|There's a reason these signs are plastered all over the place|
The first came in the form of a truck. If something is parked in the road then as a driver you have to go around it. Sometimes you have to do this slowly so as to not disrupt traffic on the other side of the road. Overtaking parked cars was something that I was always nervous about at first because I was scared of potentially being hit by oncoming traffic. So what's the first thing I do when I build up more confidence in this? I almost get hit by oncoming traffic of course. A truck no less.
There was something in the road and I went to go past it slowly. I could see the truck but I thought there would be room for the both of us. Martin, my instructor, could tell otherwise and slammed the brakes on. He was cool about it but damn, that's the closest I feel I've come to dying in a car and it messed with me for the rest of the lesson.
The other incident came when we were practicing making sharp turns. It involved driving through these really cramped streets and it was kind of stressful. I was too busy stressing out to notice that there was a give way line on the road. Thankfully the place was dead because there's a lot of danger involved in not giving way. I do think that if there were cars coming I would have naturally stopped anyway, whether I knew it was a give way line or not.
Still, Martin did say that it was actually a pretty smooth drive. He must have some pretty bad drivers if he thinks that I gave him a smooth drive. Or maybe I just need to stop being so hard on myself.