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In wheel time: learning to drive in a pandemic

For those hoping to get a driving licence, Covid and its disruption has meant the process has been slow and emergency stop. Louise Finn reflects on what it’s like learning to drive in a pandemic, talks to an instructor and a new R driver

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Louise Finn learing how to drive through the pandemic with her driving instructor Ray Byrne. Picture Colm O'Reilly Belfast Telegragh 08-09-2021

Louise Finn learing how to drive through the pandemic with her driving instructor Ray Byrne. Picture Colm O'Reilly Belfast Telegragh 08-09-2021

Louise Finn with driving instructor Ray

Louise Finn with driving instructor Ray

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Louise Finn learing how to drive through the pandemic with her driving instructor Ray Byrne. Picture Colm O'Reilly Belfast Telegragh 08-09-2021

Driving. It’s not that I never wanted to learn, but there were always other things that I needed to do instead that seemed a bit more important. Besides, I’d always lived in a city and told myself I’d been doing my bit for the environment by walking or taking public transport.

This is how I managed to make it to 30-something (cough, much closer to 40) without a full driving licence. I write “full driving licence” on purpose. I have held multiple provisional licences, both north and south of the border.


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