Yesterday I had my first ever driving lesson, something which I was apprehensive about to say the least. Driving is one of those things that I’ve put off for some time, mostly because of the money involved, but also because I’m scared that I’ll fluff it up hugely and end up breaking the car/myself/some innocent pedestrian.
Thankfully my instructor was really kind and helpful, and after going over the basics I went behind the wheel for the first time and drove a car on a public road. In fact, we managed at least half an hour of driving time, going along some of the quiet country roads that border York. Though the roads were narrow and bendy (testing my steering abilities) they also had fewer cars on and so less people to hold up.
Towards the end of the session I’d begun to get used to using the clutch and doing gear changes, and was able to hold a good position in the road. I also only managed to stall the car 3 times and was able to stop reasonably well by the end, something which I put down to learning how sensitive the pedals are.
My next lesson is on Tuesday, but it’s in Bradford and with a different instructor. We’ll see how that goes.