In case any of you didn’t know, I am twenty years old (almost 21!), and I have spent 5 extra years of my life not having my drivers license. It’s a bit difficult when you move so often and honestly I just never really needed it. However, I am moving to Maine where I need one to drive to my classes, so I was in desperate need! Finally, last week I got it! Keep in mind: this was HUGE for me!
While I was living at home, my mom was fortunately able to drive me where I needed to be. When I was in college in California, I lived in a small town where you didn’t really need a car and the bus system was great-and included in my tuition.
I went down to San Diego to visit my grandmother/get my license. Since I still had an apartment in my college town, I was able to get my license in California instead of in Maine where I am moving to. If you are over the age of 18, it is easy to get your license in California. Where my immediate family lives, you need to take drivers education classes regardless of your age, which I didn’t have the time or money for. In Maine, it isn’t too bad to get it, but it still made sense for me to get it in CA.
I was able to get my license in about three weeks time driving. I have had my learners permit before and have been behind the wheel for maybe two hours total. I was extremely nervous to practice driving, in San Diego of all places too! Luckily I was able to do the “Behind the Wheel” training where a professional helped teach you how to drive. I would highly recommend it! My driving instructor was very helpful in not just teaching me how to drive, but how to pass the test as well! I think that because I am older now and religiously studied the CA DMV handbook, I was much more comfortable. Even though I did pass my test, I am still learning and practicing to become a better driver!