A Conversation for Bluebottle: Breakup

No reconciliation, I presume?

Post 1

SashaQ - happysad

Did you start again with somebody new, or was that it?

Ah, the memories of driving lessons... My first 'date' proceeded very fast, especially since I had thought we would start off slowly to see how it would go - my instructor drove to a 60mph road, put me in the driving seat and said, "Drive". Given that 20mph seemed like rocket speed to my eyes compared to the view of things when I was a pedestrian, it was quite a hazard for me to be going along at snail's pace while other cars zoomed past me, but he held his nerve...

His favourite phrase was "More Gas!" because I was a snail for quite a long time, until my first test when I got a minor point for speeding, which made him laugh. He broke up with me in the end, after I failed the first test and he picked up an injury (not while driving or being driven, I must add) and had to take 6 months off. My second instructor had a very different style, but after I had re-learned everything, and more, I did pass.

Interesting that the current test is much more about navigating yourself rather than just being told what to do by the instructor (which was kind of like a SatNav, though, I suppose). I went on the motorway with my second instructor, and we drove around quite happily for an hour, and then he asked me where we were. I thought we were south and needed to go north, so I would have got myself very lost (which I now do quite regularly smiley - whistle) but he told me we were actually north smiley - doh so we went south and made it home OK. smiley - ok


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Post 2

Bluebottle

I've not resumed driving lessons since then as we didn't have as much money as we'd hoped. It also isn't as enjoyable as cycling. Still hope to learn to drive one day. I'm pleased to hear you've passed, though.smiley - wow

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Post 3

SashaQ - happysad

Thank you smiley - biggrin

Ah, I see. I know someone who gave up learning to drive because he couldn't easily tell the difference between traffic light colours, so he found driving too stressful, but someone else who had no problem with traffic lights just didn't take to driving, so it isn't for everyone...

Good that you enjoy cycling, so can get out and about at more than 4mph. I passed my driving test when I was 17, so it is a while ago now...

It wasn't the newfangled test, so when I was alone in the car for the first time I got horribly lost when there was nobody to tell me to turn right at the next junction (not that I would want a SatNav telling me, as that would just make me jump). It was an enjoyable excursion through the countryside, though and I found my way home eventually smiley - biggrin

These days I study the road map carefully before going somewhere new, so if I get lost because the road doesn't look like it did on the map, I can at least recognise where I made a wrong turning and then do something about it.


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Post 4

Bluebottle

I've not had any problems with traffic lights – you can usually see whether it is the top, middle or bottom light that is lit (unless the sun is blinding everyone equally). Cars are useful for carrying things, though, including smiley - xmastree.

It's good that you got home, even if you took the scenic route. I'm usually quite confident with directions, but if you do take a wrong turn it is very easy to stop and turn round with a bike or pull over for a few minutes to think, but you can't do that with a car.

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Post 5

SashaQ - happysad

smiley - ok

Yes, bicycles do have advantages - one day this week I overtook a cyclist before then stopping in a traffic jam. My speed varied from 50mph to 0mph, averaging 24mph, whereas the cyclist did a steady 25mph and overtook me before we got to our destination smiley - laugh


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Post 6

Bluebottle

I found when driving how unbelievably poor a car was at cornering. With a bike you just turn the handle slightly and you can make a very sharp turn. With driving it is a real faff as you have to keep turning, turning, turning the little steering wheel...

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Post 7

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Freshly Vaccinated

That reminds me of the time I bought a second-hand car with no power steering...smiley - laugh


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Post 8

Bluebottle

The good thing about bikes is they're so much more versatile. Once after a storm I cycled down a main road only to see a large tree had fallen and blocked the road. All the cars had to turn round but I just lifted up my bike and climbed over the trunk, and continued on my way.

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Post 9

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Freshly Vaccinated

Bikes are versatile when not being ridden by the likes of me. smiley - rofl I have balance issues and have even been known to cause catastrophe on a tandem.


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