Let Driving Open Up Your World

Learning to drive is an essential life skill we are all encouraged to master. Certainly, being able to drive yourself around gives you freedom and greater choice about where, when and how you go to places. Here in Oxford, the transport of choice is often the bicycle, but two wheeled transport isn’t ideal for everything. Bikes can only take one person, luggage must be limited and they are only as fast as physical fitness of the rider allows.

The car on the other hand can take a lot of luggage, several passengers, it can travel at speed and go some distance, too. The only downside of a car compared to a bicycle, is that you have to fuel it up at the petrol station.

If you live in the Oxford area and are considering getting behind the wheel for the first time, it is important to find a teacher you feel comfortable with. Although it may be tempting to ask a family member to show you how it’s done, this is inadvisable. A neutral, even- tempered and professional approach is recommended. If you are looking for adriving school Oxfordhas one of the best instructors around. With all pupils passing first time over the past five years, the driving school Oxford drivers go to has results that speak for themselves.

In this beautiful region, once you have passed your driving test, there are many wonderful places to take a car. Driving can be useful for going to the shops or college, but it is also one of the best ways to explore new sights . The Oxford area has plenty of scenic places to drive to. Here are some suggestions for places you could visit once you have the freedom that a full driving licence offers….

Don’t try anything too ambitious at first, take some short, easy drives to build up your confidence. Driving without the assurance of your driving instructor at your side can be unnerving and take a while to get used to. When you go out on your own for the first time, make sure your mobile phone is fully charged and tell somebody where you are planning to go.

A good introductory drive would be a short five and a half mile jaunt south of Oxford to the picturesque town of Abingdon on Thames. The route is pretty straightforward and the distance is not far enough for it to be too daunting. Once you arrive in Abingdon, park up and take some time to wander around the historic centre and stroll along the pretty banks of the River Thames.

Having built up your confidence with your inaugural solo trip, push the envelope a little with an eight mile trip out of Oxford to Blenheim Palace in the pretty town of Woodstock. Situated north of Oxford, you will find the stately home Blenheim Palace on the A44 Evesham Road. This stunning and sumptuous historic home, known for its links with Sir Winston Churchill has ample parking and makes a great short trip for newbie drivers.

Once you have built up some confidence it’s time to go further afield. The Cotswolds are an incredibly pretty part of the country and not too far from Oxford. With lots of idyllic stone villages set in rolling countryside, it is possible to take a two or three hour road trip through the Cotswolds, stopping off in some beautiful places.  Head out of town on the A40 towards towns such as Burford, then on to Stow and back into Oxford on the A44 via Chipping Norton on the way. The Cotswolds are a magnet for antique hunters as well as those seeking the sleepy rural pace of country life. With many tea rooms, cafés and pubs catering to visitors, there is enough to keep you busy for a day’s road trip.

Learning to drive can open up your world in so many ways. Not only can it help improve the mundane areas of life such as trips to the supermarket, employment prospects and the school run, it literally expands your horizons. Exploring your local neighbourhood by car is one of the most rewarding ways to spend time.  Ask yourself how much you really know about your surroundings. Why not gather some friends, pack a picnic and a map and see how far your new driving abilities can take you? There are so many hidden local gems out there, waiting for you in your car to discover them…