driving lessons

Discussion in 'Chit-Chat' started by donthaveanickname, Aug 11, 2018.

  1. donthaveanickname

    donthaveanickname Team Owner

    After passing the theory exams yesterday (in the 2nd attempt), I got behind the wheel for the first time today.
    I was very nervous at the beginning but I got more and more confident as time went on.
    I actually think I didn't do too bad for the first time. Missed only two shifts.
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  2. Brentford

    Brentford Team Owner

    The hardest part for me was parallel parking between 2 cars. Still can't do it, but oh well.
  3. lisa

    lisa Kurt Busch fan

    I cant parallel park for anything.
  4. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    Its easy.

    When you begin to back up into a space, use the passenger headrest to assist you when to turn in. When the passenger headrest is equal to the rear bumper of the car you're parking behind, that's when you begin to turn into the space. Just be mindful of the the kerb, if there is kerbing, or anything else close or behind you. Once, I figured it out, its really easy.
  5. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    My dad taught me to drive starting when I was about 10 or 11. I was taught to use side mirrors backing up. I parallel park using the passenger side and rear view mirrors.
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  6. donthaveanickname

    donthaveanickname Team Owner

    On this day, at 4:52 pm I hit the Autobahn for the first time. There was a little traffic jam because a lot of (left) people were heading to Chemnitz.
    Nevertheless when the street was clear, we got to around 210 kph:).
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  7. LewTheShoe

    LewTheShoe Team Owner

    Excellent. You can now remove the yellow rookie stripes from the rear bumper..:D
  8. sdj

    sdj Just a race fan

    130.5 Mile Per Hour is pretty respectable. :booya: :punkrocke

    What vehicle were you doing this speed run in?
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  9. donthaveanickname

    donthaveanickname Team Owner

    I originally intended not to go faster than 150 kph as I didn't wanna do anything dangerous, but after that traffic jam dissolved a Dacia was blocking the left lane, and when it finally moved over I was told to floor it:D.
    A VW Golf with a 2-litre diesel engine and approximately 150 horsepower.
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  10. Magnethead

    Magnethead Admin & Resident Techie Staff Member

    Rear view camera also helps alot with p'lel parking (if you ever wondered how that was pronounced in Texas). I use the right side power mirror to aim down and guide the right rear tire.
  11. Greg

    Greg 2014 RF YAHOO CHAMP Your leader

    I park the old fashioned way.
    Right hand accross the back of the seat, head turned to view through back window. Left hand top dead center on the wheel.
    Control the vehicle, them mirrors and camaras are for wimmin folk.
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  12. TexasRaceLady

    TexasRaceLady Plank Owner Contributor

    I don't parallel park. ROTFLMAO
    I don't even remember the last time I had to park like that.
  13. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    Same here. :D
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  14. Greg

    Greg 2014 RF YAHOO CHAMP Your leader

    I have tried to teach my wife, and tried to convince her of the advantages the confidence would give her. But it is no use she will not listen.
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  15. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    Imagine that. :D
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  16. KTMLew01

    KTMLew01 Team Owner

  17. KTMLew01

    KTMLew01 Team Owner

    Reminds me of a story: We had on street parking on one side only. Room for five cars or maybe six if you wanted to push the rules. Had a neighbor lady that didn't care about the rules. My dad would park with front bumper right on the line to allow six cars parked tightly. Neighbor would pull up and back into his front bumper, then pull up about 6". So he would frequently have a car 6" away on both ends. She would parked completely illegally. One day dad happened to be walking across street to get in car. She does her usual thing and gets out, starts across street. Dad puts car in gear and pushes her car forward about 5 feet, tires smoking, backs up and easily pulls out. She just looked around at the cloud of smoke and rubber then just went on in her house. Finally got the message. Didn't do it again. i about busted a gut.:dual9mm:
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  18. NC HillBilly

    NC HillBilly Back home where I belong

    Finally, someone that was taught to do this like I was. My Dad taught me that way and I always get odd looks from people when I do it. I've even been yelled at by an older family member that was sitting in the back seat for backing out that way. He freaked out and asked me wtf I was doing and started yelling about how I was going to ruin his car.

    I just told him to shut the hell up, if he was concerned about me driving maybe he shouldn't have drank all that liquor and requested that I be the DD. I've been driving stick since I was 5 years old I think I know wtf I'm doing by now.
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  19. donthaveanickname

    donthaveanickname Team Owner

    I had to do parallel parking for the first time two days ago.
    I figured looking through the back window is way easier than using the rear-view camera.
    Parallel parking is not very difficult at all.
    The driving instructor even recommended me to watch some dash cam videos because you can see avoidable mistakes there, like running OVER a red light.:D

  20. gone

    gone Team Owner

    Very good! If this is your first time driving it is harder to start out learning to use a clutch rather than an automatic, but as you show it can be done.

    I learned on an automatic, and didn't learn to drive a manual shift until several years later.
    I learned that on an old Plymouth with "3 on the tree" (gear shift on the steering column) that only ran on four of its six cylinders. Had to over-rev it between gears to avoid stalling. To this day (many decades later) I still have to concentrate NOT to over-rev while shifting a car with a good engine. Sometimes over-revving can work while drag racing, but it's not so good on the street. Having the shift lever on the steering column was good for teaching me how to find gears by feel and sound without looking at a pattern on a shift knob.

    Keep practicing and you'll be just fine before you know it!
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  21. donthaveanickname

    donthaveanickname Team Owner

    Thanks! I don't think shifting is that difficult when you are used to it. There is no point in learning on an automatic here, because most of the cars (and I'd guess at least half of the new cars) are still manuals. Almost all the older cars are manuals, and my first car is definately not going to be a new one.
    In fact, that wouldn't make any sense as nearly everyone I know wrecked their first cars.

    btw: On this day 30 years ago, my dad got his driving license.
  22. donthaveanickname

    donthaveanickname Team Owner

    Driving test will be tomorrow at 11:15am.
    Keep your fingers crossed!
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  23. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    Good Luck
  24. DanicaFreak

    DanicaFreak Green monster

    You drive a huge boat...

    For taxi I parallel park some. I do like @BobbyFord said. the old way. Drive up till beside the car you are parking behind at mirror level. Back up straight and turn in when about half way back, cut wheel...finish backing in
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  25. gone

    gone Team Owner

    Mom told me that back in the day when cars had bumpers with leaf springs supporting them (1930s) Granddad would simply place his bumper against the bumper of any car in his way and push it until he wedged himself in. Apparently that was normal driving in New York city back then. Sure couldn't get way with that today on modern cars with plastic bumper covers...
  26. darlingtonfan

    darlingtonfan Team Owner

    I was watching both my kids take their driving test several years ago.My daughter failed her test because of parallel parking using driving instructors Toyota Camry,but passed on her second try.My son used his instructors Fiat 500 and had no trouble.It was comical watching him,I believed he could have pulled that Fiat straight into the spot.
  27. TexasRaceLady

    TexasRaceLady Plank Owner Contributor

    I took my driving test in a '57 Chevy station wagon. Yes, I did pass the parallel parking. LOL
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  28. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    I took mine in a 1950 Ford. I passed but it was hard to see the curb out of those windows.
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  29. donthaveanickname

    donthaveanickname Team Owner

    I have to admit I needed two attempts, but I passsed the driving test yesterday.
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  30. sdj

    sdj Just a race fan

    I have never ever seen a red light turn green and there be a stop sign right after it? Go to 7:01 in the video o_O
  31. Greg

    Greg 2014 RF YAHOO CHAMP Your leader

    Learning to parallel park and three point turn are good skills to build upon.
    If you can master both, you have good car control.
    My dad used to tell me to get out of the way. If I was beside an 18 wheeler he would say to pass him, or get behind him, no side by side for an extended time. It was great stuff. I wanted to be decisive and I loved the gas pedal more than the rear view mirror.

    I took a driver's ed class in HS just to get the insurance discount. The teacher threatened to fail me because I always broke the speed limit.
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  32. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    There was no such thing as drivers ed when I was in school. It was at home with the head bonker in the passenger seat. :D
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  33. Greg

    Greg 2014 RF YAHOO CHAMP Your leader

    I watched and studied every driving move my dad made from my earlyist memories.
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  34. TexasRaceLady

    TexasRaceLady Plank Owner Contributor

    My mom tried to teach me, but she was too impatient --- so my dad took over and I learned quickly.
    I don't think my parents EVER found out that at 12/13 I was driving my grandparents back from dinner
    because they were a bit worse for the beer. Fortunately, it wasn't far from the restaurant to their home on
    the bay. And very little to no traffic. Never hit a thing. :D
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