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My 1st Driving Lesson, or, “Hey, it’s just a scratch”

19 Feb

Well! I went on my first driving lesson today! I only hit 4 people! And the 3 of them will heal up just fine! The other one…well…. we’ll forget about that.

IM OH SO EXCITED I FELT REALLY GOOD OUT THERE, I THINK I’LL BE A GOOD DRIVER. I THINK I WILL RESPECT THE RULES OF THE ROAD AND NOT HAVE ANY ACCIDENTS. I THINK I FINELY FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH IT AND AM NOT SCARED ANYMORE. MY DAD SAYS I NEED TO WORK ON STAYING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD. I DON’T KNOW WHY I KEEP DRIFTIN OVER BUT THAT SHOULD GET WORKED OUT SHORTLY.

Beth

Dad here: Yes, today was Beth’s 1st practice at driving.  For the most part she did well.   Once reason Beth never learned to drive is she could never get over the fear of 2000 pound weapon.  It used to scare the heck out of her.  Since her accident that fear appears to be gone. Beth drives like a brand new driver and does the typical mistakes new drivers make.  For instance, she has to look down to use the turn signal and she wasn’t sure which way to push it when making turns.  She also had some issues with the pedals, using the gas for the break and vice versa, although that only happened twice.

We did some panic stops and the 1st one took her a good 1.5 seconds before she responded, but each additional one she got quicker and quicker.

And for some reason, even when going straight, she drifts, rather quickly, over to the left side.  Although near the end of the 30 minute session she did so less frequently.

Parking.  Wellllllllll, that’s going to require lots of work, either that or the city’s going to have to increase the size of all the parking spots! 😉  We tried parking to the left and to the right, and she doesn’t have the feel for the car yet so normally she parked very close to the left line.  We also tried backing into a parking space and she got it right in the middle!…..of two spaces. LOL!  We had a good laugh at that.

So on the way home we talked about it and joked about it and had setup a joke to tell as we entered the door so Sandy could hear.  (That’s the one she typed at the start of this blog)

We also decided to add a few pictures to make the joke complete.  Enjoy.

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Posted by on February 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

3 responses to “My 1st Driving Lesson, or, “Hey, it’s just a scratch”

  1. Granpa Mooter

    February 20, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Sounds like You did good Beth!! Your Dad had all kinds of problems!! He didn’t know that You shouldn’t ogle the Girls while behind the wheel!! And stop picking His nose or his neighbors nose either!!
    I think You will do better next time!!
    Love Grandpa

     
  2. Sue Hille

    February 20, 2012 at 2:06 am

    What a great achievement just to be trying driving again. You have come so far, Bethany that it takes my breath away – sort of like you caught the jet stream of God’s healing Spirit! We are so proud of you for even trying the driving challenge, and empathize with your dad as we clearly remember Will’s trauma of teaching our daughter to drive almost 40 years ago! She took things so literally that she would keep going out a driveway designated as “exit only” even when a car was entering the driveway because, she said, “That car should not be there.” “But it is!” Will would scream as he grabbed the wheel to miss the oncoming vehicle. She also swerved so hard to miss a squirrel in the road that she tipped our VW bus up on 2 wheels and almost flipped it onto it’s side – then she burst into tears when will said, “Just keep going and hope the squirrel has the sense to get out of the way”. Kim did finally learn, though, and now amazingly drives hundreds of miles on the busy freeways of the Dallas area! Hang in there, Paul! Will actually kept his sanity and today can relax even when Kim is driving…

     
  3. Rachael

    November 29, 2012 at 6:05 am

    All I can say is, I’m staying off the roads!

     

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