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As suggested by the title of this thread, I am learning to drive (automatic).:woo: I thought of starting this thread so I can document my journey and keep track of my progress. :work:

After a few days of researching, I decided to learn through RED and my lessons began on 16 May 2022. I’m currently doing one lesson a week (2 hours) but I might increase this depending on my schedule. :yep:

I also need to prepare for the theory test!

My aim is to pass before I go back to Cardiff for university in October. Let’s see if I can do it! :dumbells:
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16/05/2022

Today I had my first driving lesson. :woo: The instructor picked me up from outside my house and took me to a quiet residential area. Before I got behind the wheel, the instructor taught me the Cockpit Drill Process (DSSSM).

Cockpit Drill Process (DSSSM)
1. Doors
The doors must be shut correctly.
2. Seat
The car seat must be positioned so that the foot pedals can be comfortably reached. There should be a slight bend in the knee.
3.
The back of the seat must be lowered or raised until the steering wheel can be comfortably held.
There should be a slight bend in the arms.
4. Seat Belt
The seat belt should be secured correctly with no twists or turns. The driver is legally responsible for anyone under the age of 14 to be safely secured in the vehicle.
5. Mirrors
The mirrors need to be adjusted so to have the best possible view of behind the car.


After, the instructor and I swapped seats, so I was behind the wheel. He gave me a chance to practice the Cockpit Drill Process myself. Thankfully, I remembered the process! :blushing:

Next, he taught me the Prepare Observe Move process (POM). That part was easy but he did say that he was particular about the order this part was conducted, so I will type it below so I can refer back…

Prepare Observe Move (POM)

1. Prepare
Firstly, the key is inserted into the ignition. Then firmly press on the brake. Twist the key all the way until the car starts and release. Shift from P to D. Deactivate the parking/hand brake. Maintain pressure on the brake.
2. Observe
Before moving off from a parked position, it’s important to check the interior mirrors and exterior mirrors. After these checks have been conducted and the road is clear, it’s important to leave no delay and move off immediately. If there is a delay, the checks must be repeated.
3. Move
Before moving off, it is important to indicate if necessary. It is also equally important to stop indicating on time in order to not confuse other drivers.


After I understood everything that was explained to me, the instructor explained a few terms that he might use (e.g. when it’s safe, pull up on your left). He then explained to me that it was my turn to drive around the block. At this point, I was a bit scared, but he assured me that if I take my time, I will be fine. He also reminded me that there was an emergency brake on his side that he would use if necessary.

After following the POM process, I lightly (or so I thought) pressed the accelerator and the speedometer went from 0 to around 20! I didn’t expect that a slight push would make such a big difference in terms of speed. I then quickly put some slight pressure (or so I thought again!) on the brake and the instructor jolted forward. I apologised and he laughed and said it was fine which made me feel a lot better. He told me to apply less pressure next time. We went around the block around 10-12 times. By the end of the first hour, I was very comfortable with what I was doing! The only thing I am still struggling with is parking against a curb. Either I’m too close or too far! At one point, I drove over a plastic bottle near the curb and popped the lid of the bottle. I thought I did something a lot more serious but the instructor assured me everything was fine! Maybe I just need more practise!

In the second hour, he took me outside the car and opened up the car hood. He then told me that he was going to test me on the parts inside! I told him I didn’t have the slightest clue about any of it. He told me he expected that and so would give me clues which would help me figure it out. I created a diagram at home of the parts of the car under the hood which I will post later in a spoiler.

The instructor then taught me about the checks conducted on tyres which was rather boring, but necessary to know! After we went back in the car and he told me about the rest of the controls (e.g. headlights, hazard lights, brake lights).

After, he let me drive home which wasn’t easy because I’m terrified of roundabouts and there were two mini roundabouts. I survived them though. At the end of the lesson, I asked the instructor how I did and he said that if I was rubbish, he wouldn’t have let me drive home.


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Good luck - you've got this.

Out of curiosity - are you learning in a manual or automatic?
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Good luck - you've got this.

Out of curiosity - are you learning in a manual or automatic?
Thanks.

I knew I was forgetting to mention something - automatic!
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Good luck 5hyl33n!!
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Good luck 5hyl33n!!
Thanks Strawberry Dreams
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Thanks.

I knew I was forgetting to mention something - automatic!
Nice. At least you won't have to worry about hill starts - they're really annoying .
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After, he let me drive home which wasn’t easy because I’m terrified of roundabouts and there were two mini roundabouts. I survived them though.
Did the instructor go through roundabouts before you drove home? I would've been terrified too, if he hadn't.
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Did the instructor go through roundabouts before you drove home? I would've been terrified too, if he hadn't.
He was giving me directions as I drove. For example, a few seconds before we came to the roundabout, he would tell me to slow down and stop before the roundabout. Then look to see if there was any oncoming traffic. If not, carry on. The roads were empty so it wasn’t too difficult! I think I would panic a lot more if there were a lot of cars.
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He was giving me directions as I drove. For example, a few seconds before we came to the roundabout, he would tell me to slow down and stop before the roundabout. Then look to see if there was any oncoming traffic. If not, carry on. The roads were empty so it wasn’t too difficult! I think I would panic a lot more if there were a lot of cars.
That makes sense. You're making a lot of progress! Good luck with passing before October!
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16/05/2022

Today I had my first driving lesson. :woo: The instructor picked me up from outside my house and took me to a quiet residential area. Before I got behind the wheel, the instructor taught me the Cockpit Drill Process (DSSSM).

Cockpit Drill Process (DSSSM)
1. Doors
The doors must be shut correctly.
2. Seat
The car seat must be positioned so that the foot pedals can be comfortably reached. There should be a slight bend in the knee.
3.
The back of the seat must be lowered or raised until the steering wheel can be comfortably held.
There should be a slight bend in the arms.
4. Seat Belt
The seat belt should be secured correctly with no twists or turns. The driver is legally responsible for anyone under the age of 14 to be safely secured in the vehicle.
5. Mirrors
The mirrors need to be adjusted so to have the best possible view of behind the car.


After, the instructor and I swapped seats, so I was behind the wheel. He gave me a chance to practice the Cockpit Drill Process myself. Thankfully, I remembered the process! :blushing:

Next, he taught me the Prepare Observe Move process (POM). That part was easy but he did say that he was particular about the order this part was conducted, so I will type it below so I can refer back…

Prepare Observe Move (POM)

1. Prepare
Firstly, the key is inserted into the ignition. Then firmly press on the brake. Twist the key all the way until the car starts and release. Shift from P to D. Deactivate the parking/hand brake. Maintain pressure on the brake.
2. Observe
Before moving off from a parked position, it’s important to check the interior mirrors and exterior mirrors. After these checks have been conducted and the road is clear, it’s important to leave no delay and move off immediately. If there is a delay, the checks must be repeated.
3. Move
Before moving off, it is important to indicate if necessary. It is also equally important to stop indicating on time in order to not confuse other drivers.


After I understood everything that was explained to me, the instructor explained a few terms that he might use (e.g. when it’s safe, pull up on your left). He then explained to me that it was my turn to drive around the block. At this point, I was a bit scared, but he assured me that if I take my time, I will be fine. He also reminded me that there was an emergency brake on his side that he would use if necessary.

After following the POM process, I lightly (or so I thought) pressed the accelerator and the speedometer went from 0 to around 20! I didn’t expect that a slight push would make such a big difference in terms of speed. I then quickly put some slight pressure (or so I thought again!) on the brake and the instructor jolted forward. I apologised and he laughed and said it was fine which made me feel a lot better. He told me to apply less pressure next time. We went around the block around 10-12 times. By the end of the first hour, I was very comfortable with what I was doing! The only thing I am still struggling with is parking against a curb. Either I’m too close or too far! At one point, I drove over a plastic bottle near the curb and popped the lid of the bottle. I thought I did something a lot more serious but the instructor assured me everything was fine! Maybe I just need more practise!

In the second hour, he took me outside the car and opened up the car hood. He then told me that he was going to test me on the parts inside! I told him I didn’t have the slightest clue about any of it. He told me he expected that and so would give me clues which would help me figure it out. I created a diagram at home of the parts of the car under the hood which I will post later in a spoiler.

The instructor then taught me about the checks conducted on tyres which was rather boring, but necessary to know! After we went back in the car and he told me about the rest of the controls (e.g. headlights, hazard lights, brake lights).

After, he let me drive home which wasn’t easy because I’m terrified of roundabouts and there were two mini roundabouts. I survived them though. At the end of the lesson, I asked the instructor how I did and he said that if I was rubbish, he wouldn’t have let me drive home.


Overall rating for the lesson:
This was interesting - glad it went well. What struck me was that you still have acronyms for stuff, like POM. When I learned to drive, in a Model T Ford eighteen-million years ago, we had acronyms then: I seem to remember 'MSM' for 'mirror, signal, manoeuvre', and the 'manoeuvre' could be further broken down into PSL: 'position, signal, look'.

Plus ça change...
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This was interesting - glad it went well. What struck me was that you still have acronyms for stuff, like POM. When I learned to drive, in a Model T Ford eighteen-million years ago, we had acronyms then: I seem to remember 'MSM' for 'mirror, signal, manoeuvre', and the 'manoeuvre' could be further broken down into PSL: 'position, signal, look'.

Plus ça change...
I’m so sorry for the late reply, RC. I think my life is finally back on track so I will be much more active on TSR. :laugh:

I’ve never liked acronyms, to be honest, but they are useful when it comes to learning to drive!
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The lesson went well! The main point of it was to familiarise myself with the types of junctions and some of the road markings that I might come across.

First we went through the types of junctions. I managed to remember them all when the instructor tested me after going through all of them. Now, I just need to be able to drive through them all!
Types of Junctions
1. Staggered Junction
2. T-Junction
3. Y-Junction
4. Roundabouts
5. Crossroads


Then the instructor went through some of the road markings that I might come across.
Road Markings
1. Centre Broken White Line
Centre broken white line on a single carriageway road. This line is used to provide a visual divide between both carriageways traveling in opposing directions. Many roads use this dividing line although certain roads such as quiet residential back-roads or some rural roads and lanes may have no markings at all. The lines are usually long.
2. Lane Line
Lane line found on single or dual carriageway roads separating traffic travelling in the same direction. The lines are usually short.
3. Give Way Road Markings
The upside down triangle road marking found just before a junction represents the triangle give way sign. The triangle road marking is used to provide an extra visual aid warning drivers of a junction just ahead. this road marking may not be used on roads where there is relatively little traffic. Give way road markings are also represented by one or two broken white lines across the carriageway.
4. Stop Road Markings
Unlike the dashed give way lines, stop lines at junctions are wide and solid and are usually accompanied by the word ‘STOP’ written on the road surface just before the line and also a stop sign. By law you must stop at a stop line regardless of whether the road appears clear and safe to proceed without the need to stop.
5. Hatched Road Markings
Hatched road markings or diagonal white lines are surrounded by either continuous solid white lines or broken lines. Hatched road markings are often used to separate opposing flows of traffic.
6. Hazard Warning Line
Hazard warning lines are used to mark hazards ahead such as a bend in the road or an approach to a junction. As can be seen in the image to the left, the white lines are much longer than usual with small gaps between. Hazard warning lines replace a centre line or lane line. Signs may also be used to indicate the nature of the hazard.


We also practised some of the last lesson stuff as well. My parking at a curb is getting much better, but still needs improvement! I tried parking at a curb between two cars which didn’t go too well. I managed to park but it was too close to the car in front. The instructor hasn’t gone through how to reverse so I wasn’t able to fix my mistake. Maybe next time!

We also went through the parts under the car hood. I could barely remember any of them which was disheartening but not really a surprise because I didn’t go through them again since the lesson. I think I can remember some of them now, but I will spend some time this week looking through them again!

I also need to top up the money on my RED account. Learning to drive is expensive!


Overall rating for the lesson:
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25/05/2022

The lesson went well! The main point of it was to familiarise myself with the types of junctions and some of the road markings that I might come across.

First we went through the types of junctions. I managed to remember them all when the instructor tested me after going through all of them. Now, I just need to be able to drive through them all!
Types of Junctions
1. Staggered Junction
2. T-Junction
3. Y-Junction
4. Roundabouts
5. Crossroads


Then the instructor went through some of the road markings that I might come across.
Road Markings
1. Centre Broken White Line
Centre broken white line on a single carriageway road. This line is used to provide a visual divide between both carriageways traveling in opposing directions. Many roads use this dividing line although certain roads such as quiet residential back-roads or some rural roads and lanes may have no markings at all. The lines are usually long.
2. Lane Line
Lane line found on single or dual carriageway roads separating traffic travelling in the same direction. The lines are usually short.
3. Give Way Road Markings
The upside down triangle road marking found just before a junction represents the triangle give way sign. The triangle road marking is used to provide an extra visual aid warning drivers of a junction just ahead. this road marking may not be used on roads where there is relatively little traffic. Give way road markings are also represented by one or two broken white lines across the carriageway.
4. Stop Road Markings
Unlike the dashed give way lines, stop lines at junctions are wide and solid and are usually accompanied by the word ‘STOP’ written on the road surface just before the line and also a stop sign. By law you must stop at a stop line regardless of whether the road appears clear and safe to proceed without the need to stop.
5. Hatched Road Markings
Hatched road markings or diagonal white lines are surrounded by either continuous solid white lines or broken lines. Hatched road markings are often used to separate opposing flows of traffic.
6. Hazard Warning Line
Hazard warning lines are used to mark hazards ahead such as a bend in the road or an approach to a junction. As can be seen in the image to the left, the white lines are much longer than usual with small gaps between. Hazard warning lines replace a centre line or lane line. Signs may also be used to indicate the nature of the hazard.


We also practised some of the last lesson stuff as well. My parking at a curb is getting much better, but still needs improvement! I tried parking at a curb between two cars which didn’t go too well. I managed to park but it was too close to the car in front. The instructor hasn’t gone through how to reverse so I wasn’t able to fix my mistake. Maybe next time!

We also went through the parts under the car hood. I could barely remember any of them which was disheartening but not really a surprise because I didn’t go through them again since the lesson. I think I can remember some of them now, but I will spend some time this week looking through them again!

I also need to top up the money on my RED account. Learning to drive is expensive!


Overall rating for the lesson:
Glad the lesson went well - following this blog.

Good luck with passing before October!
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Glad the lesson went well - following this blog.

Good luck with passing before October!
Thanks TriplexA
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Good luck!! :rave:
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This was interesting - glad it went well. What struck me was that you still have acronyms for stuff, like POM. When I learned to drive, in a Model T Ford eighteen-million years ago, we had acronyms then: I seem to remember 'MSM' for 'mirror, signal, manoeuvre', and the 'manoeuvre' could be further broken down into PSL: 'position, signal, look'.

Plus ça change...
a model T :eek:, did they even have mirrors?

Good luck!
If you ever get the opportunity to try manual id recommend it (it would help with buying used cars and is more fun imo, although new & recently new are more & more moving to semi-auto/fully auto boxes.
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The purpose of this lesson was to teach me about roundabouts. Overall, it was okay. I’m still not comfortable with roundabouts so the instructor said we will practise more next lesson.

Approaching a Roundabout
Use Mirrors – Signal – Manoeuvre at all stages
Decide as early as possible which exit you need to take
Give an appropriate signal (see Rule 186, below). Time your signals so as not to confuse other road usersGet into the correct lane
Adjust your speed and position to fit in with traffic conditions
be aware of the speed and position of all the road users around you

Reaching and Leaving a Roundabout
Give priority to traffic approaching from your right, unless directed otherwise by signs, road markings or traffic lights
Check whether road markings allow you to enter the roundabout without giving way. If so, proceed, but still look to the right before joining
Watch out for all other road users already on the roundabout; be aware they may not be signalling correctly or at all

Look forward before moving off to make sure traffic in front has moved off


The first time we went round a roundabout, I panicked thinking that the cars wouldn’t stop. I ended up stopping in the middle of the roundabout and had to be reassured that everything was fine!

Let’s see how tomorrow goes!


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30/05/2022

The purpose of this lesson was to teach me about roundabouts. Overall, it was okay. I’m still not comfortable with roundabouts so the instructor said we will practise more next lesson.


Approaching a Roundabout
Use Mirrors – Signal – Manoeuvre at all stages

Decide as early as possible which exit you need to take
Give an appropriate signal (see Rule 186, below). Time your signals so as not to confuse other road users
Get into the correct lane
Adjust your speed and position to fit in with traffic conditions
be aware of the speed and position of all the road users around you





Reaching and Leaving a Roundabout
Give priority to traffic approaching from your right, unless directed otherwise by signs, road markings or traffic lights

Check whether road markings allow you to enter the roundabout without giving way. If so, proceed, but still look to the right before joining
Watch out for all other road users already on the roundabout; be aware they may not be signalling correctly or at all
Look forward before moving off to make sure traffic in front has moved off






The first time we went round a roundabout, I panicked thinking that the cars wouldn’t stop. I ended up stopping in the middle of the roundabout and had to be reassured that everything was fine!



Let’s see how tomorrow goes!





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Roundabouts can be confusing - glad to see they haven't put you off though!

Good luck with your other lessons.
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This lesson was dedicated to revising what was learnt in previous lessons.

Things to improve on:

  • Look at all the mirrors while driving
  • Memorise the parts under the car bonnet

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