Friday, 6 April 2012

Best. Lesson. EVAR

I had a really good driving lesson yesterday. Not in that I didn't make mistakes, boy howdy did I make mistakes, but overall it felt really good. I did things quite well really. I'm doing better at staying in the lane, and even though I don't have brilliant depth perception (this was my biggest problem with starting driving) I'm getting better at understanding where I am on the road. Not perfect sure, but I don't know how I achieved this level of it so it's probably good. That is it's good that I'm getting better at this and doing things more naturally, which shows I have potential, and hopefully that I can in fact drive. Or will be able to. Eventually.

I drove in the town centre today too. I was around more traffic and people than I've ever been and I handled it a lot better than I imagined I would. Actually when I realised where I was I said "Oh dear God" which made my instructor laugh. I even stalled it right there in the middle of the town centre and made one great noise because I didn't stick to exactly what my instructor said. He told me to put the hand brake on but I didn't because the car in front of me moved off. It turns out a beginner like me shouldn't do this. I still had the clutch down (for people who don't know clutch all the way down means the car won't move) and when the car started drifting backwards I panicked and put the accelatrix on, to try and move forward. If I had taken the clutch off when I had the accelatrix on the car would have shot forward, and there would have been a crash. But hey I didn't crash so it's all good. 

No matter what went wrong I was able to laugh it off and move on and focus on what was going well. I made some mistakes sure, but I'm going to learn from them.

This positive experience kind of made me think I shouldn't go into therapy after all, but I know I should. One positive experience doesn't fix everything, and I know I have a lot of deep rooted things I should get sorted out. I might be better when I'm out of the situation that causes me problems, but the problems are still there, and they will come to me in the day. Avoiding situations is no way to live really. 

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  1. Glad to hear that the driving lesson went well mate. I know from my experience that driving can be a nerve wrecking experience so it's great to hear things worked themselves out. I'd still advise you get that therapy buddy, in life good things may happen but you don't want to be just papering up the cracks so to speak. Good experiences and therapy as a form of consolidation could help mend things completely and I hope they do!

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    1. Well so far things seem to be working themselves out okay, I'll have to see if this keeps up until the next lesson. I still have a few deep rooted things yeah, I'm no good with people and I can't have a relationship for a start. I could probably do with help for some things. Only being good when not in a certain situation and actually being good are two different things entirely.

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  2. That is awesome news! It really does get easier and feel more natural the more you drive. I remember when I first started my depth perception was horrible, and while I still have some issues at night, for the most part its all gone!

    As far as the therapy goes...it can't hurt anything. I fought it for the longest time, and I am glad I finally started going!!

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    1. Well I only see out of one eye at a time (I still have peripheral vision in the other eye, so if something comes at me I should "see" it) and so don't measure distance by eyesight very well anyway. If you told me to stay a cars length away from something I'd be like "huh?" It's really bad when someone is parked in the road and I have to go around them. I'm told to leave a car doors worth of room, and I'm always too close.

      I'm not exactly sure what it is I've been fighting with regards to therapy, but I Guess it finally won.

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  3. Awesome post. So proud of you. Love that you are feeling more positive about driving

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    1. Yes that is quite a good thing ^^

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  4. See, it's starting to feel more natural already! Won't be long now 'til you're ONE WITH YOUR MACHINE

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    1. I hope I don't become one with the machine, my dad's car and my instructors car are pretty different. Here's hoping I can even drive my dads, he still won't let me go off the drive in it.

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  5. Haha! Glad your doing well!x

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    1. I'm doing better, I think I still have a little bit to go before I hit "well" :P

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  6. Didn't I tell you it would get better?

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    1. Yes you did smartypants. It is getting better, I was just going through a seriously bad time last time. Thankfully it didn't mean I lost every trace of confidence I had with driving, and I was able to pick myself up and try again.

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  7. Glad to hear you had a better experience driving this time. I'm familiar with the clutch, but we call the accelatrix the accelerator in these parts.

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    1. We do here too, accelatrix is a Simpsons reference :)

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  8. Oh god. This reminded me of my own lessons. It was manual, car kept dying because my clutch skills, bad. Once, my car died when the light turned green and I was still there when it got back to red.

    I wanted to bash my head against the steering wheel out of shame. How I passed, I have no idea. Haha. I've been driving autos for about 6 years now. Whew.

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    1. I would like to drive an auto but they're more expensive than manuals and I don't think I'll be getting my own car for a while anyway. Which is a bit of a shame but I'll live.

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  9. driving lessons... what are ya, asian? lol jk. one tip though, probably the one tip that i remember to this day, be aware of the drivers around you at all times. also they are renaming the ACTA bill, dont know to what yet but its basically the same shit but under a new name.

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    1. Sadly if I anything I try to be too alert and end up not being alert enough. ACTA was bound to come back, and they have plans for a British SOPA too, but we're going to fight that shit.

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  10. Good to hear that it went well. You will get the hang of it pretty soon, once you get used to driving and get a bit more comfortable it becomes almost second nature.

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    1. Hopefully it won't take much longer, but we'll see.

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  11. I wish ya good luck in EVERYTHING!!

    I'm probably going to learn to drive soon. Hurrr.

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    1. It's not too bad, just take a lesson (ha) from me and don't expect too much. Don't get discouraged if you don't get it all right away.

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  12. Face that fear dead on is what I always say..... unless that fear is much bigger than you... then just run!!!

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    1. Heh I'm not too brilliant at the whole face your fear thing.

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  13. I certainly am no expert on anything, but if you have the opportunity to get some good therapy might as well go for it. I have never heard anyone say, "Boy I really wish I hadn't gotten that therapy."

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    1. I don't think I've ever thought that but I have thought "Well that was a waste of time." about therapy, but that was my own fault.

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  14. I'm so glad you were able to laugh it off and have a positive time. Manual transmissions are still giving me problems, so you've probably surpassed my level of skill in that area. Kudos, Mark.

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    1. Oh the feckers still give me trouble. But I'm improving. Gotta focus on that.

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  15. It's so awesome that it went well! I'm glad you managed to have a good experience in a place you weren't expecting it. :'D. As for therapy, welp, I can hardly give any advice on the matter, but I think you should go for what feels right to you~ ^^.

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    1. I never really know what's right for me though. I can't even trust my own judgement. It makes this difficult, and yet at the same time, easy. If you're thinking that you can't trust yourself, you probably need therapy.

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  16. Haha, love this, at least it went well :D Driving's good fun once you get the hang of it. Thanks for the lovely comment too! xxx

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    1. I can't wait until I get a full and proper hang of it really.

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  17. hey I'm glad it went well :D that's awesome! keep going like this and you'll get your license before you know it ;) you're considering going to theraphy? if you're unsure of it, just wait a little and see how you feel afterwards:)

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    1. Hehe well my instructor keeps going on holiday, so at this rate I think I'll be lucky to get it by the end of the year, and that's not just an incitement about my lack of skillz. I have until Wednesday to make my mind up on the whole therapy thing. Even though I need the doctor to approve of me going.

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  18. Good on ya brometheus. I've run out of drink, so no lucid, awesome comments tonight, but I knew you'd get the hang of this whole driving business

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  19. Reading your posts in which you write about your driving lessons always gives me anxiety. It reminds me how afraid I was when I first started. But it's a good thing. I realize that it's not good to get too comfortable.

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  20. Glad to hear you're getting better! I've passed and I still stall occasionally :/

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  21. Honestly sounds like yer comin' along, m'man! Keep it up bro, soon you'll be drivin' like I can...and probably will take the bus and bike like I will be doin' again. :D

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  22. That's how some lessons go at times. I remember during one of my driving sessions, the instructor told me to drive parallel to the white line that divided the road. Only problem was that said line had faded to the point that it was imperceptible. "Drive with the white line." Me: "Or what's left of it."

    -Barb the French Bean

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  23. It's great that you're getting better at driving, just stay positive :D

    I hate the clutch.
    I had my driving test last week, there were two parts to it:
    Part 1. Slope test (drive up hill, stop at the top when you reach the yellow line, then drive down when told to do so), side parking, and 3 point turn
    2. Road test (drive out on the road, follow all rules taught etc)

    So I passed the road test but failed part 1 :( Because of the slope test. I'm okay at parking but if you fail the slope, you can't move on to parking. So I have to retake part one next wednesday -.-

    Even though I've passed my road test, I still can't imagine myself driving out on the NORMAL roads... like the roads not around the driving school.
    Scary stuff :/

    Hopefully you'll get the hang of driving soon!
    Good luck to you :)

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    1. I'm not with an actual driving school, so I'm out on normal roads all the time. I am currently in a little back area though where there aren't many cars at all, with the occasional excursion out on to the main road and just recently into the town centre.

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  24. I hope you get the theropy you need!

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