I honestly never thought I’d get both a driver’s license and an insurance policy at age 26.
I know 26 is not too young of an age to get both; in fact, I think 26 is on the older side of the spectrum to get a driver’s permit for the first time hehe. I’ll explain.
Messy Success 1: How I Got My Driver’s License
First, I never planned to get a car this year, much less a driver’s license. I mean, I know one doesn’t necessarily have to own a car in order to get a driving permit, but for me, what’s the use of it when I won’t be using it anyway? It just didn’t make sense. But this year, I did not only get a car but also enrolled in a driving school, learned to drive, and successfully got a license.
I took a leave from work last Tuesday in order to process my permit at the LTO. I arrived there 10 minutes after 8 and the line was already loooong. So if you want to avoid the lines, go there early. Really early. Like before 7 early. LTO Davao is quite efficient, in my opinion, but there were really a lot of people before me (more than 60, I think?), so it still took a good hour before I was finally able to enter the examination room.
It’s funny because both my mum and my older brother aced their driver’s tests when they took them before (my brother only had 2 mistakes on his exam). They expected me to ace it as well but… well, let’s just say let’s thank God I passed. I cannot accept my score though because I was sure of about 97% of my answers! Oh well, at least I passed haha!
My mum drove me to the LTO so when I finished the written exam, I immediately called her to park the car at the practical test area. My assigned examiner was still talking to someone else so I waited for about 10 minutes. Finally, he arrived and we started the practical test. I don’t know if it’s the same for everyone else, but mine was quite easy. No, scratch that: the better word, instead of easy, is basic. Things you’re sure to learn when you’re driving.
For the final part, he asked me if I knew how to parallel-park. I had to be honest and told him I was only able to do it once and that was at driving school. Mercifully, he chuckled and assured me that even the male applicants don’t know how to parallel-park. So he just set up some obstacles behind me, had me turn my steering wheel to the right a couple of times so I won’t run in a straight line when I go, and told me to back up, making sure I don’t hit the obstacles. And then I parked and we were done! Yay!
(Honestly, I think the examiner went easy on me. It’s really the subjective part of the exam. Still, I actually learned a lot from him during our short examination. I might share tips in a future post.)
The actual test, both written and practical, took only about 30 minutes. It’s the queuing and waiting that take time, so it’s best to go early.
It was a really tiring morning. I didn’t get out of the LTO until past 12 noon – and for some reason, in the middle of cold and grey November, that particular day was sweltering hot. But thank you Lord! I’m finally done!
Here’s part 2 or how I find myself poring over VUL (Variable Universal Life) insurance proposals at Sun Life Financial.