The Girls' Guide To Losing Your L-Plates: How to Pass Your Driving Test Paperback – 2 Jan 2007
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'A new book that will transform the most timid learner into a
fully licensed queen of the road.' -- Sunday Express, 21/01/07
'Entertaining and informative, this book should appeal to learner
drivers and instructors alike.'
-- Motror Schools Association News Jan 07
About the Author
Maria McCarthy is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers and has contributed to Cosmopolitan, the Independent, the Guardian, the Sunday Express and MSN Cars. She's also a popular media commentator on motoring matters and has appeared on BBC Breakfast News and Radio 5 Live. She is the author of The Girls' Guide to Losing Your L-Plates: How to Pass Your Driving Test and teaches Freelance Journalism and Path to Publication workshops at Bristol University. For more information see www.mariamccarthy.co.uk.
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i finally got round to taking my test at 28, and this book was a big help! loads of great hints and tips, and written in a fun and relaxed style, usefull for women of all ages who are learning to drive. definatly the most useful book i brought when learning to drive!
There are useful facts and figures that make you feel less of an idiot if you think you're taking longer to pass that you should. There's also practical advice on things like finding the right instructor and making the most of your lessons, and tips aimed at those accompanying the learner driver.
The book is full of anecdotes from real people, and they're not inspirational nonsense - there's a real feeling of honesty to the stories: `Deep down I think I was scared of having to drive alone and so that's why I kept failing...'.
It's basically a great all-rounder, tackling driving from all angles, and making you feel less alone! And it doesn't stop at the point of passing your test, it tells you the stuff you need to know about afterwards too. Though I read it through from cover to cover, there are bits I'll definitely dip back into.
The book is written in a friendly manner but is never too jokey or girly (despite the title). I found the level of writing was pitched just right - neither simplistic nor dry and over technical. I now keep the book on a shelf next to my road atlases and I still refer to it when I need to look up something I have forgotten or don't quite understand.
As a 40 something I could hardly describe myself as a girl but I would heartily recommend this book to learner driver "boys" and "girls" of all ages.
It not only has handy tips, such as downloading test routes, but also explains how to be a good, safe, confident driver for life. The day I passed, I drove off at night agreeing with my mother that night-driving was tricky - I hadn't thought to turn the headlights on. And I'd had a car for a year when my sister asked how often I put air in the tyres ... and then showed my how to do so for the first time. This book would have taken me through these points and many more.
I didn't know before I read this book about the Pass Plus course, which covers driving at night, on motorways, in the country, etc. things I'd never done before I passed my test and then found stressful on my own. Also, how common it is, especially for women, to become anxious about driving even though they've passed a test and how refresher lessons can be a great help.
The author quotes a study that women are far more likely than men to apologise for accidents which aren't their fault - something to be aware of.
Also, it is peppered with anecdote, e.g. more than 100,000 of us fill up with the wrong fuel at petrol stations... and Jane, who was so nervous in her first test that she tried to start the car with her front door key and jammed the ignition!
Some of the advice in this book include wearing waterproof mascara in case you cry during lessons and if you're stuck in mud, find some men to help you.
On hazard perception tests the author makes this remark: "This all sounds very complicated. I know. But it's really not something to get your knickers in a twist about".
She also says that girls are naturally not as good drivers as boys because boys played with toy cars and girls played with prams. Therefore boys know how to maneuver objects with wheels. I have NEVER seen a pram without wheels.
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