Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Turning A Corner

Yes, I'm going to keep using driving puns, yes I'm running out already, and yes I'm going to use them as long as I can. Like I mentioned my driving lesson was held off until the Tuesday (and my next one is today) and as you can see, I came out alive once again. Though there were more close calls this time.

There was more a lot more traffic this time, and everyone decided to park in the street, so I was driving on the wrong side of the road most of the time and shitting myself whenever I see another car. I also had more cars behind and in front of me including a fucking truck and two motorcycles. I have gotten much better at changing gears though, and knowing just where the things in the car are. I don't look at what my hand is going to as much. Not perfected the pedal position yet though.

I also did an impromptu three point turn when he accidentally lead me down a dead end road. Though I didn't do it myself actually. I just controlled the steering while he controlled the pedals. It still counts though, I've done a three point turn and I don't care what people say.

One of the only major mistakes I made (in my mind at least) is when I accelerated down a hill instead of just rolling down and having to do a sudden brake. I also haven't quite perfected braking at all actually. I either brake too sharply or too softly.

Also at the end there wasn't room to pull up so I had to pull into a car park and go behind a bus (that was as scary as it sounds) and park properly within the lines. I almost, really, made it. I was just about to pull in properly when I stalled the car. What matters though is that I was inside the lines and I can drive straight. I could have made it.

Of course it also matters that I didn't crash the car, and that my instructor said that I'm improving. Yay me!

65 comments:

  1. Once you get the hang of it and get behind the wheel of a car that will really open up on the straight-away, you'll love it. Not much beats doing 120 mph on a back road where there are no cars and no cops.

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    1. I don't really know any backroads like that, but I'll keep an eye out for them.

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  2. Just keep cool and everything should be just fine! :)

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  3. You know what I love about driving? Parallel parking. My poor father pulled out most of his hair trying to teach me ( he really didn't. he was rather patient.), and I couldn't get it down. But once I got my license and realized I would have to learn (San Francisco is all about parallel parking), I did it. Before I knew it, I was an expert at it.

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    1. Parallel parking is something I'm not looking forward to. My dad never does it, so I guess I also have an inbuilt fear of it, but I'm not looking forward to that at all.

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  4. You will keep improving and your confidence will grow and before you know it you will be operating automatically.
    Well done you, so proud that you are doing this

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    1. Well that's going to change when you read next weeks write up of this weeks lesson :P Sorry but my confidence is seriously shot right now.

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  5. Been driving for a long time and yet no license for me..I should really just go get one :/

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    1. Yeah pretty sure you should lol.

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  6. driving becomes second nature after a while. its all about ignoring the thought that EVERYONE is watching. You`ll love it.

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    1. Kinda hard to ignore that thought when you have an instructor next to you who grabs the wheel when you screw up.

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  7. You gotta think op more driving puns FAST, or else you'll lose control and crash!
    But seriously puns are the best kinds of jokes. Keep going.

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    1. As much as I love puns if I can't think of them I can't think of them.

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  8. good luck
    hope you will master the skills very soon

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  9. Well, let me offer some advice that will save you money down the road. When you come towards a stop sign, or light (whether it is green or red or yellow) always start to slow down. Lots of sudden breaking wears out your break pads fast, and replacing them is costly and a pain in the rear.

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    1. I think if you don't slow down heading to a green light you don't know much about how the universe works.

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  10. I don't know much about driving, but I do know that you're not supposed to text, eat, cook, change clothes, pee, have sex, or sleep while driving. Good luck and try not to kill yourself and your instructor!

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    1. No sex? I don't want a car anymore.
      (Implying I have sex)

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    2. That's what they really mean when they ask if you can drive stick shift.

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  11. u dont have it yet? the older i get the more i wonder if i was like the only person to get his at 16, but in my day that was normal. dont get kids nowadays ;)

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    1. I just didn't go for it and I kept putting it off. Maybe I was trying to tell myself something with that.

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  12. Now what will be interesting is when I get on the road *rubs hands together*.. hehe.

    Good luck and get your license already so that you can come visit me when I go to England :D

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    1. Sadly sweets I don't think that's likely to happen. I'm not very good at this at all.

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  13. good times!! practice makes perfect!!

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    1. Yes but I don't get enough practice.

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  14. i managed to fail my 2 driving tests :(
    going to have my third attempt next week

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    1. Good luck, I think it took my brother three or four times.

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  15. Practice makes perfect.
    When I first started learning, It took me months before I could change gears without looking at the gear knob whilst doing it! But i got there eventually.
    Same with the braking, it'll eventually just click. And sod's law, when u get the hang of breaking, your instructor will tell you to do an emergency break!
    Keep up your good driving :D

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    1. Well I nearly exploded the car the first time I changed a gear, but I'm good with computers and video games, once I get used to the controls, that's it, I'm just fine finding them all.

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  16. Yep, when you don't have to look down to know where the controls are you know you're getting more comfortable with a control setup. That holds true for video gaming and driving. Next you'll start to think the speed limit is too slow.

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    1. I've said it before and I'll say it again, 10 miles an hour and 20 miles an hour are faster than I thought. When I've been driving for a while though and the speed becomes more normal to me, I will be thinking that.

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    2. Oh, yeah I forgot all about that. The first times behind the wheel, even just an idle crawl does feel like the car is moving pretty fast.

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  17. good luck! :) eventually you'll get the hang of everything and remember, practise makes perfect (:

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  18. Nice to see that it's going easier for you. Pretty soon, you'll have little trouble, if any at all.

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    1. I had a lot of trouble today, but more on that next week.

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  19. Glad it's going well for you and that you didn't crash :D
    You'll love it once you really get the hang of it.. so much freedom!

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    1. I'm still waiting to get the hang of it.

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  20. Yay! And you're right, I should have stuffed myself with pancakes but it didn't happen. Damn university life and no money...well done on the driving front though, I need to pick my lessons up again. xxx

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    1. You need to eat pancakes soon. They're an all year food.

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  21. It'll be like second nature before you know it...and Anne is right nothing beats bombing down a road at 120mph although I'd choose German autobahns over country roads.

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    1. Autobahns seem fun but I'm not sure if you can actually ever hit top speed unless you go at a really non-busy time. If they exist

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    1. Thanks, though I don't feel I've earned it.

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    2. I never got my drivers licence!

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    3. Barring some kind of me getting rich or being sane I don't think I'm going to be able to really get around without one.

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  23. I was scared to death learning to drive and now I could be a professional race car driver if I chose...which I choose not to be. You'll do great!

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    1. Maybe you should have chosen to, it's pretty damn lucrative.

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  24. I nearly rolled my Dad's van learning how to drive from taking a corner too fast. So uh, take your time. :) You'll get it!

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    1. I've not rolled anything just yet at least :)

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  25. Sounds like you're genuinely doin' better, m'man! Keep up that keepin' it up, y'knowwhatImean?

    Even if you do take a step back, compensate by taking two steps forward~!

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    1. Haha the problem is that I started out so badly, I really need to be doing better.

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  26. At least you're getting practice. I haven't driven in ages and my girlfriend has been kind of hinting that I should again...

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  27. I think years of playing video games probably helped train me to drive a car long before I turned 15. The one thing I didn't get was which way to move the switch to operate the turn signals.

    Also, of the three different instructors I had to spend time with one of them demanded that I whip my neck around to look over my shoulder faster than I could without it causing pain.

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    1. I'm fine with the indicators. He told me to move them in the direction I had to move the wheel to turn that way. As in if the indicators were on the left hand side, I would move them up to signal right because I move that side of the wheel up to turn right.

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  28. My last driving instructor refused to teach me anymore.

    Apparently I am dangerous.

    OK this is the last comment I'm leaving as I know you will feel the need to go back and reply to all of them, so I'll just read until I get to where I was last here and make faces at the screen instead.

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    1. My guy said that I would make people puke with my sharp brakes.

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  29. Haha, I can relate to thsi so much, I had my first driving lesson yesterday. I have to learn in manual and it's sooo complicated and scary O.O

    But yes, I try to make myself feel better by saying at ;east I didn't crash the car :P
    My instructor is not as nice as yours, she got pretty frustrated with me at some points.
    I hope I get better. And oh god, I haven't started learning parking yet, that's gonna be a whole new nightmare.

    Good luck to you! :D

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    1. Haha the instructor is a friend of my dads so he's quite nice to me. I haven't learnt parking yet, well not properly but I have learnt how to pull up at the side of the road.

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    2. Oh and good luck to you too!

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