Thursday, 9 February 2017

That Was Not the Best Lesson Ever

So my last driving lesson didn't go as well as the one before it. Perhaps waiting a week between lessons was a mistake after all. I hope not, given that my next one is over a week since my last one. This time it was just that was the closest available time. I don't know what it was but I just wasn't feeling it this time.

It didn't help that I made a mistake really early in the lesson. There were two mini-roundabouts in a row. I breezed through the first one, got complacent, and tried to breeze through the second. Unfortunately I should have stopped at the second one because there was a car coming. Martin hit the brakes for me, and I consider any lesson where he has to do that a failure. It was a pretty nasty blow to the confidence so early into the lesson.

We also practised the reverse left manoeuvre when we found a nice spot for it. I tried it three times, and failed it all three. Which really fucking sucks let me tell you. Either I was turning at the wrong time or I was going too fast.

There were some upsides though; some good things. Nothing is ever really all bad. I told Martin about how I was failing hazard perception. So, he had me do an exercise where I treated the whole lesson as a hazard perception test, pointing out any potential hazards we came across. He also helped out and pointed out some of the things I missed. I don't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing but we ran into a lot of hazards. It was good practice for that. I also overtook a horse and two cyclists properly. The horse was beautiful. I couldn't tell you what the cyclists looked like.

Martin did tell me that my driving was smoother than I thought it was, as he always does. I'd think he was lying to me but he's shown he has no problem being harsh but fair. So if he says it was smooth, then I'm inclined to believe him.

My next lesson is the day after Valentine's Day, so I guess that ruins my plans of drinking alone. Then again, I've never been hungover before.

Nah, I probably shouldn't risk it. 

6 comments:

  1. So long as you're learning from the mistakes, that's what counts!

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  2. "I consider any lesson where he has to do that a failure"
    But it's a lesson, so how can there be failure? You're not being lenient enough to give yourself the room you need as someone going through the process of learning and practice. I'd... tell you to not be so harsh on yourself, but then that's probably a self-condifence thing which I know from experience aren't easy to break free from. Still, take your inner critic with a grain of salt.

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  3. You're going to get to the point where you do it all almost automatically.

    Drinking the night before would probably not help.

    I am enjoying reading about the progress of these lessons, however.

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  4. I remember a driving lesson where the instructor had to hit the breaks. I was being Evil Kanievel and trying to beat another car. I think I coulda made it. Ahh ohh well.

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