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Top Gear here I come: passing my driving test at 38

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After finally getting his driver’s licence, Stuart Heritage wonders whether he’s now a real grownup Here’s something I learned the hard way: if you’re taking driving lessons as an adult, it’s generally a good idea not to mention it in public. I discussed my driving lessons in a book I wrote last year, for instance, and it’s pretty much all that anyone has wanted to talk about ever since. “Can you drive yet?” they’ll ask me by way of introduction. “Have you passed your test?” Every time this has happened, I’ve had to drop my head, avoid eye contact and apologetically mumble that no, I haven’t passed yet, sorry, but I guess I might soon. Because, in truth, I stopped learning. I had a few lessons for the book and then just sort of drifted away. Has it stopped people asking about it? No. No, it hasn’t. They were heavy, speeding, exploding missiles of metal and glass that would definitely kill you if they had the chance Having a driving lesson gave me a whole hour to limit my concentration to just one thing
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