Learning To Drive | An Update


Way back in October I put up a post about my experience learning to drive, and the creepy instructor that I was having to deal with. If you haven't read that post, you can read it here. I would suggest doing so beforehand, because otherwise this post won't make any sense.

Last time I updated you, I had just cancelled the lessons I was supposed to have only a few days before my test. The company I was learning with were trying to charge me £120 which is the cost of the two lessons I cancelled at 'late notice' (less than 48 hours before). 

The whole process on trying to get a refund went on for a few weeks, with multiple telephone conversations with a gentleman from the driving company who was dealing with my 'case'. They were taking it very seriously, in fairness to them, purely because of the allegations I had made about the driving instructor who they employ. I just want to put it out there right now that I would never lie about anything, and especially anything as serious as this.

The refund debate came to an end eventually, and the company refunded me £60 and paid the instructor £60, meaning that I was £60 out of pocket. The lesson hadn't taken place and it turns out the instructor actually filled my 'slots' but in the company's eyes, that didn't matter. I was absolutely (and still am) gutted that I have pretty much lost out on a whole day's wage because of the fact that I didn't want to get in a car with a man whom I felt uncomfortable around.

The reason they only gave me half is because it was 'my word against his'. I was totally surprised that the cars didn't have any dash cams or any kind of recording equipment because, truthfully, much worse things could have happened. 

The company attempted to find me another instructor in the area but said they couldn't, and so they refunded the balance left on my account. It was as simple as that - a huge driving company couldn't help me - I'd complained about one of their instructors being incredibly inappropriate, I'd explained how that instructor brought my panic attacks back, how I had lost out because I had a driving lesson around the corner, and they simply refunded the balance on my account and haven't contacted me since. I'm extremely disappointed.

Since then, due to my problems with anxiety and panic attacks, I haven't had any more lessons. I haven't passed my test (which I was on course to doing) and I feel totally scared to learn how to drive again. I feel like it's so unfair that justice hasn't been done on this occasion and that I have a) been plagued with anxiety since all of this situation and b) have lost out of my hard earned money. 

If any of  you have any advice on what I can do next, or how to deal with this situation, please do either e-mail me (tinselandteacups@gmail.com) or leave a comment on this post. Any advice and help is much appreciated. 


2 comments

  1. Ommg! This is really bad. But this is not your fault and so you have nothing to be afraid of. About your anxiety, don't worry. You will feel this way for some time but will soon get past of this situation and you will drive with no problem. It is all going to be fine soon. No worries! :)

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  2. Btw, I forgot to mention it in the other comment but I really love your blog. :D

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