Driving Lessons. You need the right tools!!!!
Last Thursday, after taking driving lessons for 17 months, I finally passed the driving test and achieved one of my life’s ambitions, but I learned some things in that time. Here is my story and what I learned beyond driving.
When I finally passed the driving test on the third time, after 17 months, almost 170 lessons and having to replace a teacher (I’ll explain later why) I nearly exploded of joy when I received the message on my phone that said that I passed the test. It was a roller coaster for me at times, and one of the things I’ve learned is that you need the people who know their job around you to succeed. So let me explain to you what happened in that time.
The reason there is a picture of a tractor is, that nearly a year before I started learning to drive a car, I learned to drive a tractor which was a completely different experience. I passed the theory test on the first time and I got the driving license in my first test after something like 10 lessons and it felt incredibly easy (and I achieved it in a terrible personal time, just three months after my grandfather passed away and just two months after I failed a language course) and as a result I thought that if I can pass a driving test with this ease with what was behind me, surely driving a car cannot be any harder. When I started to learn for the car theory I came back from my best ever vacation of 2 weeks in America and I passed the theory test which I started studying just 3 weeks before the test, my mum started looking for a teacher, and this is where my 17 months journey, which could have been a lot shorter started
Firstly, something about myself. I am a huge fan of the Automotive world in all of its subjects, and until I reached the time I started to learn to drive, I watched Motorsport for a decade, I drove Karting a lot, I played driving Simulation games and as I wrote earlier, I also got a tractor license within ease. So when I entered my first driving lesson, I never thought for a second that it will take me so long to get the golden prize and that there is so much to learn. I decided, probably like a lot of Racing fans, to learn on a manual and in my first lesson I didn’t understand at all the idea of the clutch. I needed another lesson to understand how to use it. When I understood how to use the clutch, the teacher decided that he basically did all he needed and left me alone pretty much for nearly another 90 lessons. And now, I’ll start to talk about the subject at the top of the article.
In many things you need to have the right tools to succeed. Surprisingly for me, it has turned out that also what teaches you to drive needs to know it’s job. The first teacher I had was the one who taught my cousins and that my late aunt has advised my mum to have for me. Off course my aunt didn’t want me to have a teacher that won’t be good for me, but that is how it turned out and I spend 10 of my 17 months of learning to drive with him. The reasons for that were, for me, that I didn’t understand that not all driving teachers are the same and I thought that if I’ll change a teacher it will be the same. Why did I think so? I just didn’t knew other things. It took me until failing my 2nd test that when I told him that I failed it, he said to me and to the other guy who failed the test the same day with me basically that we are idiots and when I phoned him nearly crying later that day saying that I wanted to commit suicide, he pretty much laughed at my face. Luckily for me, my mum was able to read my face expressions and when she asked me if I wanted to replace the teacher (I wasn’t able to say it with words) she understood I did. 10 days after failing my second test, when my former teacher was on vacation, I started my first lesson with him and I must say that I felt a lot more comfortable within two to three lessons with him than with the former teacher. And I started then to realize, that not everything is down toyou.
I have quiet a few weaknesses. Whether it is in a school subject or blending in society. But I was pretty certain that getting a driving license won’t be something I’ll be weak in. But as the teacher turned my steering wheel a lot and even used the clutch for no reason, I thought that I did something wrong and when I asked him why he did that, he gave me no explanation and I was certain I was the problem. I never had one lesson without him turning my steering wheel or touching my clutch for no apparent reason. My first teacher was also trying to blame the entire world for not doing what he should do well. He told me that the testers do their best so you’ll fail (and when I failed the test he said to me that I received the only tester who wasn’t like that, twice) and once he was so focused on cheering when he heard in the radio that people have been killed that he didn’t even notice I exited the fuel station with the handbrake on. And when did I learn that? when I said it to my second teacher who told me that testers have no intention to make anyone fail, I also learned it when I heard from him that his students have passed the test mostly on the first time, in comparison to my former teacher whose students needed 5-6 tests at times. I realized as well when my second teacher taught me so many things that I didn’t even know existed when I learned with my former teacher. And after passing my first driving test with the second teacher, I realized a day later that he worked with me on things which were 10 times more difficult than a driving test.
And as I wrote earlier, last Thursday I passed my driving test and what I mainly learned from my whole driving lessons experience is that you need the right tools in life. I hope you enjoyed reading it and that it will help you. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to receive it. Bye