Thursday, 1 December 2016

I Hope This Driving Lesson Goes Better Than My Last One

I have another driving lesson today and if it's anything like my one from last week then I'm in trouble. While my instructor said that my driving wasn't too bad I still think it wasn't all that good. My mind just wasn't in it last week. I was unfocused and I was tired, which is a pretty dangerous combination when you're driving.
There's a reason these signs are plastered all over the place
There were a few times when I didn't change gear properly or didn't respond to another car quickly enough. Not to the point that it was dangerous or anything, but it was still unsafe. There were two particular moments that were outright dangerous however.

The first came in the form of a truck. If something is parked in the road then as a driver you have to go around it. Sometimes you have to do this slowly so as to not disrupt traffic on the other side of the road. Overtaking parked cars was something that I was always nervous about at first because I was scared of potentially being hit by oncoming traffic. So what's the first thing I do when I build up more confidence in this? I almost get hit by oncoming traffic of course. A truck no less.

There was something in the road and I went to go past it slowly. I could see the truck but I thought there would be room for the both of us. Martin, my instructor, could tell otherwise and slammed the brakes on. He was cool about it but damn, that's the closest I feel I've come to dying in a car and it messed with me for the rest of the lesson.

The other incident came when we were practicing making sharp turns. It involved driving through these really cramped streets and it was kind of stressful. I was too busy stressing out to notice that there was a give way line on the road. Thankfully the place was dead because there's a lot of danger involved in not giving way. I do think that if there were cars coming I would have naturally stopped anyway, whether I knew it was a give way line or not.

Still, Martin did say that it was actually a pretty smooth drive. He must have some pretty bad drivers if he thinks that I gave him a smooth drive. Or maybe I just need to stop being so hard on myself.

6 comments:

  1. Driving whilst tired isn't the best idea. Take a nap before a lesson if it's a problem. Don't worry about making mistakes at this early stage, that's what the chap on your left with the extra set of pedals is for. Stop being so hard on yourself.

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  2. He's a driving instructor, probably seen it all. You'll probably be fine again. And even if you mess up a bit, baby steps. Better to just keep doing it than to stop altogether!

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  3. Practice makes perfect, don't be discouraged!

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  4. Whatever doesn't kill you makes you a better driver.

    It will all be second nature to you soon, I'm confident!

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  5. Confidence comes from practice, practice, practice! I'm sure you're doing great for your stage of driving experience.

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  6. I have taught many to drive and my oldest daughter was awful she scared me stupid her dad had to take her for a few before I was ok to take her and she also had to have professional lessons she was really bad.

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