinking about it…