Thursday, September 01, 2005

Driving SUCKS!

As you probably know, I've been taking driving lessons for a couple of weeks now. Yes, I know it's rather late for me to do so (for those who don't know me, I'm 34 years old, and never gotten my license). Well, I'm up to my 5th lesson now, and I'm TERRIBLE! My instructor, Lance, says I should be ready to take my test by mid November. As far as I'm concerned, I'll NEVER be good enough to drive! On my last lesson, he taught me how to parallel park, to reverse park, and to do U turns in the start of the street (there's a proper word for that, but I'm screwed if I can remember what it is). I can do the U turns pretty well, can parallel park OK if there are no other cars in the vicinity, but reverse parallel park? NO WAY! I have NO idea what he's talking about, that the side mirror has to be lined up with this thing, that the wheels have to be this far away from the kerb..uhh like I cant see the fucking wheels! I can barely keep the damn steering wheel straight! I've run up kerbs, put my foot on the accelerator instead of the brake, pulled out in front of oncoming cars, I'm hopeless! He says I should be learning more in my dad's car, between lessons, but I seriously don't trust myself. At least in the learning car, he has brakes on the passenger side, so if I do fuck up, he can use his! I really don't think I'll ever get the hang of driving, and that's not good, because I'll not be a safe driver. Hopefully I can change that, but, after 5 lessons, if I can't even do something as simple as turning a corner without going up the kerb, I don't think I'll ever get the hang of it.


nenni said...

stick it out, sweetie!! if he is telling you when he thinks you'll be taking a test, then he thinks you'll start doing well. DON'T GIVE UP!! never ever give up because you'll kick yourself later =(
If I lived beside you, I would take you out driving! I taught a friend of mine and she ended up passing (second time around mind) her test after 10 lessons. Just try not to panic, which I know is hard, but once you do that, you'll sail through it!

nenni said...

driving is not difficult at all, you need to learn to relax. This isn't brain surgery, driving a car is easier than riding a bike. You're probably messing up because you're freaking out about not wanting to mess up. You just need to go with the flow, if you do something wrong, just try it again until you get it right. The guy is an instructor, he's used to people sucking. Learn from your mistakes, and you'll be driving in no time. It really is easy, I can practically sleep while driving, and I have a manual.