Lesson 2? Your thoughts perhaps may consist of… is she actually writing about all eight lessons? Well… yes! But today I thought I’d sum up lesson 2 and 3 together so my blog doesn’t start to look as if I’m a mechanic. Catch my drift? *My new saying of the month?*
As promised, many of the habits were reiterated during the second lesson. This time I was instructed to drive directly from the parking lot to, well who knew where. This lesson might as well have been an episode on the game show Jeopardy. My instructor explained that this would be one of the harder lessons. Not only do you need to keep both eyes on the road, try to make as few errors as possible and impress the instructor, but he/she also asks about the habits at the same time. You have to have your undivided attention on the road, but your brain has to be able to search for answers at the same time. After driving around for about 15 minutes, we ended up pulling into a quiet parking lots so I’d be able to practice parking. Who would have thought that reverse stall parking can be so effortless? During this lesson I also learned how to do a three-point turn and how to properly park on hills. Some other things that I practiced included picking the point of no return, right hand turns and lane changes. For those of you unfamiliar with the point of no return, it is the position when it is impossible to stop at a yellow or red light.
As for the third lesson, there were a few main maneuvers that I was taught to execute. They included parallel parking, running commentary and left turns (S-approach). My instructor directed me to a quiet complex where I was taught how to parallel park. Not only do I need to know this skill for thee test, but it is necessary if I want to be able to drive downtown! A little tip I was told is to line up the side mirror a meter away from the side mirror of the vehicle in front, then to pick an object in line on the other side. When you’re backing up and see the object lined up with your car, start steering in the other direction. If you already drive, that might make sense, otherwise it eventually will 🙂 The other important exercise is S-approaches. When you want to make a left turn in an intersection, there are a few steps to follow. This can be found in the link at the bottom of the page.
During both lessons, the habits are constantly brought up. If you take a driving course, you’ll probably review thise, but they are crucial to being a safe driver.
The stuff I mentioned today can be described in more detail if you click here. Other than that, the fourth lesson, which I just took yesterday will be up this weekend.
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