Today’s lesson went well. We did a few roundabouts, parallel parking, turn in the road and turning at junctions with traffic lights. One big lesson learnt today was that I shouldn’t take for granted that the road ahead will be clear upon exiting a roundabout.
Just as I got off the 3rd exit at one particular roundabout, a bus pulled away from its stop. I’ll be honest. I didn’t see the bus, and I certainly didn’t see it pull away. I was too busy thinking about changing gears. My instructor alerted me to the fact that the bus was pulling away and I almost hit the gas pedal instead of the brake!
I was slightly shaken up after that.
I could do with a bit more practice with parallel parking. I should also stop dry-steering and start locking the wheel in the midst of manoeuver when doing the turn in the road.
I’m also a bit slow to change into a lower gear when approaching roundabouts. In theory what I should be doing is braking gently when approaching roundabouts (especially busy ones), switching into a lower gear and then driving on when the coast is clear.
I’m taking a break from lessons next weekend. I’m not sure if this is a good idea, but I’m looking forward to having a lie-in.