on 18-03-2010 09:20 PM
I am both nervous and excited, I have never even started a car before. I don't really know anything about it and tomorrow is my first lesson.
I'm getting picked up from College by the instructor at 3:30 and assume that i'll be taken to somewhere that isn't very busy to try and learn how to start a car etc...
18-03-2010 09:22 PM - edited 18-03-2010 09:40 PM
Just stay calm and cool. Drive slowly and take your time. Ignore tail-gaters behind you.
I was nervous when I was doing the beginning stage of driving lessons. But now I got a full UK driving license. Mmwahahahaa! Joking.
Anyway, I got started by driving through residential areas of York which is a quiet place, and got a grip of driving. So your instructor should take you to calm areas for a start.
on 18-03-2010 09:26 PM
on 18-03-2010 10:08 PM
on 18-03-2010 10:15 PM
on 18-03-2010 11:45 PM
they dont have field cars in dublin.. :-/
First time in a car?! wow lol..but ya goodluck...!
Here in ireland, everone usually drives a car atleast once at the age of 13/14 or so...
Especially sense we have lots of land, people usually get field cars which are good craic!
on 19-03-2010 12:07 AM
Yeah, I've got advice...
You may be driving at a car park or a very quiet area as it is your first lesson, but I'll give you my random personal advice anyway, for future reference.
Firstly, there's nothing to worry about, it's ***** easy.
Secondly, keep your eyes on the road and concentrate, but don't go over the top, stay relaxed whilst driving.
Thirdly, regarding gear changing; the first gear is most difficult. At first, I recommend you slowly lift your foot off of the clutch whilst EXTREMELY gently using the gas pedal lightly. It shouldn't take too long for you to get the feel of the clutch to gas ratio required for the car to have a good, smooth start. Getting grips with the biting point is vital for you to learn fast. Take in mind that different cars have different clutches, thus changing the biting point.
REMEMBER - the more power the car needs to move (steep/hill), the harder you must push the gas pedal, whilst lifting off the clutch obviously.
Fourthly, regarding tailgaters, don't worry about them. Signal when turning and drive however you're comfortable with at the time.
Fifthly, drive at or lower than the speed limit for the particular road, however, attempt to not drive under 10-15MPH of the speed limit of the particular road. This will benefit your confidence, and not be the cause of other drivers being delayed.
Tell me if you have a question or want to say something about anything I said.
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