Tuesday, 22 November 2011

I'm One Step Closer Towards Crashing A Car

I'm not sure if I can stretch this into what I would consider a full post, but a short post won't kill me. I think. It could. Who knows? Anyway. I've talked before about how I'm still waiting for my drivers license to come through, well good news everyone (you read it in his voice even though I didn't put a picture didn't you?), it finally came this Saturday. I finally have my (provisional) drivers license. 
I've used this picture before but I still like it and it was my reaction. Plus pictures=views and attention.
My dad says he would rather pay for lessons than teach me himself, even though my brother insists it would be better to learn straight from my dad. He even claims everyone he's taught has passed their test on their first go. But I'll go by what my dad wants seeing as he's either going to be paying for them/teaching me himself. I have no monies. But that's not the point. He did teach me something though on Saturday, when I had my first driving experience.

It went pretty bad actually. I stalled the car I think five times before I managed to do it right, and he showed me how to do it twice. Talk about a fucking failure. It was all my own fault though. When you start a car up (or at least his car) you turn the engine on with the car perfectly neutral (ie the gearbox is neutral and the handbrake is up) then you hold the clutch down and move the car into gear and move the handbrake down, then slowly lift your foot off the clutch while accelerating to get the car going. I was just taking my foot straight off the accelerator, which caused it to stall.

I was only able to go a few feet though, it was mostly for me to get a feel of what it's like to be behind the wheel. I even skidded the thing lol. He didn't want me flying off the back so I put my foot down hard on the brakes and clutch (he called it a "beginners stop") and even though I was going say...2 or 3 miles an hour, I somehow heard a screech.

Those tire marks must be tiny, but hey at least I got a car to move. Now I just have to wait patiently for lessons. My dad has been spending money left right and centre recently, and now that my brother wants to trade in his bike, he'll be spending more.

I can wait though, the roads are probably safer with me off them.

Lookit that, I did manage to turn a simple, tiny story about me stalling a car five times into a full length post. I even turned this story into a simple tweet and those things are 140 characters long, max! Anyway, here's to me (hopefully) becoming a better driver. Sheesh even though my brothers only just passed he still made it look easy. It isn't that easy. If I could afford an automatic I'd just get one of those, so I don't have to worry about the clutch, but I'm not that high up the food chain. Maybe one day.

45 comments:

  1. Hahaha. I can drive car, but have no license =P I remember stalling the car all the time when I first tried! You're not alone, getting the car to go smoothly first time takes a heck of a lot of practice. But learning in a manual is so much better. You can't clutch start an automatic when the battery dies! And it gives you greater control over the car, making it a lot easier. Congrats though!

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  2. @Albert Einstein Lets save the congrats until I can drive a car on the first attempt and have a full license :)

    @Experimental House I want an automatic but like I said can't really afford one, and my brother makes the same insistences you do. Even if one day I go on to an automatic, it's better to learn in a manual. I knew a guy who could drive at 13 (and could sail at six!) but I was never one of those people who was driving before I had a license. Nice to know I'm not alone too lol.

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  3. Hahhaha. Until I was twelve, I believed that to move a car you had to push the steering wheel really hard. So compared to me, you're doing great.

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  4. safe driving ^_^ always be a defensive driver (whatever that is) don't run over the kids on the street, just the nasty dogs LOL ^_^

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  5. @Cricketfreak that's actually quite cute :) I've been playing driving games since before I was twelve so I know about pedals but they don't exactly prepare you too well for a manual gear box.

    @Indistinctive Writer Is it bad I'd rather run over a kid than a dog? Nahhhhhhhhh.

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  6. really? that is so cool. you must be so happy :)

    party party! ^_^

    I'm looking forward of getting my passport on Thursday too. yay :)

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  7. Learning to drive is easy...it's paying for the car and insurance that's hard!

    Just wait until you are stuck on a hill in that manual transmission and someone is right up on your ass!

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  8. cant be worse than when my uncle tried to teach me stick, I took out a mailbox because I was so busy paying attention to the clutch and stuff

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  9. LOL! well... that greatly depends on who's meaner, the kid or the dog! LOL ^_^

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  10. @Mai Yang I've had my passport for a few years now. It really helped with the license actually because I could just use the picture I had from my passport on the license. I'll be partying when I have a full license :P

    @Danjor21 My brother taught me that harsh lesson lol. I'm looking forward to being stuck on a hill, someone is behind me, bam I stall the car and slowly crash into them.

    @Aamedor haha hopefully I won't be paying THAT much attention, but yes my problems emerged by not paying enough attention to the clutch, so I guess it could happen -_-

    @Indistinctive Writer Well all dogs are awesome, even the bad ones. The world could use a few less children, and more dogs.

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  11. Something weird happened to me today, I have you in google reader to do not miss any updates and when I tried to view your last update blogger shown a message that your blog doesnt exist o_O

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  12. I gave you an award at:

    http://www.katherinehschneider.com/2011/11/thankful-day-2-blog-friends.html

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  13. I never did get my drivers license. Good luck with getting yours and don't get discuraged! I learnt to drive on a truck with a failing gear box and bad breaks!

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  14. Yay! I don't have a drivers license as well, to be honest I think I'm much better being off the street. I would probably save more lives that way.

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  15. OMG i didn't know you were the devils advocate LOL! seriously though don't run over dogs nor children! (or any other living thing for that matter peace PETA) ^_^

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  16. It's always best to learn on a stick!

    Pearl

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  17. Luckily you don't live anywhere near me. Phew, feel a lot safer now.

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  18. @Orang3 That post doesn't exist is all. I accidentally put up two updates instead of one, you can read what the other update was going to be tomorrow :)

    @Kathy S AHHHHHH!!! More awards!!!! I mean, thank you :)

    @Bersercules Thanks lol, I can say I wouldn't want to learn in that, that's for sure.

    @R.gers I think that too sometimes, but I'm more mobile on the road. Then again, does the world need me being more mobile?

    @Indistinctive Writer Don't get me started on PETA. Love animals, hate PETA. Simple as that. Oh and kids I guess. I really do tell my dad to speed up when kids are in the road, they have to learn somehow. I know a kid who got run over, know he knows better, and so do my cats. Far less likely to be run over. At least one of them is. Poor guy.

    @Pearl That's what SHE said. (Kathy if you see this that is how you use "That's what she said" >_>. I'll take my beating like a man now).

    @Fang Oh har de har. I'll just have to come to where you live on holiday hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

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  19. Whoa, that's cool, I bet you'll get the hang of it eventually! I get to start practicing driving next year, and I'm seriously worried about how much collateral damage I'm going to cause until I learn how to manoeuvre.

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  20. It will be worth the wait I'm sure.

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  21. Aww don't worry about stalling - I did it all the time when I first started learning.

    Don't be embarrased either if you make silly mistakes because that's how you learn. I'd stick with manual cars too, because to me, driving an automatic is cheating and doesn't really make you a true driver lol.

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  22. congrats sir. ALso, pretty rad that you're learning to drive stick shift. I'm a wuss and never bothered to learn so now Im stuck driving automatic.

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  23. Stalling is just what happens. A few months ago I picked up standard for the first time in 7 years, and while I'm much better now, I still stall every once in a while. You just brush it off and keep going.

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  24. Nice I remember my first ride :) GOOD LUCK

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  25. @Princy Gupta Thanks

    @The Rambler I'm not worried at all, I know it's going to be a LOT.

    @Copyboy Hopefully so.

    @Hazel I hadn't thought of it that way lol, but I guess in a sense it's true. A lot of new drivers stall a lot so I'm not that worried about it. I'm more worried about the car shooting out on me when I let go of the clutch.

    @MRanthrope It's more that I have to learn how to drive one. If I could afford an automatic from the get go I'd probably just stick with that and be a wuss myself.

    @Kid Shuffle Aye, it's a quite common problem it seems. Even when I'm a fully fledged driver I'll probably still stall it here and there.

    @Chip Thanks, I think I'm going to need it.

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  26. I drive automatic. It's how America does it.
    ( ̄  ̄_)

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  27. And this is exactly why I switched to automatic half way through.

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  28. @Henry I'll refrain from questioning their intelligence lol. Does seem far easier though.

    @DWei If I could I probably would. Would consider it at least.

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  29. I read it in his voice. fffuuuu-

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  30. @My 2 Pesos MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    @Interwebs Fails Thanks, I think I'm going to need it.

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  31. The first day I could legally drive by myself I severely scratched the car I hit while pulling out of my parking space.

    Then I drove away.

    Basically, you can't do worse than me.

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  32. @Miss Sassy Pants That sounds like a challenge. Please don't challenge me I'll do it.

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  33. Hey learning to drive can be tricky! At least thats what I told the driver of the BMW I backed into when I learned... my dad was not happy!!!

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  34. @Steve Bailey haha I'll have to remember to say that too.

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  35. Ahh, the first time someone learns manual. A harrowing, annoying experience that ultimately ended with me, at the ripe old age of 17, storming out of the car and walking 8 blocks back home after the 10th time I killed the engine. Glorious.

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  36. I don't know how to drive either.

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  37. @Generally Disgruntled I'm persistent/lazy enough to not stop the car and just walk even after that. This is going to be very harrowing before it's over.

    @Shaw hopefully I will know how soon :) I know how to start one now, kind of.

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  38. I do, however, enjoy driving manual over automatic. Origin story or not

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  39. @Generally Disgruntled Well it's not like I have a great deal of choice, I can always get myself an auto one day, but by then I'll probably be too cool with a manual. Or there won't be any manual cars anymore anyway.

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  40. There will always be manual cars so that maniacs like me may red-line in 2nd gear while trying to beat a semi-trailer onto the freeway. Winner.

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  41. @Generally Disgruntled Well he was using a trailer, he needs to be beaten.

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