Monday, 20 March 2017

I Lack Fine Motor Control

I had another successful driving lesson last Thursday. I define a successful lesson as one where nobody dies. This one was also pretty successful by any other metric too. I made about three or four mistakes, which in the grand scheme of things means that I drove fine for around one hour and fifty minutes. There is some stuff worth mentioning though. So I figured I could still make a post about it. 

The first point is how I almost died - again - but not really. I was sat at a corner waiting for a truck to turn. As it turns, it shifts to the left before shifting back to the right, making me absolutely shit myself because it got a little too close for comfort. It was funny because I saw the same truck a few more times. So the driver clearly had it out for me and was trying to kill me. 

Typical truck turning radius
I know trucks have a larger turning radius and they need more room, but this fucker turned out in the middle of a turn before turning back in. So clearly the driver was the one not understanding that trucks need a little more room to turn. 

The other thing that happened was that we drove up to the test centre where I'll be taking my practical driving test. All the tests were over for the day so Martin took me up there to take a look at the place and do a little practice parking. There's a small section of the car park there dedicated to people taking their test. At the end of the test we drive back and are expected to park perfectly; a feat I am still yet to do. I understand the basic trick of it. Parking is simple physics. I just lack the fine motor control (literally and figuratively) to do it. It takes moving the car very, very slowly, and I'm just not very good at that. 

On the plus side, I was able to perfectly execute another three-point turn, and follow signs, which is something I've always been bad at. 

My next lesson is tomorrow so let's see how that goes. 


  1. Trucks drive me crazy. It's not you, it's them.

  2. "a small section of the car park there dedicated to people taking their test."
    How torn up is the asphalt? How broken is the curb? How much sweat has pooled up there?

  3. But just look how far you've come from your first lesson!

  4. As the wife of a one time truck driver and now currently wife of a bus driver I know that they need more turning room, Tim can pretty much drive anything. Some people learn to drive without any trouble others do not

  5. If it's any consolation, trucks drive me nuts, too. Like Harry said. Sure, a lot of them are great drivers, but some aren't, and I'd rather be alive than right, so whenever I see a truck I keep as far away from them as I can. Just in case.


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