First off a quick note to clear up any possible confusion caused yesterday. I am not getting married. If I had a love in my life, I probably wouldn't be so bleak. My sister is getting married and I get to be her usher. My only regret is that the suit isn't as purple as I thought it would be (Lilac is NOT PURPLE!) and I don't think I'll get to keep the suit. Those are the only reasons I really agreed to do it. Anyway, on with the real show for today.
Welcome to another adventure in the series of "My Attempts To Not Crash", as per usual that's a working title. Should I release my memoirs one day though that may be the title of the section that deals with my driving lessons. Or I suppose if I die in a car crash that can be my epitaph. "This is the end of the story of my attempts to not crash." I shouldn't be thinking about that though, right?
So that implies I didn't crash, which is quite true, which is very good considering I faced more oncoming traffic today, did a downhill start from too close to another car than I would have liked to have been, and went on the main road. In case you're wondering what I was doing on the main road I live on one and instead of driving me back home my instructor felt the need to make me do it. Lazy fucker. But that was at the end of the lesson. When I was already having panic attacks.
Oddly enough though I started great, I even got better with braking. Now my major problem I need to work on is steering. I turn way too early, and I drift too close to the pavement. Again this is another mental barrier I have to push through. I'm so concerned with staying in my lane and not hitting something oncoming that I actually get too close to the other side and have a different kind of accident. I also need to realise that a car can make a much sharper turn than I give it credit for. I can turn, but it's not very smooth at all, and the back wheels come pretty close to hitting the pavement, which isn't good.
I learnt clutch control properly today. Seems odd to leave it until the fourth lesson but that's that. For those of you who don't know (it turns out I didn't really know either) this is where you use the clutch to control the car. As the name implies. Which I'm just realising now. If you let the clutch go a little, you will crawl forward, if you press it in more, you'll stop, or move a little backwards depending on the angle of the car. So basically you have to get the clutch in just the perfect position where the cars momentum and gravity are exactly the same and the car remains stationary. Who thought physics would come in handy with driving cars?
So anyway one of the main functions of this is that if you're coming up to a junction or a turn and you may need to stop, you can just crawl up to it using the clutch and brake a lot easier. Unless you're me. Like I said for the start of the lesson things seemed to go smoother, but then I started making mistakes, and then my confidence was shot. When I make one mistake that's it, I'm screwed. The biggest mistake I made was an annoying ass junction. I'm not sure how well I can explain it but basically at the bottom of a road, there is a mini roundabout, with a road leading left off of it. If you come in from the left side, you have to go left around the ring and then stop before you hit the road. There are also two lanes there, and I had to go onto the right lane because I was turning right. Because I have it drilled into me that I should drive on the left side of the road though, I kept naturally going into the left one.
I seriously jump out my seat ever time my instructor grabs the wheel. I know the less mistakes I make the less he'll do it though, so hey it's great motivation I guess.
He did say I'm improving though, that's something to take from it.
Also my dad says that after 10 lessons he'll allow me to drive in his car with him for extra practice. It seems a lot to me but I can see his reasoning. I don't think I'm good enough to do it with him right now, and I seem to be a bit of a slow learner when it comes to this. I'm even forgetting to check my blind spot when moving off now. At least I still check my mirrors every time I have to.
Anyway, improving, gotta focus on that.
I also didn't have a lesson this week, my instructor was on holiday, so I have to think of something else to write next week. Oh well.