Friday, 22 August 2014

My Learning-To-Drive Journey - Chapter Six

Emergency Stops & Recapping

Hours 7 & 8


2  Hour Lesson
Friday 22nd August 2014 

8:00AM

INSTRUCTOR "So when we are emergency stopping we don't want the child to end up under the car"

"Best not! Pahahaha"

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 Driving after a couple of weeks is very strange. my lesson actually has arrived earlier than expected as it changed to this morning instead of next Tuesday 26th as someone needed those hours for a test.

 I really did think I would have forgotten everything and lost all my ability to drive, turns out I'm better than I ever have been!



Today was filled with a recap of everything we had done before, learning to pull in a little closer to the kerb without killing the wheels and EMERGENCY STOPS!

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Since my last (3rd) lesson was 2 and a half weeks ago we recapped everything I had previously done in earlier lessons. This was approx the first 30 minutes of my 2 hour lesson.


First- Starting and Pulling off


 You'll always have a lot of practise at, since it happens first and foremost before you start anywhere and I've got this done and dusted and pretty much signed off.


Second - Junctions, Open and Closed.


This I had a few troubles with in my first few lessons, I kept forgetting to change down into first gear, when the car had stopped, ready to pull away. 
Now I must remember the routine. Mirrors, Signal, Position, Speed(Brakes & gears). This is to help plan your approach to a junction or roundabout so you can fit everything in without having to rush or 'drop out' something. (like indicators or mirrors in my case as I'm still focusing on steering in the right direction!)


Third - Roundabouts.

PERFECT. Almost
Well the odd little blip on the VERY tight roundabouts such as forgetting one thing like looking in mirrors or indicating, (which really isn't the best practise to follow, but like I said in the last Learning - to - Drive post, if I didn't do that I'd be in a bush or in the back of someone's car! haha)  
I haven't come across many mini roundabouts so far and that's listed to cover a couple on the next lesson just to look over them although he thinks I'll have them done and dusted anyway, its just covering all subject areas to sign off. 


Fourth - Crossroads

We touched very briefly on crossroad on the last lesson for about 5-15 minutes but to fully understand exactly who has priority we went over them a little more.


Fifth - Pulling up.

Getting this down now, slowly bringing the car in rather than pulling in tight hitting the wheels and being wonky!


So that was all for the recapping and getting use to the car again then onto the new stuff!


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EMERGENCY STOP!

This was one of the topics involved in driving that I was quite nervous about.
my mother and father, who both drive, explained their experiences when they where on their driving tests explaining that the examiner hit his clipboard on the dashboard in a strong aggressive manner, making them jump even before you get to Emergency Stopping.

It really wasn't bad at all.

When getting ready to command the emergency stop my instructor would turn around in his seat looking over his right shoulder to check the coast is clear. When he was sure there was a suitable place to perform the manoeuvre he place his hand in front of him in a stop sign gesture and said stop, firmly, loudly but not over the top.

When performing the emergency stop, one is not to check mirrors ( as in a real emergency you would not have time for this and you should already be aware of what was behind you if you had already been paying attention to the road) Do not use the handbrake in and emergency stop as this locks your wheels and that's a real no-no.

To perform the stop manoeuvre, you keep hold of the steering wheel and react to the stop command with foot brake then Clutch. Into neutral and on with the handbrake once stationary. Securing your car in case someone has been following you too closely and crashes into your bottom.

then calm yourself with a 2 second breather, and do your start up routine and get going again.
Easy peasy lemon squeazy!


I did the emergency stop 4 times. 2 of those time the 'child' that we where emergency stopping for, probably ended up under the car. I Almost got it by the third time but I double tapped the brakes so the back wheels skidded.
Opps! There she goes killing his wheels again! Sorry!



So a few highlights of my lesson, good and bad:
  • Emergency stops are still nerve racking, but always will be right?
  • My indicators on roundabouts with extreme turning are still non existent.
  • Steering is 100% better
  • Doing most of it on my own, and ready to go for a real drive along faster roads on the next 2 hour lesson!

I am an even more FAB-U-LOUS Driver Hehe!


Next lesson is only and hour long as I have a brainier day ahead and I find driving very mentally draining at the moment! though getting easier as my body is getting used to doing this automatically.

Next Lesson 29th August 2014


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It's definitely helping me remember how to drive by writing it all down! 

Much Love
J4!
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