Tuesday, 29 July 2014

My Learning-To-Drive Journey - Chapter Three

My First Lesson!Hours 1 & 2.


2  Hours Per Lesson
Monday 28th July 2014 

8:30AM

8:00AM Up, Ready and rearing to go.
Pacing by the front door, anxious but excited.

8:29AM Phone Blips. "Outside now :)"
Here we go!

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Jumping in the passenger side of a Kia Rio 1.1 Diesel I meet my driving instructor. A casual "hello, how are you nice to meet you" provides instant calming effects to my nerves.

The instructor drives us to a nice quiet location to discuss formalities, takes a look at my drivers license, including the paper counterpart (you must remember this!) Also he checks I can see by requesting I read a number plate from a set distance.

Now I'm In the driving seat... 'What if I crash the car? Am I going to die?
Sounds stupid but these things really do cross you mind when you are in control of something so possibly destructive haha

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So first is running through the initial checks in your car. these things are taught in varying ways depending on your instructor. But always start with cockpit checks.

Seat adjustment,
Seat Belt,
Mirrors.
Make sure everything is comfortable and you feel ready to drive.

When it comes to this specific car I am learning in I have to push the clutch down then turn the key to start the engine.
'Oh it's so quiet!'
I really did think if was going to be louder than this, but its virtually silent.

After the initial start-up you want to get ready to drive, so I do.
Clutch is already down, into first gear, hand on handbrake, clutch up to biting point. 
Full circle checks from left to right: Over left shoulder checking blind spot, into left wing mirror, rear view mirror, right side mirror, and right shoulder blind spot.

All Clear?

Handbrake off, hold clutch foot at biting point and concentrate on steering and pulling out. up gently off clutch and right foot gently on the accelerator (Gas).
changing into second gear is a doddle, Left foot down to floor with clutch, pull back on gear stick into second and slowly off clutch.

"This is easy!"

So stopping is pretty much the same thing but backwards, 
choose a space to pull up, check mirrors (Rear view then left), off the accelerator/Gas, foot break then clutch, slowly steering in... not too far...waaaaaaaaa!

Mounting the kerb and scratching the brand spanking new rims and tires.
WHOOPS!

"I'm sorry, I'm sorry"

INSTRUCTOR - 
'No problem, easily done, don't panic, 
but I'd rather you didn't beat my car up hahaha ;)'

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For the remaining time in my lesson I gained more knowledge of the car stalled a few more times and moved onto pulling in and out of junctions doing both left and right turns.
Most manoeuvres I did a initial run through and he would talk me through it. Then we would go through it briefly afterwards once pulled up in a suitable place.
 
However if I was feeling nervous on a topic my instructor explained it verbally first with the help of diagrams in his book.
So a few highlights of my lesson, good and bad:

  • I managed to pull out in front of a bus, I'm sure it had stopped!
  • I Scratched up his Rims and wheels... Two weeks old!
  • I had trouble turning corners so we practised 90 degree turns in a car park.
  • I'm good with clutch control after the first few stalling blips.
  • Since I have passed my theory, I have good knowledge on how to use the road.


All in all a fantastic experience so far but one of the first things to pop into my mind.
"Why haven't I done this sooner than now?!?"

That was sooooo fun!

Next one is on Thursday 31st July 2014.
...Stay tuned...


Much Love
J4!
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