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Driving so much fun.
My first lesson was cool. I mastered turning.
My second lesson was better, I mastered turning again and was told that I did something, I can't remember what, that was hard to learn and had it down to an art. Something to do with stopping in the right location, meh.
My third lesson is where it all went tits up. I absolutely failed at the three point turn and then came the roundabouts... they were fun but I had no clue how to deal with them... I should have paid more attention I guess and I was supposed to master meeting situations, but the roads we were on were dead.
My fourth lesson was a shambles. I sorted out my clutch control and did a very slow three point turn, and I mastered reversing round corners. But then we revisited roundabouts. Well here is what ruined the rest of the lesson;
I aproached the roundabout. I went into the right hand lane and hit the curb. I waited on the curb for a gap and stalled the car when I tried to pull out too early, releasing the clutch at super sonic rates while a huge bus sails by... Well it looked huge from such a tiny car. So I pull onto the roundabout finally. I'm moving so slow everybody is trying to drive around me. And as the instructor is swearing at the cars I clip the roundabout's curb - I'm not looking where I'm going, I'm watching the other cars with shame. Seeing the last hurdle coming I speed the hell out of the roundabout. WHEW! Then when the instructor asks me to park so he can bollock me I speed right into the curb and stall the car there.
For the rest of the lesson I was pretty shaky, mainly because my instructor was pissed off that I could have broken his tire, so I fucked up for the rest of the day.
My fifth lesson was cool, I mastered my fear of the roundabout and did some beauties, I shifted gears like butter on lubed grease, travelling at 60 like the king of men I am. But when I revisited reversing around corners I fucked up earned more wrath from my instructor, and fucked up all the way home.
These are the only things I look forward to in my life right now... aside from waiting for an hour in the job centre every other tuesday so I can have a five second conversation with a dude in a dress.
Any stories from the L-plate? how long did it take you to hit the open road?
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Jesus fuck man calm down.
Pretty much the only reason I'm driving 'Illegally' now is so that I don't have to spend hundreds of pounds that I don't have on lessons. I've never driven without someone else in the car, it's just that she doesn't quite meet the over 21 (20) and 3 years experience (2 and a half) criteria. On the whole, i don't think it's entirely that careless or irresponsible.
Oh and the line about not doing much damage in a 106 was a JOKE for anyone who apparently missed that.
WELL FUCK YOU
Jesus fuck man calm down.
If I had posted now that I had lost a friend or relative to someone driving illegally, you'd feel pretty bad right now, but fortunately that's not the case. I'm not having a go at you in particluar, as this applies to everyone on the road. Nor do I want to give the impression that I'm being a bit excessive, but I really don't think there's an excuse for this. It's quite possible that someone reading this has known someone killed by a person who wasn't supposed to be driving. I would imagine they'd be quite furious at this point.
Pretty much the only reason I'm driving 'Illegally' now is so that I don't have to spend hundreds of pounds that I don't have on lessons. I've never driven without someone else in the car, it's just that she doesn't quite meet the over 21 (20) and 3 years experience (2 and a half) criteria.
Another important point to consider would be your insurance. Not quite as important as the safety bit, but still. I don't think there are many policies that cover people driving illegally. Even if you had an accident that wasn't your fault, say someone hit you, the cost will be coming from your own pocket. Saving money by not taking proper lessons could cost you much more in the long run.
On the whole, i don't think it's entirely that careless or irresponsible
If you're doing anything while driving that:
a) would cause you to fail a driving test,
b) you wouldn't want your insurance company to know about,
c) would cause the police to arrest you,
then it stands to reason that you are doing something careless or irresponsible. Again, this isn't just you, it's for everyone on the road. It seems that most of them need a few reminders every now and then.