When your left hand is busy moving front and back, right hand trying to be kept straight and once in while moving left or right, left leg half in air, right leg trying to give different pressures, eyes moving left,right center, and head trying to be calculative, ear listening and mouth tight shut.
Still dint get it? I am talking about learning a four wheeler. I have been trying to following all the instructions given by the instructor, felt this is the toughest multitasking I am doing.
Let me explain,
Class1: just try to keep the steering in control. I practiced that one full class. And to keep the vehicle to one side of the road, left extreme.
Class 2: I learn, ABC or driving. No no its CBA.. clutch, break and accelerator. I try and start car with just half release of clutch, feel the engine gear up and move the car. It was quite a task. Every time i do, the car used to stop. Then comes the gear. The instructor shows me the diagram and says first,2nd,3rd,4rth and reverse gear. I practice to move in 2nd gear.
But what is the mistake I do?? Guess??
Not pressing the clutch and trying to move the gear..
Class 3: I take the car on NH5, yes on a highway, and move the car in 2,3 and 4th gear. Yup, this increased my confidence.
Class4: now the twist of turning came. For someone who is thin with not much of strength on arms, try out to turn the mechanical steering, at sharp cuts. So I was taken around a park and made to just turn and turn. Turn left, right.. oh don’t for the indicator.
Class 4: now, it time for me to practice speed controlling. Only with accelerator , slow brake and just to move the car in first gear and clutch control .
Class5 : trying to drive with the footwear. Yes, first 4 classes were with bare foot on ABC.. but I had to Judges the pressure applied with footwear.
Class 6: here comes the reverse. The car moves in the direction you rotate the steering, its not mirror driving. It took time for me to understand the concept. So again in the park, move left and right and go straight back.
Class7: trying to make and 8. Yes, it was part of driving test to be taken, so again go to plan hockey ground and make an 8, and drive on the previous tire marks made.
Class8: repeat all the above classes.
Class9: her, I am asked to park the car in the basement of my apartment. I struggle. Move the car front, take reverse, and move front.
Class 10: practice reverse on a curved road and 8, as I was taking the driving test that day.
What happens, I go the RTO office. Show my LLR letter. They ask me to take a car standing there and give me the keys.
Now I try and recollect the instructions given by the instructor
Step1: adjust the car seat. Yes, I am short, so have to move the seat forward.
Step2: unlock the hand break
Step 3: start the car
Step 4: move the car only in first gear. As passing the test is more important than showing the speed skills
Step5: carefully use the indicators before turning
Step6: follow the 8 path, take the simplest entry , so coming out and turning is not a problem
Step7: carefully take the car into the inbuilt ditch with half clutch and accelerate more to bring out the car. Remember, that car is in 1st gear.
Step8: carefully turn the car. Stop, take reverse with right hand on window pane, head turning back, and take reverse. ( yes my car stops here. The reverse gear was not falling in its place. I don’t panic, but try again and succeed. I was driving really slow that, people didn’t notice my car stopping.
Step9: I bring the car back to the location and stop it.
Step10: report back to the traffic officer and he says, “PASS”.
That’s how I get my license.
Finally I bought a secondhand car. After 2 months of getting license, I drove to office today. Thanks to my colleague who was kind enough to accompany me on my first day to office, in my car.
I am like, yes I did it.. in spite of hitting the compound wall while taking reverse, stopping and trying to start car in middle of a big signal, not getting panicked with lorry fellow trying honk honk, missing two speed breakers.. Driving in Vizag rains..
Note: you may hear more stories on driving from now on..
Ps. I don’t even know to drive a two wheeler, my dad has a strong feeling that I don’t have road sense.