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
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
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
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).
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.