'Relieved' mother-of-two, 31, celebrates getting her driving licence after ...

A mother-of-two has described her relief after she finally passed her driving test following 17 attempts behind the wheel.  

Blessing Platinum-Williams, 31, first took her driving test in 2008 before repeatedly failing more than a dozen times in 12 years.

The 'relieved' mother-of-two was finally handed a pass last month after embarking on an intensive course at Auto Gears Driving School, Watford, at the start of lockdown.

Ms Platinum-Williams, who suffered depression due to her repeated failed tests, said: 'I just feel so relieved and going make sure I'm extra careful so I don't lose my licence!

'I hope I can inspire other people to persevere with theirs. I used to walk about 20,000 steps a day, which isn't ideal in winter, to get my kids to nursery.

'It's like an hour to get to their nursery and an hour back.

Blessing Platinum-Williams (pictured after her pass) first took her driving test in 2008 before repeatedly failing more than a dozen times in 12 years

Blessing Platinum-Williams (pictured after her pass) first took her driving test in 2008 before repeatedly failing more than a dozen times in 12 years

'When it was really cold, I'd wrap them up as tight as I can - but I didn't have the luxury of getting an Uber every single day.

'It was just so difficult and stressful for years.' 

Ms Platinum-Williams failed two tests in 2008, before taking exams in Wisbech, Portsmouth, Chichester, Barnet, Chingford and Woodgreen over 12 years.

She took her final test in Watford on July 31.    

'I booked them in so many different places because I'd been told there was a good instructor in the area', she said.

'I was trying to go to places that supposedly had higher pass rates - which is ridiculous I know, but I was desperate.'

She revealed how the test failures left her in a dark place and had a domino-effect on other parts of her life.

'I felt like a failure and that I couldn't do anything,' she added.  'Because of that, I just lay in bed crying all the time. I felt depressed for a year.' 

The 'relieved' mother-of-two (pictured) was finally handed a pass last month after embarking on an intensive course at Auto Gears Driving School, Watford, at the start of lockdown

The 'relieved' mother-of-two (pictured) was finally handed a pass last month after embarking on an intensive course at Auto Gears Driving School, Watford, at the start

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