Cat (caliza) wrote in drivingimpaired,

*waves* hi, I'm new here...


My names Cat, I live in Ontario, Canada and I'm 24 years old, with just my G1 (basically a learners permit).

When I was in highschool, I got my learners (for the first time then) and was...well...a nervous wreck behind the wheel. I eventually moved away to university and let my learners expire. And I really wouldn't care about that right now, except for one itty bitty detail...

A few years ago, I decided that I really, really want to become a Paramedic.

Here in Ontario where I live, it's very competative to get into the program (let alone getting a job once you graduate..that's another story altogeter). Anywho, I've put a lot into this, (volunteered in the field, worked in a hospital, obtained a lot of extra certifications and whatnot that will give me an edge in the program, and i've even got some of my textbooks and have been starting with reading, months before school starts. etc...)
and managed to get into the program at all my top choices of college, without problem. This is a lot more than some of my other friends who have tried/are trying to get into this program can do.

But there is one obstacle that keeps elduing me, and it's a pretty important one for my career choice...

Driving. I never got past having my beginners (or "G1" as it's called here in Ontario where we have graduated licensing

the way driving works in Ontario, it's a 3-step process. you do a writen test ot get your G1 (or learners basically) which lets you drive as long as you have an accompanying driver. Then you go for a roadtest to get your G2, which gives you a bit more freedom, but still isn't your full license) then you go for yet another roadtest to get your "G" or full license. Even after I get that, I'll have to do another roadtest to get my F class, which will allow me to drive an ambulance).

I went back in the fall, got my beginners again, and went back to drivers ed (I did go through it once before, but never acutally finished).

Since completely my drivers ed, I've now had 2 failed attempts
at my roadtest. Everyone who I've practiced with thinks that I should be able to pass, no problem (parents, friends, driving instructor) yet each time I fail the test my parents start into the "maybe you need to rethink your career" talk. I know I can do this, and I'm putting a lot of pressure on myself too, and I'm making idiotic mistakes on the test because I'm full of nerves. I have another appointment for my roadtest booked for a month form now (they get booked quickly and that was the soonest I could get) and I *need* to get this then, because I start school in September.
(and will be living a few hours away from home then). I can do the program without having the license, but then I won't be able to get a job right away, until I can get my license to drive an ambulance.

My parents are also seeming to put pressure on me for my backup plan, and while I have a few ideas of what I could do,

I don't want to give up my dream quite yet either.

i'm not sure what i'm looking for, but any help or advice is appreciated...
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just in case you're still following up on this: good luck in pursuing your goal!
Thanks! I actually passed the driving test just this past week, which was the biggest step. I stlil have to do another driving test but I can't do that one for a year now...
I'm trying for paramedic here in Maryland, I'm a volunteer EMT, and just wanted to say good luck! I didn't get my license till I was 24 and driving anything bigger than my Saturn still scares the hell out of me :)


September 9 2010, 21:05:35 UTC 7 years ago

I just got my full G today, never thought that I would drive, after 5 years, I was so nervous and prayed during my test all the way, I made several mistakes and honestly I thought I had failed, in the end the examiner said that my nerves almost got the best of me, so really think that your problem is that you are to nervous, try not to drink coffee be four you go or take a Tylenol, just remember that you can do it but if you don't you'll just keep trying. also try booking you test in a small town their passing rate is a lot higher. good luck and keep us updated.