Thursday, 8 December 2016

Driving Again

Seems strange to write about my driving lessons two posts in a row but it's not like I have much else to do. I got lucky on Tuesday when my driving lesson was because I decided to have a bath before and, let me tell you, baths always take it out of me. The only time I've involuntarily passed out is after a bath. So for like 20 minutes after the bath I was ready to go back to sleep and not move. Thankfully it passed by the time I was sat in the middle of a ton of steel moving at 50MPH.

The lesson actually went really well, even though I was driving in fog for most of it. Driving in fog is much easier than it looks. I just need to keep a better eye out for things. Even Martin was complimenting that my confidence appeared to have improved. Confidence and focus are the two things holding me back as a driver. If anything that's what's holding me back in every aspect of life. I need to be more focused and I need to be more confident. I proved with the hazard perception tests that I can focus on the road, and I proved in my lesson on Tuesday I can be a confident driver. I just need to be better at doing it all the time.

A good chunk of the lesson was dedicated to bay parking. That was the manoeuvre of the day this time. To practice it I drove up to the "local" (about 20-30 minutes away) Morrissons, which is also where my mother shops. She wasn't there on Tuesday though.

Let me tell you; parking is somehow both easier and more difficult than it looks. It's a simple matter of physics. If you start reversing a couple of bays out you will always land perfectly inside your chosen bay. The problem is that if you reverse too quickly or turn too slowly you end up missing. I tried it three times overall. The first went well, and the second two went okay. Martin also taught me how to correct my positioning should I do it wrong. That way if I mess up on my test I can keep calm and just ask if I should correct my position. An instructor will either tell me I can, or that it's alright becuase they've seen enough and they know I'm a competent driver. Apparently they do give some leeway for mistakes and you don't need to make 100% of the shots you take. Which is nice.

There was one scary moment where a truck got a little too close to my back bumper, and then another where I found myself sandwiched between two trucks, but overall the lesson went well and I'm making excellent progress.

I really need to hurry up and pass my theory test.

5 comments:

  1. hope you get your licence before the bad weather really sets in!

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  2. I used to hate parking. Now that I have the back-up camera, it's a whole new ball game.

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  3. Way to go, Mark! I'm a world class parallel parker but absolute shite when it comes to parking in a stall bounded by pillars, posts or other obstacles. I've damaged so many headlights, side view mirrors, bumpers and fenders that way, it's downright criminal.

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  4. Do you have to be able to parallel park for your final driving test? I hate parallel parking but living in Boston I don't really have a choice. I'm fine just pulling in and out of regular spots but never reverse in. Much rather reverse out.

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