Today I had probably my most enjoyable driving lesson yet. Some of them have felt like a chore; this one felt like I had achieved something. We moved off the quiet housing estates onto busy main roads, starting at the far end of Crossflats and then driving through Bingley on the old A650, then up through Cottingley, Sandy Lane, Allerton and then into Bradford, stopping short of the Victoria Morrisons on Thornton Road.
It’s a major change for me – instead of driving around in circles and having little more than a few park cars to move around, we now had traffic at 30 and 40 miles per hour, traffic lights, pedestrian crossings and dual carriageways. And bar a few minor issues I actually did well. Best of all, this was the first lesson where I didn’t stall the car once.
About the only major problem I had was finding 3rd gear – I kept wandering back into 1st instead, which the car really did not like since I was travelling at 25-30 mph at the time. That’s something we’re working on next week, apparently.
But my driving lessons have gone from being something I’ve felt that I’ve had to do to something I’ve really wanted to do – my confidence has been building and I’m now actually looking forward to my lessons rather than dreading them.