Saturday, April 9, 2011

Driving Miss Daisy

Phew! I am so happy to be home and on the couch. Alive and well. My heart is beating a little faster than usual but that is because I just got home from a 2 hour long driving lesson with my hubby.

We are borrowing my in-laws car for a little while because it is an automatic and we know my limitations as a late-to-driving learner! In the UK we would have some 'L' plates on the car to tell other drivers to beware, but for some reason they have nothing like that here...maybe I will make my own. I probably should.

I love that my husband believes in me, but I think my action today reminded him I am still very new at this whole thing! The very almost "tapping" of a car in a parking lot when I hit the accelerator instead of the brake - I am not sure if that was before or after I forgot I was in drive and not reverse. Yikes! Don't worry, we checked just in case and the other car was more than fine. And I was actually going very slowly when the confusion occurred but it felt to me like I was going 150 mph.

Apart from that the driving was pretty uneventful. I managed to stay in my lane most of the time, and keep at the speed limit, I even had to make a turn across traffic and merge lanes which I did without too much screaming. I am terrified most of the time but I like the feeling I am getting more used to being behind the wheel. I am far from being confident to go out alone without the reassuring voice and instruction of my loyal instructor but I hope that will come in time.

We have the car for about another week and we will be going out every day - and from the look of the weather I will get some driving in the rain practice in too!

I am still very fearful when I am driving, my shoulders tense up and I hold my breath a lot! I am going to cash in a promised shoulder rub in a minute, and I am praying that the fear will dissipate as I become more and more at ease in the driving seat.

I can't wait to feel natural behind the steering wheel, I guess it might take some time, but I hope and pray it doesn't take too long. I just need to keep going forward before I lose my nerve. There is no turning back now - literally because I haven't mastered U-turns!


  1. haha...sounds like you need a little bit of country. seriously, spend the day and come on down to stanwood or arlington or some other small town. seattle is so so much harder to learn to drive in than just a regular little town.

  2. Have fun, I'm glad m car is no where near you. (hehe)



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