had my first driving lesson in eight or nine months last night. it's absolutely terrifying! who in their right mind would give me the keys to this huge car (ok, it's the smaller of our two, but that's only cause my mum's mad about size and the other one's a removal van) and let me loose on the roads in it?!
am still quite traumatised from last time (yes, even though it was nearly a year ago) when i nearly hit a horse, swerved to avoid it and would have collided head-on with anything coming the other way... but this time there were no horses anywhere. phew!
dad insists that i drive pretty much at the speed limit (thank goodness we stuck to roads with limits of 60km/h or less, going 70km/h is horrible!!!). but there are too many things to concentrate on at once, so i need a safety margin or i keep accidentally going too fast. that would be typical, if i got a speeding ticket! me, who'd prefer to drive along at 30 (km/h!) or so all the time...
i wish i could just say, 'right, i'll ignore the speed for now, just concentrate on where i'm going' or 'i'll ignore rules that say who's got right of way and just concentrate on the rest' but no! there's a hundred and one things i'm supposed to be watching at once! help! i can't multitask properly! thank goodness our cars are automatics...
:-) the first time i made a right turn: completely forgot to indicate, dad's yelling 'indicate! indicate!' so i whack this lever on the right side of the steering wheel and the windscreen wipers go on! opsy! :-D turns out both the right and the left indicators are controlled by the lever on the left side... as i said, it's been a while ;-)
luckily we both survived and so did everything else along the way, although i think dad might have some more grey hair now and i scared some bollards half to death ;-) oh yes, there was a marten, which saw me coming and decided not to cross the road and a cat which thought it'd make for a good adrenalin rush if it darted across the road right in front of me. of course i panicked, lifted my feet and went 'aaaahhh! suicide cat!'... by the time i thought to brake there was no longer any point, the cat had made it safely to the other side. nasty, suicidal kitty!
Labels: driving, i'm special