Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Well That Wasn't So Bad

Before getting in to this post I just want to let you know that I received some bad news about my driving instructor. He recently suffered a stroke and had surgery. I'm not sure when I'll get another lesson, or if I'll even get another from him. I hope so, he was a really cool guy and I wish him a speedy recovery. He's also a friend of my dads. His wife called me on Monday and only told me what had happened to him, and didn't say anything about lessons. My guess is if he feels up to it again then he'll contact me.

This is the post I was going to make last week when I decided instead to post about my weight loss.

I had myself yet another driving lesson. Well I do keep having them, until I pass my test, so it shouldn't be that much of a surprise. Once again I did something I have never done before. I went into a small town down the road. That's right I live in a small town next to a small town. Anyway this meant that I did three things I have never done before.

1) I went into third gear
2) I went 50 mph (about 80kph if you're wondering)
3) I went past some small roundabouts.

Because the law works in more mysterious ways than God the small patch of road between the two places has a speed limit of 50mph and on the way back its a big downhill. So whether you want to or not you'll probably hit 50.

I was scared when I hit 30, imagine how I'd feeling going that fast. I got used to it though. Once I got over the initial "holy cow I'm going pretty fast here" I was okay. I didn't panic or anything. I did keep my foot over the brake though, just in case. I didn't hit anything though which was great. I was able to drive past construction, at 50mph, and not smash into anything. Yay me.

The roundabouts were easy enough too because it was just a painted circle in the road. Not like the roundabout outside where my mum lives which is HUGE. I don't really plan to go around that. I can't anyway until I pass my test because I have to hit the motorway to do that. Can't do that until I pass my test.

The things I did not so good on as per usual was my braking. What's kind of odd about that though is that sometimes I'm perfect with the brakes. I make even myself proud. Sometimes though it just goes all wrong and I brake too sharp, or not enough. I got both of those done today. I also got some great braking in of course.

Apparently I'm also making some mistakes with turning. Well, STILL making mistakes with the turning. But a new one has appeared. I shouldn't be letting the wheel adjust itself after a turn. Normally when I make a turn I just let go of the wheel and let it flip back to it's original position unless it's a really sharp turn. I should be turning it back myself though. It took him a while to say this to me mind, I've been doing it all the time. Ah well.

Focus on the good stuff. Like going faster and further than I've ever been before and managing it okay. Plus he told me I have been improving. He also says that I need to have some form of control in order to go on the main road at all. He must have some confidence in my ability if he had me go onto it properly lately.

I guess.

37 comments:

  1. That's too bad. I had a science teach that suffered a stroke once. It was really a shame because the sub for the rest of the year wouldn't let us do any fun experiments.

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  2. Congratulations on picking up some serious steam with last week's driving lesson but I'm so sorry to hear about your current instructor man, here's hoping he's primarily okay and secondly able to teach you as soon as he recovers.

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  3. Sorry to hear about your instructor, Hopefully he'll make a speedy recovery.
    Glad to hear you're making progress with your driving though. You get used to going that bit faster, nothing nicer than driving down the motorway full speed, sun shining and music playing. It's great(:

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  4. Hey there Mark, I hope your instructor can make a full recovery. My grandmother had a stroke a couple years ago - and although she's partially paralysed, she worked really hard at getting better which made a huge difference.

    Good job on all that driving! I don't have a license but would love to get one. I've done a lot of karting in France when I visit - but driving on the highway would be so much fun!

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  5. Sorry to hear about your instructor but you're allowed to go 50mph as a learner? Over here learners can't go above 45mph

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    1. Well he knows all the rules and he's told me I can't do a bunch of things I thought I could, but he never mentioned that. We aren't allowed on the motorways but I'm not sure if that's to do with the speeds. Plus we couldn't avoid this road anyway so I didn't have much choice.

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    2. Maybe it's different in England. Over here when we pass, we put up R plates but I don't think you guys do that. We couldn't go on motorways either because you have to go a minimum of 70mph on them so obviously learners can't go that fast.

      Maybe use are allowed to go 50mph but I seriously doubt he would let you go 50mph if you weren't allowed to just because you were on a main road.

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    3. I think if I wasn't allowed to hit 50 he wouldn't let me take that road anyway :) When we pass we can put up P plates, that say we just passed, but they aren't mandatory and I don't see them often. You can also take "Pass Plus" courses which are things you can't do until you have your license, such as driving on motorways.

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  6. How long before you take the test!

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    1. Probably still some time yet. I don't know any maneuvers.

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  7. That's really bad, hope it will be better soon!

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  8. lol one year in college i had 3 teachers crap out on me and die. true story.

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    1. I'm beginning to suspect you had something to do with it.

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  9. CongratS on speeding up! Sorry to hear about your instructor.

    We have circles here and truth be told you wouldn't beleieve how many people get confused about driving them. I just want to scream, "IT'S A CIRCLE PEOPLE!!"

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    1. Hehe it's not that simple really I've found. Especially near my mum's where there's this really huge one. But I had to go around really small ones which were essentially in the middle of the road. I had to drive out to drive back in.

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  10. It may be really fast and shit, but at least it's mostly a big straightforward road with very little complicated turns and rules to keep track of.

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    1. It is just pretty much a straight road but it's also a bit of a hill. So either my foots over the brakes or I'm having to press harder with the accelatrix.

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  11. oh! that is so sad :( I hope he gets better soon.

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  12. Sorry to hear about your instructor. But still progress is progress, so congrats on that.

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  13. I got pulled over for doing 120 mph in a 40 mph zone when I was about 16. I didn't have a license and I'd "borrowed" my dads car. The officer didn't give me a ticket for speeding. The power of tears works when breaking the law!

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    1. Hey it also helps to be a cute perky young lass.

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  14. That's really sad news about your instructor, hopefully he'll get better soon. I didn't have enough lessons to get to 50mph, but I'm sure that when I do I'll have pretty much the same reaction. Getting to 20 was enough to make me shake! Well done :) xxx

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    1. Getting to 10 initially proved enough to make me shake :) the more you go at speed the more you get used to it and don't really realize how fast you're going.

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  15. Feels MUCH faster when *you're* the one driving, doesn't it?

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    1. It bloody well does. I wasn't expecting that at all.

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  16. Sounds like your making vast improvements! I hope your instructor recovers well, but if you get another instructor I hope you show them how good a driver you are!

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    1. Part of me hopes I don't get a new instructor because it will be like starting from zero. I'll be nervous and make mistakes, like when he got a new car. Plus he's a really cool guy and I like him.

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  17. For a minute, I thought you were going to say that the speed limit from one town to the next altered. I often have that happen to me within the same street. --.--

    I hope your instructor makes a speedy recovery!

    -Barb the French Bean

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    1. Nah the speed limit was the same in both towns, it just changed on about maybe half a miles worth of road between them.

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  18. So sorry. Hope he's on the road to recovery.

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  19. sorry to hear about your driving instructor...a similar thing happened to me just before my first test, it was a very stressful day.

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  20. Sorry to hear about your instructor. Hopefully, he'll have a full recovery. I remember the series "Speed Racer" from my youth. Perhaps you can watch some of the old episodes for inspiration.

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  21. I am sorry to hear about your driving instructor. I wish him a speedy recovery.

    I rarely go above 50mph, even on the freeway. It makes a lot of people very angry, but that's not my problem. Americans need to learn to control their anger. And as far as breaking is concerned, I never stop behind the line. Guess you wouldn't want to drive anywhere near me.

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  22. Sorry about your instructor. Glad to hear you're trying new things though. :D

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  23. Oh gosh, hopefully your instructor will recover soon!

    I prefer to have the same instructor instead of changing every lesson. But I had a different person almost every class :/

    I actually just got my license! But I'm still scared to go out on the road without an instructor :/

    Good to see you're improving!

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  24. Hope you're instructor gets better soon. Sounds like you're making great progress :)

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