If you’re a student living in Sheffield, the chances of you needing a car to get around is pretty slim. Most places- such as the library, train station and student union are within walking distance. However, if you need to get to places faster or travel further out- you may consider learning to drive. Though, this has its pros and cons during the Covid-19 pandemic.
To start with, driving lessons are expensive – the test alone costs just over £60. So unless you are working part-time and receiving a side income, you may want to consider asking a family member to teach you in their car; that is provided they are legally qualified. On the other hand, driving costs are one of the biggest expenses you’ll ever have to pay in your life, so you may want to get it done and dusted whilst you’re able to.
In addition, holding a full driving licence has a ton of benefits and can open many doors to new opportunities in terms of jobs and career prospects. You will be able to work further out, get multiple tasks done in a shorter amount of time and get around much more easily. It is certainly worthwhile to invest the time and money in learning to drive.
In regard to masks, you or your instructor will have to wear a mask during your lessons. Make sure you are up to date with Covid tests to ensure that you are legally fit to be on the road. Although this is a major change, this guarantees that everyone is safe in the car, and you aren’t causing danger to those around you as well.
In terms of availability, you will need to make sure you have time in the week to dedicate to your driving lessons. Frequent driving lessons and more time spent in the car ensures a frequent growth in skill. If you operate around a tight schedule, this could be detrimental to your progression and overall success in driving as you develop your skill each week. That being said, if you are ill or not well then you should flag this with your instructor and refrain from doing your lesson.
Overall, if you bear in mind these differing factors, you’re guaranteed to pass in no time. While it may never seem imperative to some to learn during your time at university, once you’ve passed that’s it and you’ll always have that immense extra freedom come the time you decide you really need it.