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.