So, for my reference, and to vent a little, here’s a list of things I need to work on.
- Use 4th gear to drive at 60.
- Use 2nd gear at all turns and roundabouts.
- You have 2-3 houses to pull over.
- Don’t indicate when you’ve pulled over.
- Take roundabouts at 20km/h.
- LOOK to see if there’s a car coming on your right. Douche!
- If there’s something obstructing your view, wait for it to move or take it slowly enough to avoid a car should they come.
- To reverse park, go two bays ahead, line the middle of the car up with the bay, lock the steering until you’re parallel, straighten the wheels, then reverse in.
- Drive SLOWER, especially in car parks.
- Use first gear if you have to drive slowly. It’s not just for starting.
- They’re anal about how close to the white line you stop.
- Look everywhere before you pull out of a bay.
- Engage the clutch 10 metres before you take a turn.
- Check the mirrors every single time you even think of slowing down.
- Indicate 30 metres beforehand, and slowtheheckdown no matter how pissed off the car behind you feels.
- When correcting parking, pull straight out.
- Indicate when you’re reverse parking.
- They’re not going to test you on parallel parking.
- Don’t leave your left foot on the clutch unless you’re changing gears.
- Don’t accellerate at roundabouts unless there’s no chance there’s a car on the right.
- They’re testing you on whether you’re a safe driver. Everything else is secondary to that.
What annoys me is that he said this is the "right" way to drive. I don’t believe in right, Mister. Postmodernism says I’M right. But you know what annoys me even more? The fact that I’m so terrified of failing all of a sudden that I’ll listen to everything freaking thing he says because I’m willing to grovel to prove I deserve a licence.
I should also mention that my placement for next semester hinges on whether I get my licence in time. If I don’t have my license by July 27 then I can’t do my training at Parkerville. Even if I don’t get my licence in time, I just want it so I don’t have to see my instructor again and I don’t have to sit a test ever again. Bethwyn, I’m so sorry I didn’t understand how much pressure you were under. I’m sorry for being impatient and I’m sorry I wasn’t more supportive. Congratulations on passing your test- I’m starting to realise just how big an achievement that is.
I need to centre myself before I lose it.