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[11 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]
Driving Test – Read to find out if I passed…

You want to know if I passed my driving test yesterday, don’t you?
Well the answer is…

Yes!  Woop woop!  So happy.  I honestly thought I had failed, because we went down a 60 road and there were these little speed signs that said 20mph “loose chippings” and after going 20mph for some time I thought to myself “what speed am I supposed to be going?!”  Turns out the signs were just “advisory” so it didn’t matter.  In total I had 7 minors, a couple were for approaching junctions too quickly and …

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[7 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]
Final Lesson.  Again.

I felt kind of bad for not posting about my driving lessons for so long, but then I remembered that nobody is reading this.
I had my first test 2 weeks ago.  And I failed.  I know, I’m as surprised as you are.  I was so ready for it.  I only got 3 minors, but I failed on something really stupid.  I was on a road that turned into 2 lanes and as I moved over to the left lane I drove in the end of a red bus lane for …

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[9 Mar 2010 | No Comment | ]
Something is finally starting to click…

Yesterday was my 12th driving lesson, and I think I’ve finally got the hang of parallel parking and reversing round corners.  For the last few lessons I’ve really struggled to do them on my own (without my ADI telling me which way to turn the steering wheel!), especially on my night lesson (driving in the dark was scary and awesome!).
But I think something has finally clicked because I did 2 parallel parks perfectly yesterday, and I reversed round 2 different corners with no problem!  The curb was in my side …

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[24 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]
Did I pass?

Just got home from taking my driving theory test.  Did I pass?

Yes.  Of course I did.  Was there ever any doubt?
No now that’s out of the way, I can concentrate and getting ready for my practical.  Holy cow that’s a scary thought.
For anyone who cares, I got 47/50 on my theory and 59/75 on the hazard perception.  I feel like I could’ve done better, but I passed so who cares right?
Gotta cram lots of lessons in now for the next 2 weeks, one every weekday if I can.  Fun but …

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[24 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]
Lesson number 7 and my theory test

Just came back from my 7th lesson (hour 14) and it went great.  I have my theory test in an hour, so I’m a bit nervous.  I feel well prepared, but I just have a bad feeling that I’m gonna get all the questions I don’t know.
I also felt pretty confident with the hazard perception until this morning.  I was consistently getting 4 or 5 marks for each one, and then this morning I managed to get a 0.  That’s right, a big fat goose egg.  I didn’t even see …

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[15 Feb 2010 | One Comment | ]
4th lesson – perfecting the 3-point turn (sorry, I mean the turn in the road)

Just got home from my 4th lesson.  I’ve already learned all 3 maneuvres, but today I perfected them.  Mostly.  Sort of.
I can do a turn in the road no problem, easiest one as far as I’m concerned (though I haven’t tried it on a busy road yet)  Parallel parking is also a doddle (I thought they’d actually try and make you park between 2 cars, isn’t that the point?)  And my reversing needs a little work but the instructor seems pretty happy anyway.
I drove through Harehills today.  Fortunately I know …

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[11 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]
Do people actually get these questions wrong?

Ok, so I’m studying for my driving theory test, and most of the questions are pretty straight forward, you just need a little common sense.
But some of the questions are, well, a little disturbing…
Here’s an example:
An adult casualty is not breathing.  To maintain circulation, compressions should be given.  What is the correct depth to press?
A. 1 to 2 centimetres
B. 4 to 5 centimetres
C. 10 to 15 centimetres
D. 15 to 20 centimetres
I had to read this question a couple of times.  Are there really people out there that think compressions should …

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[10 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]
6 hours in, and I can do all 3 manoeuvres!

Today was my third driving lesson.  On my last lesson, I learned 3 point turns (or a turn in the road as they’re now called) and reversing round corners.  Aced them both.  Today I ventured out onto main roads, where there were speed bumps, parked cars everywhere, and roundabouts!  Ahhh!
Roundabouts weren’t quite as scary as I had imagined.  I even went onto the Ring Road and got up to 40mph!  Ooh!
Then I practiced parallel parking next to a BMW, and I did ok with that too.  Did it twice, no …