Embarrassing Driving Lessons

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I remember on my first driving instruction day, I made a couple of mistakes that were scary then but hilarious now. I was talking to my family and friends over dinner last night about the mistakes we made while learning to drive. I don't know if the guys were not being truthful but none of them had any embarrassing moments. Well, on my first day with an instructor, I was told to make a right turn at a four way intersection. I turned right into the curb and the instructor had to quickly help me correct the steering wheel because there were oncoming cars. After that horrible turn, I was taken to a quiet neighborhood to practice my left and right turns.

On my second day, I was again, at a four way intersection with traffic lights. This time, the instructor told me to make a left turn. There were two or three cars in front of me, making their left turns too. By the time it was my turn, the traffic light turned yellow and I just stopped. I just blanked out and stopped. My instructor said to turn but I guess I just got too nervous seeing the traffic light at yellow. I stalled for a bit and then it was too late. The light turned red and cars were approaching. I was blocking one lane of traffic and the other drivers each stared at me. I couldn't back up because there was a car behind me. It was so embarrassing! I wish the "Student Driver" sign was on the top not the back of the car so the other drivers knew I was just learning how to drive. I had 8 hours of driving instructions and (phewww!!)I passed my driving test the first time I took it.

My sister said on her test day, she forgot to reshift to 'drive' after being asked to reverse backward in a straight line. When the examiner told her to drive up and then pull out of the parking lot, the car jerked backward because her car was still in 'reverse' gear. My friend said while learning with an instructor, her head and hands always moved in the same direction. If she looked to the right and over her shoulder before changing lane, she would move the steering wheel as she turned her head. It took many practices to control that habit.

Does any of you have any funny or embarrassing moments you'd like to share while learning to drive?

20 comments:

Gratitude said...

I remembered the time when my brother volunteered to give me lessons (more like an excuse for him to bully!) , driving around the neighbourhood. He ranted so much that I panicked and pressed on the accelarator too hard and drove towards a parked mercedes. My bro had to use his hand to press on the brakes. Our car wuz inches away from impact.

The look on his face.....PRICELESS! wakakakaka
+Anton+

The Saints said...

Hahaha...

When I went for the driving test. I was dead nervous. The officer looked serious and was a bit grumpy too. Luckily i passed the test.

Dora said...

Me too, I was real nervous in the driving test but luckily I got passed for one time only.

Rose Belle said...

@Gratitude - That is HILARIOUS!!! :) I bet he was all shaken up afterward.

Rose Belle said...

@The Saints - Passing the driving test is so nerve wrecking. Passing it the first time is ever so sweet.

Rose Belle said...

@Dora - Does it feel awesome to pass the test with one try? Nervousness makes us do stupid things that we normally wouldn't do when we're not under pressure, like completing missing the stop sign.

KN said...

Without sounding sexist or anything, women tend to have more difficulty learning to drive then men. My wife had a hard time and took probably 2 weeks to learn to drive. As for me, I just studied how my uncle steered his car and taught myself, no instructor, no one by my side to guide me.

Cheryl said...

The day I took my drivers test I think I blanked out during part of the test! I remember the tester saying to pull up beside a car and then parallel park. The next thing I remember (seriously!)was being back in the testing department's parking lot and the tester saying "Congratulations, you are now a licensed driver". I must have been on "autopilot" or something!

Rose Belle said...

@KN - I agree with you. None of my brothers had a private instructor. I think my dad taught one and the other one learned it from observing other adult drivers. My sister and I can never do that. We'd kill other drivers on the road.

Rose Belle said...

@Cheryl - LOL...well at least you passed! I think you were really just a tad too nervous to completely forget what happened when you parallel parked.

Superman said...

I heard some even hold the instructor knee as the gear knob. Haha. Cos the eyes are glued to the front.
My instructor is worst, he slept while I am driving. That prove I learn fast? hehe.

Rose Belle said...

@Superman - Errr..if my instructor fell asleep, I'd say loudly, "INSTRUCTOR!!!" to wake him/her up. LOL>>> I've never heard of anyone holding on the instructor knee as the gear knob. That's so embarrassing!!

Ebie said...

I did pretty well with my driving test. But I do not know how I will fair, if I have to take it again.'

Thanks for stopping by!

Rose Belle said...

@ Ebie - Same goes with me, had I failed my test the first time around, I don't know how if I'd pass the second time.

Postcards from Wildwood said...

I passed my driving test second time - I'm a competent driver now, after many years of doing it, but it didn't come easily. I identified very much with what you said about turning corners and not knowing about correcting. I think it was my second lesson when I was asked to turn left and the car just kept on going left - straight into a newly laid and very sharp kerb. The tyre burst. That was how I learned about the need to 'correct' the steering wheel when you turn! I was looking at your Confucius quote in your header. I agree with all of it, but this does seem a particularly fine example of learning by experience! Thanks for your visit and comment on my blog.
Janice.

Ryhen said...

I never had to take any test when I was learning how to drive. When I was still a kid, my dad and my aunt would usually let me drive when we were just a few meters away from home. When I was old enough to get a student's license, my dad became my driving instructor. I did learn from the best, but that was after spending many hours with my dad making me realize I was an idiot on the road. I guess the angry drivers I came across didn't have to give me the finger after all. My father was their spokesperson.

Rose Belle said...

@Postcards - wow, that must of been a pretty darn scary experience with the tires bursting while learning to drive. My instructor told me to "feel" the car while steering to know how to correct the wheels. It wasn't an easy thing to learn.

Rose Belle said...

@Ryhen - You must of been quite eager to learn to be so daring to learn to drive before the appropriate age. I guess driving comes naturally to guys. LOl...gotta love your dad for being your spokesperson.

~dolly~ said...

hehehe..
I still don't drive now, but i already got my license 6 years ago... =.=

Rose Belle said...

@Dolly - ME too!!