So I'm back from my second driving lesson, which means I obviously survived it. This lesson was a little dicier than my first lesson, so sit back and let me tell you a story.
We actually started the lesson on a terrible patch of road next to me. It turns out that pretty much my entire town is a nightmare for driving. I knew some of it was but nah, apparently everything is. After doing some explaining and doing a little reversing to get into a better position it was mostly driving around again. This time we also practiced stopping and starting.
With this lesson my nerves played a major role. The good news is that no one died, which is fucking incredible considering that I went through not one, not two, but three busy school zones. I actually uttered the words "This is a freaking nightmare is what this is." I also stalled on a hill. On a junction. And it took me five minutes to recover because my brain practically exploded and I had no idea what the fuck I was doing with hill starts. That was not the time or the place to learn that. It really wasn't.
But after all of that it was smooth sailing for the most part. I was much better at steering this time. I only crossed my arms twice and I only did it when I was nervous. I'm a good driver when I'm cool and calm but, once my nerves go, other things start to go. I messed up gear changes a few times, went a little too slow, was a little brake happy, and steered a little too close to the kerb but, again, no one died; I didn't crash the car; and I didn't get busted for speeding after going past three speed cameras. So that's good.
I guess I just need to practice more breathing techniques and practice being more decisive. When things go wrong my brain just shuts down and that's the worst possible thing that can happen when driving. Even when shit goes wrong you need to stay in control. Just slow down a little. Stop if you need to, and breathe it all out.
In other good news I did pass a mock theory test. I should stress that was a mock test. I'll keep practicing on that side of things too and think about booking myself in for the actual theory test. My next lesson isn't for two weeks, which is a bit of a shame. My instructor is going to Cyprus for the week.
My instructor also admitted that, despite what I think. I'm further along than his other students who have been driving for longer than I have and that he's also pushed me a little harder than he has other students.
I am a good driver. I just need to remember that when things start to go a little wrong.