Driving, as I realized, is a very important skill a person can learn through practice. Like in any other skills, it also starts from zero to little knowledge until one becomes a professional.

Especially in the Philippines setting, where public transportation such as buses or jeepneys control most of the roads, learning how to drive isn’t a necessity. Unless, there’s a private car in the family or that you wanted to own one, it is only then that it becomes a priority.

In my case, I remember my father taught me the basics of driving back in my college years. It was also kind of our bonding moment. However, after I graduate it didn’t become a priority for me. Driving in big cities didn’t give me the same excitement as I know others would feel. For me, I would rather be comfortably sitting in a train or bus than driving in traffic.

Learn to Drive

But now, I feel old enough to appreciate it. Ha! The main reasons why I wanted to pursue driving are because one, in small towns like where I live, it’s more convenient to drive a car. Two, well, we don’t know but maybe years from now, if I think that I will need a car, I’ll buy my own. And who’ll be the driver of my future car but myself? Three, it’s empowering for women if they know how to drive and I want to be like that woman- who doesn’t wait for a guy to drive her- who in other words, depends on other people. In my direct family, for example, all women don’t drive. So, I want to be someone who can or hopefully will inspire them to learn too.

First Step: Driving Lessons

To make this plan a reality, I first needed to learn how to drive. So, I enrolled myself to a driving school in our town for a 10-hour driving course. I chose to drive a manual over an automatic because as I’ve heard, once I learn how to drive a manual, it’ll be easier for me to drive an automatic. The total fee cost 6,000 PHP.

Before the actual driving part, I attended a two-hour orientation in which I was taught the parts of the car, how to drive a car in theory and the rules & signages I need to obey on the roads.

Thereafter, when I have free time, I do two-hour actual driving lessons. At first, I was taught how to start the engine, drive forward and reverse and others. As I became more confident with it, they gave me more challenges until I was able to drive on the main road. I found it stressful to drive particularly that I have to consider and remember a lot. Ha! After the lessons, I told my instructor how I appreciated it more to be a passenger than to be the driver.

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I drove from one city to another for almost an hour. After that class, I was mentally exhausted. I felt tired like the same level when I studied for a test. =)

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As I am writing this post, I still have a couple of hours remaining to complete my course. I was told, my next driving goals will be parking and improving my driving skills in intersections.

Second Step: Driver’s License/ Student Permit

Before I was allowed to drive on the highways, I needed to get a driver’s license/ student permit first. I actually had a student permit before but since it was ages ago, even before I worked abroad, I needed to get a new one and start new.

Qualifications & Requirements for Student Permit

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Medical Certificate

One requirement for a Student Permit is a medical certificate. It was when that my hearing and eyesight were tested. For hearing, I had to wear a headset and listen to which ear would I hear the sound from. For eyesight, I told them I wear eyeglasses. They checked me for color blindness which luckily, I’m not.

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The next step was to fill out an application form, wait for picture taking followed by payment of fees. Finally, I got my student permit, in a receipt form.

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It took me two hours to process everything but I think it could be less.

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Student Permit to Non-Professional Driver’s License

My next step will be to convert my SP to Non-prof driver’s license after 30 days. It will also be in this stage that I will have to take a written test and a practical driving test. Only if I will pass on both tests, that I will be approved for Non-prof.

Check the LTO’s website HERE.

Wish me luck. =)


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My name is Ira. It has always been my dream to start a blog. My goal is to share my life experiences, travels and my personal journey towards financial freedom.
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