back again for my second lesson and first 2 hour lesson at the driving school run by former DMV driving testers. this time we would go out onto the real test course and practice course A which is the first one i took and failed.
we did a little more practice around their track first going over a few more things and then we headed over to the real one. what i didn’t expect was all the other people that were there on the track to for practice! there were other cars from our school, trucks, buses, backhoe loaders, another driving school, and even fucking cops! when you did the “simplified practical driving test” there wasn’t really anyone in your way. there might be a truck doing a test and a motorcycle but they covered very different areas and you didn’t really have to worry about “traffic”.
so first thing the instructor did was drive the course A and show me where to place the tire, there was an inprint in the road where a line use to be around the outside of the track, the tire stayed on that. here is where you brake, here is were you start to change lanes. then it was my turn.
of course i was going too fast around turns in the inner part of the track. then there was this whole part about changing lanes in a curve to get ready for the first turn to the inside track. i had to have the wheel at just the right angle, then start checking the mirrors, be sure that i didn’t move the wheel at all while looking blah blah blah.
i was starting to get annoyed. at what seemed to be no matter what i was either too fast or too slow. at how the hell can you actually check all these mirrors and see where the fuck you are going never mind have all the time to check them! and all the other cars on the track at the same time meant that we had to stop and wait a lot for traffic to go by which was throwing off my practice i thought. it was hard enough trying to remember all they wanted you to do without having to actually check to see if another car was gonna hit you.
the 2 hours were up and our guy once again thought that i was doing good and that maybe 10 more hours and i would be ready. we didn’t have that sort of time; and we weren’t about to pay for all of that; i had time for one more 2 hour lesson before my next “simplified practical driving test”.
we went back a few days later again with only a few more days left until my “simplified practical driving test”. this time my instuctor took us right over to the real course and we went through courses B, and C. course B was a bitch, this was the second one i failed. even he said it was the hardest and he hated it saying that C was his favorite as the easy one.
again he drove the course first showing me where i had to do everything for each one. the 3 courses were the same i the very beginning and end but the middle parts were different. really the only way to pass was to know all three course cold and know what you have to do where and when for each one.
i was already having nightmares of the course. i could close my eyes and practice driving the “simplified practical driving test” in my head. “Course A pull out, no brake, check mirror over shoulder, foot off gas check crosswalk, tire on line, brake take turn at about 10 kph, speed up, foot off gas, check rear, side, shoulder, signal, side shoulder, move into right lane…and so on. i could do this in my head for all 3 courses.
after 2 hours of lesson and trying to keep from getting hit by backhoe loaders time was up and we drove back to the school. the instuctor said that he thought i was doing well and that i just had to keep in mind a few things and i should do ok on the “simplified practical driving test”.
i hope so because my third time was coming up in a few days and i did not want to take more classes or go back to that DMV ever again!