Thursday, 12 January 2017

Hitting The Brakes

My latest driving lesson was this past Tuesday so it's time for another thrilling installment of my attempts to learn how to drive. There was one main focus of the lesson this week. This was the week I was going to learn emergency breaking, or as they now call it, a controlled stop.
The process is really quite simple. There are three main parts to it. The first is the actual braking process. Put one foot down on the brakes, and another down on the clutch, and tightly grip the steering wheel so the car doesn't swerve. The second stage is to secure the car and check your mirrors and make sure that by braking you haven't caused another accident. Finally you prepare the car and move on after making sure it's safe to do so. We did three of these and apparently I did pretty well at them. In fact Martin told me I braked a little too harshly on one of them and stopped too soon. He also didn't hit the dashboard like TV had taught me he would. Instead he just held up his hand and told me to stop the car, which is what will happen during my driving test if it comes up.

There was still plenty of time left after conquering the controlled stop so we did some reversing. And by "some reversing" I mean "so much my neck hurt". I was less successful at that, which suggests I'll be doing a lot more of it.

Martin did say I'm on target to meet the national average for time taken to learn how to drive, which stands at 47 hours. I've done 26 hours now, meaning I'm about half way through my lessons. I really need to pass my theory test. I want to get it booked in for the end of next month. My dad has already agreed to pay for the test seeing how I'm paying for the lessons. I just need to actually book it in now.

And, you know, pass.


  1. I'm glad you're learning how to drive a car with a clutch. Good for you! While my son DOES know, my daughter has no clue how to do it. I think I failed as a parent.

  2. Controlled stop? That doesn't sound very realistic. If you want to feel safer on the road, practice your panic stops. Don't forget to scream "bloody hell" while making a sharp right and claiming bonus points for the ensuing barrel roll.

  3. Time to hit the books and start studying! Have fun and good luck!

  4. There are loads of mock theory tests on the Internet. Get practicing and remembering to keep looking out for cyclists!


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