Had a lesson today, after my last lesson where we focused on pedal control. Today's lesson was about emerging left/right from junctions without stopping, and carrying on.
My main problem was that after Id' put it into 1st gear, and slowly creeped up to the edge, I stalled about twice. Im not sure what to do with the clutch, do I slowly bring it up? Also, today we spent about half hour doing this, and Im thinking we'll spend the next lesson on it also. Is that same for the rest? Ure instructor teaches you something around about the half hour mark of a lesson, then spends the majority of the next lesson working on that skill?
Also, does anyone else talk to themselves in their head when they are driving? My instructor made some mention of this, I havent done it but I might do as it might help me concentrate as sometimes IMO my mind drifts off abit.
Im alot more confident about gear changes, they went alot smoother.
i kept hitting the kerb in my lesson yesterday - well 3 times!
I absolutely, completely, utterly HATE roundabouts. I either sit there for ages, missing loads of gaps, or I go at completely the wrong time. I must have done the same roundabout about 30 times today because I'm so crap at judging when I should and shouldn't go.
My biggest problem is, I spend more time concentrating on the car rather than looking at road signs, pedestrians. It's so hard to do two or more things at once.
Got my 2nd automatic lesson in half an hour. Still can't get rid of these nerves, after 28 hours of tuition lol..
ETA; My lesson went really well... though pulled out of a slip road into the path of a car going at 70 and got beeped lol I'm sooo not used to driving auto.. I would've given it some welly in the manual to get my speed up, so need to remember I'm driving an automatic lol. But, I did turn in the road which went fine (the steering locked up, so had to give up on it) but my bay parking went really well - didn't miss the lines at all, and the last one I was smack bang in the middle of the bay. Nice one. Next week I'll be doing some parallel parking and emergency stop. Woot.
Starting and stopping will eventually just click. At least that's what happened for me.
Had my third lesson on Monday, was ****. I did turns and junctions again, a roundabout and went up to third gear. Kept messing up when I did the turn off a major road onto a minor road, for some reason I kept braking before/while I turned! I just could'nt remember whether to accelerate or brake when I came to it! Plus I stalled for the first time, I don't remember why!
Turned 17 at the end of August and have had two lessons so far. Passed my theory test on Monday (48/50 for the questions, 59/70 for hazard), so at least that's out of the way now. Really enjoying my lessons so far, had only been round a carpark twice with my dad so I knew which pedal was which!
First lesson I just drove round some quiet roads, did a roundabout (a proper one, but fairly quiet), and he let me drive home along some quite busy roads, with traffic and traffic lights etc. Got in to my street and he made me do a reverse parallel park! I wasn't too great at it, basically had no idea what I was meant to be doing!
Second lesson was at almost 8pm, so about half an hour in it was pitch black which was slightly nervy, but fun too. I did the gears for him whilst I was in the passenger seat, using the dual controls and gearstick (weird because I was changing gear with right hand), but this helped me get used to the gears (well 1-3 anyway).
We did a 'journey' as such (rather than going round the same handful of quiet streets as per first lesson), taking in speed humps, traffic lights, a junction on a slight upwards hill and then back home. I did get nicknamed Lewis Hamilton because I was going a bit quick down some streets (about 28 in a 30 zone, but probably could have slowed down a bit). He said my steering is good, but that's the easiest bit for me I think, especially using the push-pull technique. I parallel parked at home again. He said next lesson from now on, I'll be driving off at the start so that's good. I can't wait for my next lesson on Thursday. That will be my 3rd (single) so far, as of next week I'll do two singles a week, hopefully manage to pass by Christmas.