Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Bringing You Up To Speed

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.

46 comments:

  1. You're right lilac isn't purple, it's lilac. I hate being in weddings. It's terrible to be asked to participate in something that's going to end up a complete mess and pretend you're happy about it. It's harder than learning to drive and ultimately more dangerous. I'm glad you're getting better at driving and will have a chance to practice with your dad.

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    1. Haha I'm not sure this is doomed to fail, but well I'll do anything if you give me a suit and give me an excuse to wear purple. I hope I can retain all my driving knowledge until next week.

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    2. The think I keep forgetting is that when I learned there was so much less traffic on the roads. If I had to learn to drive in a busy city, I wouldn't be able to do it. My daughter got her license but she hates to drive and rarely does it and it's because of the traffic congestion these days.

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    3. Well living next to the main road I kinda have to deal with traffic, but it is going to be the biggest problem I have. I wasn't on the main road for long, maybe about 10 seconds at most, but I did handle it quite well I think. I don't really handle traffic well as a passenger never mind a driver.

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  2. You can do this! I promise. Everyone has their thing that scares them to death when learning to drive. It will get easier...hang in there =D

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    1. Well if I am improving then it seems I can maybe possibly do this :)

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  3. I forget how much there is to driving. When I read your posts, I begin to wonder how it is that people don't crash more often. Not that I want it to happen. Far from it. I think I am giving up on driving. Once I move to England, it's public transportation only.

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    1. If I'm so afraid of public transport I want to drive that should give you an idea of why you should avoid British public transport. Though hey it's not that bad. I guess the reason people don't crash is because they can actually drive.

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  4. Physics always come in handy.

    And for a sec there I was like "wtf he drives on the left side" but then "oh yeah England. Cool."

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    1. You don't drive on the right side of the road, you drive on the wrong side.

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  5. getting really busy with driving huh? well, I'd rather be in the backseat. Learning to drive is the least thing I wanna do. haha

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  6. I've never been in a wedding before, I know it's rare but is for real.

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    1. I think this will be my fourth wedding and the second I've had a role in. I was the page boy at my sisters first wedding.

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  7. Maybe you're not meant to drive, we are a small band of people though....

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    1. My sister can't drive at all, but I think with me actually managing to improve, I can do this.

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  8. I'm so used to driving now that I end up doing it without putting much thought into it. Reading your posts reminds me of the old days when I was still learning to drive.

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    1. Think about how good you've become now then :)

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  9. Purple tux and clutch control. Your life is way more fascinating than a carless dude from NYC.

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    1. Hey as far as I know it's good to be carless in NYC, you get around faster by walking and I imagine you'd see so much more.

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    2. You're right. Walking and public transit are way more convenient than driving in big cities like NYC and Philadelphia.

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  10. Glad to hear that your lessons are going well. I can't wait until you have to learn to hold a car on a hill with only the clutch and gas. =]

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    1. That was pretty much what I had to do this time. It was a small incline though.

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    2. Then you're good! My dad always sais if you can't hold it on a hill you shouldn't be driving it. It freaked me out the first time I had to do it but I managed without rolling.

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    3. Well it wasn't that bad, I'm not too bad with precision, it's just that when I get nervous it's all out the window.

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  11. one day you'll cruise down the streets in your car with no worries, you just wait and see dude :) and aww congrats to your sister for getting married! good luck with being an usher ;)

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    1. I'm hoping it means I get pick of the bridesmaids but I believe that goes to the best man, and most of them are my sisters or nieces. So NOPE.

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  12. Yes, you should stop writing and talking about crashing. Buddy Holly was always singing about "the day that I die" and look what happened to him. Though I guess the chances of dying for humans is approximately 100%, so perhaps that isn't the best example.

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    1. I'm going to start singing about "the day I get laid"

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    2. I'm with Interwebs Fails on this one. If Buddy had sang specifically about a plane crash I'd be worried. We're all going down eventually, might as well try to take someone else down with me.

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  13. many wishes to your sister. my cousin is getting married in july i think. i hope im not apart of the wedding party. too much responsibility

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  14. LOL I always thought Lilac was closer to blue on the spectrum than purple. I might be wrong though...fairly certain I might be wrong in this case.

    Huh.

    Keep it up on not crashin', m'man!

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    1. I think lilac is partway between pink and purple. It's just not purple, that's all I really need to know about it.

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  15. This is why I never bothered to learn to drive. Plus, I'm kinda blind in one eye so that probably wouldn't work out well... unless I never take any right turns.

    http://teganwilson.blogspot.com/

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    1. I only see out of one eye at a time, and I'm partially short sighted in my right eye. But my brain will still register what comes at me from the left, I'll still react, even if I'm not sure I've actually seen it. It's odd and I'm not really sure how it works, or if it really works like that.

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    2. I only see out of one eye at a time, and I'm partially short sighted in my right eye. As far as I know though I still register what I see out of my other eye, even if I don't really "see" it. I'm not sure if it works that way, or how it works at all really.

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  16. don't worry, you'll get soo used to driving eventually you won't even need your hands to steer anymore. haha. I use my palms or wrist sometimes while I text, change my iPod, look for sunglasses, etc etc.

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    1. I'm not sure how much of that is legal.

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  17. I really should take up driving lessons soon. But then again, it's not like I'll be able to afford a car in the near future.

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    1. I'm going to be car sharing with my dad for a while but I can get a basic bike license and get a bike if I need to move around that much.

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  18. @ Vatinam+
    Wish you a good day and full of joy...

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  19. The idea crossed my mind when I was reading the older post.. but then I remember your post last year, about your sister getting married. I also want to have lavender on my wedding.. Wait.. Lavender=purple=lilac.. They're different colors, right? :)

    So you're doing great and your driving skills are improving! Yey!! XD

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    1. Well lavender is closer to purple than lilac is, lavender I could live with. If you have lavender can I come? :P

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