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How long did it take for you to pass your driving test

What’s the worst part about learning to drive? The inevitable practical test that we need to pass before gaining our independence on the roads.

Nowadays, unless you live in central London, having a driving licence is a very useful commodity. It’s useful for work, holidays and driving your friends and family around as a chauffeur service.

The build up to the test is a nerve wracking experience. You’ve invested all that time and money into practicing, organising a car and promising people lifts once you pass. It’s not a cheap endeavour and the test itself is the final hurdle before you can be let loose!

There are a few interesting statistics when it comes to the UK driving test which are covered in an infographic from Absolute Reg.

Using official government data, they’ve shared some key facts about practical driving test pass rates that you might not know about. Or might not want to know about…

 

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In 2017, the pass rate for UK car driving tests was 47.1% for people taking the test on their first attempt. Meaning that over half of people fail, so don’t get too disheartened if this happens to you. You’re actually in the majority.

It’s also revealed that the pass rate is higher for men. 50.6% of men passed with the rate lower for women at 43.9%.

Living in a big city like London is also a downside if you’re taking your test. London test takers have a lower pass rate, which is unsurprising given the greater number of distractions you have to deal with on the roads and other drivers getting in your way. So taking your test in a more remote location could be a great option if you’re struggling to pass.

And although young drivers have a bad reputation on the roads, the 16-25 age group has the highest pass rate!

 

My thoughts

These results don’t surprise me. I am yet to pass my driving test. My theory test has now expired so I will need to take that test again too. I had my first driving test about 5 years ago. I was heavily pregnant with the twins and paranoid. So failing my test came as no surprise.

I am looking forward to passing my driving tests this year. Driving would bring a new form of independence. I won’t have to over plan my trips or wait for anyone to take me where I need to go.

 

Have you passed your driving tests? How long did it take you to pass them?

 

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How to Handle Difficult People in Your Life

Have you ever experienced those moments when you meet someone who is impossible to deal with? You know, the kind who aren’t cooperative, who refuse to see things from another perspective other than theirs or who are inconsiderate. They come in so many forms that are unbearable. No matter how nice you try to be with them, it’s so frustrating trying to get along with them.

 

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I’ve encountered a lot of difficult people in my life. At first I tried to avoid them as much as I could but hiding from them didn’t make them go away. Instead I devised new methods to handle difficult people. Here are some tips you’ll find helpful.

 

  1. Rise above their behaviour

If you’ve met a difficult person, chances are that you have tried to reason with them. But in the end, you realize that their behaviour beats all reason. Don’t react to their irrational behaviour with irritation, frustration or aggression. It’s not worth it and it only makes the situation worse.

What you should do is to not partake in their irrational behaviour. Don’t react to it, rationalize it or beat them at their game. And no matter how annoying their behaviour is don’t snap back. Just let them be.

 

  1. Set boundaries with everyone especially difficult people

Difficult people try to assert themselves on others for some strange reason. If you give in, believe me they will continue to with the crazy behaviour.  The way to deal with this is to set healthy boundaries between you and that person.

When they try to assert themselves on you, you have to draw the line and tell them that they can’t treat you that way, and then move on. Sometimes you just have to put your foot down otherwise their irritable behaviour is going to continue.

 

 

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  1. See through their drama

Difficult people don’t act difficult just because they decided to. There’s some underlying reason behind their behaviour. Sadly, difficult people don’t know how to communicate what they want to others. So they create drama, because that’s the only way they know how to communicate with others.

When you look at the situation in this light, it makes you feel compassion towards them. So before you react badly, make sure you pause for a few minutes to think about this. As you show compassion and show them that there is a better way they can communicate their wants clearly, then they would change.

 

  1. Don’t take it personally

Facing difficult people can make you feel horrible with yourself, lower your self-esteem and feel guilty for being resentful towards them. All this affects your mood and attitude to others. Their behaviour is not directed at making you feel bad but rather they don’t know any other way to communicate with others.

For the sake of your peace of mind, don’t take what they do personally. Focus on achieving your goals and living your amazing life. When you allow their annoying behaviour to get to your nerves, it distorts your day and makes your relationship with others go sour.

 

How do handle difficult people in your life?

Freelance Careers for the Financially Savvy

 

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Working from home is the ideal for many people because it allows us to have the best of both worlds. You have a source of employment that you enjoy and the income that comes along with it, and you have the freedom to work from home to your own schedule (most of the time) with no more long boring commutes to deal with – it’s pretty great. Which is why freelance careers are amazing. 

If you’re someone who has a strong head for figures, one of the best ways to earn money as a freelancer is by getting into the financial sector. You wouldn’t necessarily think that there are many finance-related jobs you can do as a freelancer, but that is rapidly changing and there are plenty of rewarding options for the financially savvy amongst you…

 

Day Trading

Day traders are people who buy stocks, hold them for a short amount of time and then trade them on again, often making multiple trades in minutes, hours and certainly days. All you need to do this job – and I use the term loosely because it is much different than most jobs – is a decent amount of capital to get you started and a detailed knowledge of the stock market. Sure, you don’t have the much in the way of job security, but you have the potential to earn hundreds, even thousands of pounds each and every day and far more flexibility than you’d get with most other jobs, even freelance ones. I won’t lie and say it’s an easy thing to do, but if you have mental and emotional stamina, serious financial savvy and a working knowledge of the markets, it can be an extremely rewarding career choice.

 

Bookkeeping and Accounting

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You’ll need to train and get qualified to do this, but thanks to the abundance of affordable and flexible online masters in finance, accounting, etc., this shouldn’t be too difficult, and if you love working with figures it will definitely be worth it. More and more small and medium-sized companies, in particular, are hiring bookkeepers and accountants on a freelance basis to keep their costs down and this means there are plenty of great opportunities out there to pick up clients and earn a regular income in the finance sector.

 

Financial Writing

If you’re as good with words as you are figures, then a career as a freelance financial writer would be the right move for you. Experienced writers in a wide range of topics are always in demand now that the internet has us all reading so much more, so it really isn’t difficult to find work writing about personal finance, investments, banking, cryptocurrency and so on. Of course, if you don’t want to rely on others to give you work, you could even set up your own financial blog and try to make a living that way – blogging really is the ultimate in career freedom in the internet age!

 

Do you work in the finance industry as a freelancer? What is it you do? Do you like prefer freelancing to a regular 9-5?

 

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