I failed my first test before I went to uni and then again before my second year (without a year of driving). So then I didn't bother as, as a student i couldn't really afford it. Now I graduated from uni in July 2015, so I thought I start learning again (in March 2016, after 2 years of not driving at all, as the public transport at home is non existent (nearest bus stop is a mile away). Had another test on Tuesday and failed . I feel an injustice this time though, as I got 3 minors for the same thing (that was all I failed for!. Apparently I was going too slowly around a housing estate (30 limit) I was doing 20-25 as I believe that is sensible as cars were parked up one side and kids could walk out between them! As this part of he test was lengthy i got 3 minors for it . NOTE: there were no cars behind me so wasn't holding traffic up. Passed the manoeuvre, examiner said observations were excellent. Starting to depress me as its harming my job prospects too due the non existent public transport plus at 22 I feel embaressed, especially as all my sisters friends who are 17 can drive I have booked another test though for September as my instructor feels the issues will be fixed especially as he thought i would have passed on Tuesday.Plus, it would make life so much easier when I start my Masters degree in September, and one less thing to worry about so hopefully I'll pass next. Not sure what ill do if I don't. Apologies for any errors, typing this on my phone.
Started the left turn last lesson, did about 20 minutes doing it. Came back to it today and had 3 goes, nailed it each time. Pretty pleasing.
So far there are two minor things that i struggle a bit with
1) Stopping to close to the lights and being unsure which other lights are mine. Pretty annoying
2) Main struggle is my foot getting to high on the clutch particularly when creeping forward. It becomes uncomfortable and makes my clutch control difficult
I've had about 12 hours of lessons.
I struggle with choosing the right speed and gear to approach junctions, roundabouts, turnings, etc. I'm very, very bad at knowing when it's safe to enter a roundabout so my instinct is to always slow way too much on approach even when it's obviously safe to go, and my instructor gets frustrated at me for slowing too much. Roundabouts especially just set me into a panic where my ability to reason quickly just shuts down. Luckily my instructor takes control of steering when I hesitate too much and usually tells me exactly what to do when.
But ugh, I hate learning to drive. My next lesson's tomorrow morning, at rush hour. That'll be fun :/
Roundabouts approach in gear 2, if safe carry on if not safe then gear 1 and stop.
I struggle most with anticipating what other road users are doing and judging busy roundabouts, I feel like im getting better but I just dont think ill ever be good enough im desperate to drive though so im not going to give up.