Tuesday, July 25, 2006

driving 101

heyas. had my left side drivers training over the last couple weeks. after five trips i graduated to solo but that was before roundabouts so there was another couple guided trips but now i'm okay hehe

-approach the car on the RIGHT side.

-key goes in on the right, just like at home, and the pedals are the same. this is to lull you into a false sense of security.
-seat belt is over your RIGHT shoulder.
-gear shift and hand brake are on the LEFT.
-gears lined up same as at home, so you pull TOWARDS you to increase gears.
-looking up to the right and down to your left does not provide any information about what's behind you.
-the bulk of the car is to the left. do not orient your body in the left side of the lane unless you want to have one set of wheels up the curb.
-turn indicator is on the right. wipers not useful for indicating direction. pick a rainy day for those first few trips behind the wheel!
-there is NO LEFT TURN ON RED! who knew?
-at a roundabout, any driver to your right has right of way - just like at a 4-way stop at home. except without the stop signs.
-on the freeway, driving the speed limit in the far RIGHT lane may cause some road rage.
-signalling your intent may actually cause other drivers to apply their brake pedal and let you in. (crazy! i KNOW!)
-if it feels natural and headlights are coming at you, there's a problem.
-if it feels completely wrong and everyone else is doing it, you're okay!


Blogger Jules said...

You think driving the car is a challenge....try being a passenger!
Cousin Jules :$

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