(Closed) NWR: Tips for Driving after taking a break from it

posted 6 years ago in Weddingbee
Post # 3
191 posts
Blushing bee

Driving is like riding a bike.  You will not forget.

Post # 4
615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Mother of the Bride's residence

Start out somewhere that isn’t busy, if you can! I drive a four-wheel-drive truck so it’s rear-wheel drive when the 4WD isn’t engaged, and every winter I get reaaaally nervous about driving because it’s a whole different vehicle in the snow and ice. I usually go out to a smaller, less busy area and get used to how it handles again.

Same with driving in busy places — we live in the middle of nowhere so when we have to drive in the city I get really, really antsy. So, I try to start out in a less busy residential area and work my way over to the busier areas.

Post # 6
701 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I am in a similar situation to you. I find that the only difference for me is just learning the specific car that I’m in. For example, I knew my old car really well and when I drive SO’s car (rarely) I have to get used to the size difference, the different turning radius etc.

It doesn’t cause me too many issues, just parking mainly so I try to just take my time or find somewhere I can pull up to!

I never forgot how to drive, I know everything still. I just have to get used to how each car drives/maneuvers and feels

Post # 7
4049 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@kayberry:  Agreed. I don’t think you’ll just forget how to drive after two years, but each car itself has a learning curve. That is what I find the most challenging, but it is nothing too bad.

Post # 8
412 posts
Helper bee

You do remember! Try to drive on backroads or a non-busy stretch of highway for the first 30min-hour – that’s how long it took me to get back into driving after 8 months off (school). Just drive more cautiously; don’t do left hand turns (or anything else) you’re not comfortable with; once you’ve done a few you’ll get the feel of it again and be able to drive more fluidly. I would plan for your fiance to do most of the driving in towns on your honeymoon, and then split up driving however you’d like on the in-between stretches. That way you can do it in town if you feel comfortable enough, but the onus isn’t on you to do it. When you have kids, practice for a few weeks to a month without them to get super solid in it – the mommy gene might kick in and bring some nerves back so you’ll want to be as settled as possible.

Post # 11
10571 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

If you can pick a good weather day to get back into it too.  If the roads are icy or visibility sucks you probably won’t feel too confident.

Here, I know some of the drivers ed schools also have a brush up course.  Taking a 30 min or 1 hr lesson might help.

Post # 12
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

You’ll be fine.  Just take it easy, give yourself a little while to get used to how the brake and gas pedals react.  If it’s a manual, do a few starts and stops in the parking lot so you’re familiar with the clutch point. 

I love to drive, so I never go that long without getting in a car, but it does come back to you.  Even when I get back in my car after a few weeks’ vacation it’s like an old friend. 

Post # 13
9917 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Once you get in the car, you’ll remember everything.  I didn’t have a car from 2006 to 2011…I drove my parents’ cars a few times during holidays, but that’s it.  I drive every day now, and it was not hard to get started up again.  The only thing I was unsure about was driving long distances — since I crashed my car in 2006, I hadn’t driven more than an hour at a time.  So, I decided to drive home for Christmas last year (8 to 9 hour drive) and gave myself the option of staying somewhere overnight if I needed.  I did.  I’m also old, though.  =)

Post # 14
3978 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Rent a car similar to the last car you drove–same brand and size at least.

Avoid distractions. If you’re worried then stay away from eating, loud music, stressful conversations, texting, reaching around your car, etc. Watch the road.

Map it out beforehand. Know where you are going and move over well in advance for turns and changes so you don’t feel stressed, and don’t make sudden moves if you miss a turn or something.

If you get flustered pull over and get yourself together, and distance yourself from people who are driving dangerously (both too slow and too fast or recklessly).

Drive confidently. It’s more dangerous to drive like a mouse going well under speed limits, hugging edges and taking a long time to make any move. It’s fine to be cautious, but don’t swing too far in the other direction either. Don’t expect other people to do the work of driving for you (making spaces for you, slowing down for you, giving you the right of way).

Don’t be afraid. If you’re alert, follow traffic laws, and avoid dangerous drivers your chances of an accident are greatly decreased.


I drive in LA traffic for over an hour every day.

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