I had my 15th driving lesson this morning. There was no warm up, ease into driving mode start to the lesson. I drove away from the house and my instructor told me to turn into a house estate nearby. I could see the roads were busy.
There was a red car parked on the side of the road. He asked me to pull up beside the car and reverse park. I was a tad nervous after my abysmal performance on parallel parking last week, but I had done my homework and checked the motions and tips on youtube and made notes. There were cars passing by and I had to let them go before I started reversing. Note: Observe all around before reversing. This is something I can improve on.
My parking was decent enough. He then told me to drive off and then less than 10 meters later, asked me to pull over and do a turn in the road. Again, I had to let cars go before I could turn, reverse and drive off but I felt rushed as there were cars waiting for me. I must make sure to get a Sunday test as the roads will be less busy.
There were a couple of roundabouts, one was slightly shaky but there weren’t many cars about so I got away with it. We also turned at junctions with traffic lights. I had to wait in the middle for the road to clear before turning left, but on one turn, took the clutch off too quickly. I didn’t cut out, but the car jerked a little.
I think the hardest part of today’s lesson was at the start. I found that I had more control of the car and speed. Note: Check the left wing mirror when you’re about to move left. That mirror remains neglected.
Lesson #16 tomorrow and then I’m taking a break next week, which my instructor think will do me good.