Friday, 10 February 2012

Driving Round The Bend

This is the long awaited post of what happened when I had my first driving lesson last Friday. Today is also my second driving lesson. But back to the first. You might remember my initial crappy attempts to start my dad's car and drive a few feet. I learned why that happened. I didn't realise that a car would move if you just had the clutch down. You didn't need to hit the acceleratrix. I would crap my pants and jump when the car started moving and I took my foot right of the clutch, which caused the car to stall. So I wasn't able to start a car without exploding something.

I was able to start and stop the car several times without stalling, but I was braking too sharply still, and I found myself relaxing on the clutch. I have to keep the clutch on the floor and gently press on the brakes, but my feet kept trying to imitate eachother. If one went down hard the other did and if one was going soft the other would too. It's just something I'm gonna have to deal with.

I also made the car make some weird noises when I tried to change gears. What happened was that he told me the car was ready to change gears, and I did try to change them. See, he told me that the gear needed to be changed but he didn't tell me how to. I tried to do it myself and did it wrong. That was a Hell of a revving sound.

I also learned that even though everyone parks on the kerb (or sidewalk or pavement) you aren't supposed to. Every time I tried to pull up he went for the steering wheel. It took me mentioning to him I was trying to pull up for him to tell me this and we worked it out and I know I'm not supposed to do that. Until I pass my test.

I did a little bit of actual driving. I drove round the block a few times, but thankfully the streets were deserted. I only had a car behind me once, and I saw a huge truck I had to wait for on a roundabout. But I saw three people using their mobile phones while driving (including the reversing lorry driver).

The only thing that really went wrong was when I hit my head getting out of the car at the end of the lesson, which was what I said on Twitter. Here's hoping today goes kind of better.

52 comments:

  1. A friend of mine was trying to teach me once but he said I was trying to kill him and got out, I still don't drive to this day.....

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    1. I've not quite gotten that far but I haven't driven anyone yet. The instructor has to put up with me trying to kill him.

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  2. My son would empathise with you. He doesn't like driving a manual car much. Too much to think about. Best we can do is get him driving the Automatic. Less freak outs that way

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    1. Haha I would like an automatic but I'm too busy being poor. Plus I think I can live with a manual. It's more work but hard work has yet to kill me.


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  3. I like putting in as little effort as possible into driving. My focus is on the music. Driving automatic is the way to go.

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    1. Driving automatic is the way to go but I have to go manual.

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  4. I burned up the clutch on my Dad's car when I was first learning. We had to have it replaced, but once I got the hang of it, I was okay. Once you get going you'll love it. Go find a deserted parking lot on the weekend and drive. It's much less anxiety provoking. Keep at it!

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    1. I would like to do that, but I've not done enough lessons yet for my dad to trust me I think, and I need him in the car because he's the only around me who's been driving long enough for me to share a car with. We drove round a near abandoned industrial estate. Well, not abandoned, but very empty still.

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  5. I think the revving sound is caused because you didn't press down on the clutch when you were changing gears. I'm going to learn how to drive in the summers =D

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    1. Good luck :) I knew to put the clutch down, and did that fine, but I didn't release the accelerator. You have to let go of the accelerator and wait a few seconds before hitting it again.

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  6. This is pretty amusing. My first car was standard and like and asshole I bought it without knowing how to drive it (my parents were pissed). I learned it in a couple hours and now I refuse to drive anything but.

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    1. Haha pretty cool :) I'll have to car share with my dad for a while but I want a jeep myself.

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  7. That sounded so complicated, I think I have forgotten how to drive now, and will have to learn all over again. But actually, I don't even know how to drive a stick shift to begin with. Maybe I can google it, and have the computer teach me. That's how I have to learn how to do everything else anyway.

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    1. lol I was taught a lot by computers but getting behind the wheel taught me I still have a ways to go.

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  8. You won't believe me Mark, but I just got off an argument with my dad. He doesn't let me drive me on the main road. Its very very frustrating. But nonetheless, I'm glad I found your wonderful blog :)

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    1. I live next to a main road so I won't have much choice :)

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  9. Hmmm driving. These days it's like I'm on autopilot.
    You'll get used to the clutch and brake handling after some time, though. Wish I had a blog when I was learning to drive, though... They would have made some pretty funny blogposts.

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    1. Well here's hoping my experiences make for some fun ones :) I'm sure it will all become second nature to me eventually.

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  10. always great stories trying to learn to drive a standard..being from the country and all I have been lucky to grow up doing it :) Potato fields and back roads are the place to learn!

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    1. If I had a potato field or back road I'd be going there :) Well away from anything I could hit.

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  11. Do they have laws in England yet against using a mobile phone while driving?

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    1. As far as I know it's never been legal, but it's most definitely illegal now.

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    2. Mr. Bean had parties in his car as he drove and nothing ever happened.

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    3. Yeah but he exists outside the known reality.

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  12. omg, 3 fucking refreshes... wtf. anyways for the 3rd time. i always see the younger kids crap there pants when the start up the standard cars at work. makes me lol

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    1. 3 refreshes? damn dude. I think you would have loved my reaction when the car jumped on me lol.

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  13. I broke my stepfather's car when he tried to teach me how to drive. LOL.
    I was just 13.

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    1. I know someone who learned to drive at 13, but he was pretty successful.

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  14. My son had such a hard time when I tried to teach him a manual shift. He just got frustrated and I made him nervous. So I went home and told his father "you teach him". And he did. I learned the hard way. My brother threw me the keys and said here's the shift pattern, now go figure it out! I did.

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    1. Hehe my dad had a rough time teaching me to start the thing but that is because I kept jumping and he didn't explain to me that the car was going to do that. Though my brother insists he is a good tutor.

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  15. I'm still hella afraid of whenever I'm going to take driving lessons, so I probably won't be taking them. My bike and busses and trains get me everywhere I need to go.

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    1. Yeah but you have to deal with other people. Not for me.

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  16. Nice blog, check out mine sometime, you're in my daily circle now. kylemayday.blogspot.com

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  17. MAN WAS NOT MEANT TO GO AT SUCH SPEEDS.

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    1. I think I might actually have thought that when I was going ten miles per hour. Fuck knows how I'm going to react doing 70 on a motorway.

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  18. Learning a stick was hard for me too. Once I got the hang of it, I LOVED it. Driving a stick is super fun. Especially if you have a nice car. Not that I know anything about driving a nice car or anything. :-p

    Just keep practicing and I'm sure you'll eventually get the hang of things. You're a smart one. <3

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    1. Haha thank you :) But driving requires reactions, not spending too long thinking :P Plus I have a craptacular memory.

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  19. Ah, the first time driving a manual transmission... bring me back

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    1. I don't know why but I find your lack of weird, crazy, long, and cultural reference filled comment disturbing. At least you called it a manual transmission instead of saying stick shift or driving a stick. I have a dirty mind.

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    2. I'm too tired to make some sort of geeky, life-affirming reference about driving. Insert something about Need for Speed or Burnout or something

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  20. oh I wanna learn to drive but im shit scared of crashing. But it's a freeing feeling driving isn't it? or maybe that's just how I think it is. Hey, I know this is a really random question but how old are you? You don't have to answer if you don't want to though, no problemo i'll understand :)

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    1. It's bad enough there are I think three people here who know my age, when I started this thing I didn't even want my gender known, but Google had other plans. You said it's okay to not answer so I'm going to have to take you up on your offer :P After one lesson, I still have that dream of driving. That it's free and liberating. I don't know if it is, but for now it still is. If I don't crash you won't.

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  21. This sounds very much like my first driving lesson. I'm glad to hear that you didn't break the car or run into those other people who were rudely on their cell phones. That's more than rude, that's friggen' dangerous. I sideswiped a young lady's Eclipse with my Rust Bucket once because she sped through a red light while talking on the celly.

    Be careful, but still have fun. Find a new road and call it yours.

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    1. Well thankfully they were always behind me or oncoming. When something was oncoming we pulled up so I wouldn't hit it actually. Well I was already pulled up when something was coming and I decided to wait until it had passed. When I have a license every road will be mine.

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  22. Yeah, best place to learn how to drive is in a huge empty parking lot somewhere. Grocery store, mall, always after hours but during weekends sometimes, depending on where you've gone.

    Keep at it, m'man! You'll dig it eventually.

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    1. We had a choice between a train station car park and a near empty industrial estate, so we went to the estate.

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  23. I drove once. Was really good at reversing but not much else.

    Good luck with all future driving endeavours!

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    1. I am not looking forward to reversing at all. I have shitty depth perception.

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  24. Learning on a car with manual transmission sounds difficult to me.

    Also, I appreciate your use of acceleratrix in this post.

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    1. I appreciated it too :) It's not as difficult as it sounds, but not as easy as I thought.

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  25. You will get the hang of it eventually. You have only had one lesson after all! Well now two when you read this. Just give it time

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    1. Still only one :( He cancelled on me and my second one is on Tuesday. I would prefer to have them on Fridays though so that means that I'm going to be waiting a week and a half for my third one.

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