Driving Test #1

February 24, 2009 – 17:16

Well as I have let the entire internet know via Twitter that I failed my driving test lets go through some analysis. But first a little bit of information about the Burges Hill driving test center two important things:

  1. The test center does have a toilet
  2. Don’t be tempted to touch the tap in the toilet it fell off when I used it

As for the test itself the results were as follows:

  • Dangerous – 0
  • Serious – 2
    1. about 5 minutes into the test I was approaching another car which I expected to stop and it didn’t I did not slow down enough to be able to safely park and the examiner had to use the brake.
    2. about half way through the test I thought it was a national speed limit (no driveways or side roads for a while and no lamp posts) so I was doing about 38 in a 30 zone.
  • Minor – 6
    1. Control -> Gears – don’t know what this was I probably went round a corner in 3rd gear.
    2. Use of Mirrors -> Change Speed – didn’t look in my rear view mirror when changing gear.
    3. User of Speed – As with the serious I probably went over 30 in a 30 zone.
    4. Progress -> Undue Hesitation – There was a right turn that had two vans parked on either side of the left turn restricting my vision.
    5. Junctions -> Observation – I didn’t check my mirror on the second part of a consecutive turn.
    6. Positioning -> Normal Driving – I probably moved a little too close to the kerb or central markings.

I knew I had failed within the first 5 minutes of the test, that didn’t make it any easier, it was very strange being in a car without Kev there – I have never driven anywhere without Kev. I am going to try and book another test for the Easter holidays after I have had a little more practice.

Driving Lesson #34, #35 & #36

February 23, 2009 – 12:46

Sorry to anyone who was expecting posts on Thursday and Friday time kind of caught up with me, my lessons since last Wednesday have been much better, I still made a few mistakes here and there. Drove under some pressure after one of the Pastors at my church decided to follow us along Church Street and finally left us going up The Upper Drive apparently I handled it well.

So tomorrow is my test thank you to everyone who has wished me luck and said they were praying for me. It is much appreciated, I will probably tweet as soon as it is reasonable as to my result, if I pass it will probably be sooner.

I am nervous, I have had butterflies in my stomach for a couple of days now however I am handling them reasonably well without too many physiological manifestations.

Part of the test incorporates one “show me” and one “tell me” question; these range from telling the examiner how to check the tire pressure to showing the examiner how you would check the indicator lights are working.

In the instance of the former the answer would involve getting the correct pressures from the owners manual, using a reliable pressure gauge, checking the tires when they are cold, check there are not cuts or bulges in the tire wall and ensuring the tire cap is replaced afterwords.

The latter would involve turning on the ignition operating the hazard warning lights then checking all six lights (on a Corsa they are two rear, two side and two front).

There are 16 questions that they could ask, all of which are published on the DSA website.

Right now it is time to find something to occupy my mind for the next 10 hours or so that I don’t fret about the test.

Driving Lesson #33

February 18, 2009 – 19:42

6 Days and counting

That was bad, wrong side of the road and indicating far to long. Could do better.

Driving Lesson #32

February 17, 2009 – 19:23

7 Days to Go

Funny old day today, made one sill mistake that if in a test would have been a fail. Spent a fair bit of time today parking in bays, started off at ASDA, who despite being in the empty part of the car park told Kev he could not teach learners in Car Parks. Went down to Marine Drive and had people driving behind us while trying to park in the bays.

Anyway seem to have got he parking in bays quite well, did one perfectly by accident, still need to remember to keep checking behind me.

Driving Lesson #31

February 16, 2009 – 19:36

8 Days till the test

Got a lesson every day this week, so I am just going to do short summaries rather than write anything at length. Aced turning round in the road again, missed a check on my reverse park and went too close, then too wide then got it right on reverse round the corner. Also had a tendency to drive a little to far right on faster roads, must remember the two points on the windscreen the markings should pass through.

Tomorrow is bay parking more reverse parking and reverse round a corner.

Strange SPQuery Behaviour

February 13, 2009 – 13:31