Sunday, February 1, 2009

Do they make training wheels for cars?

The other day I asked a complete stranger to park my car for me. I just couldn't do it. It was so frustrating. (Ok he wasn't completely a stranger. He was just some new guy that recently started working with me)

I think I need to take driver's Ed again.

Actually seeing as how I never took driver's ed, I probably should start there. Just take the class.

I'm twenty three years old, and got my license when I was 21 -ish going on 22. (Which I'm totally not ashamed or embarrassed to admit. Whatever. I know people who are over the age of forty, who don't drive. So it's all good..And the only reason that I got it was because my mom told me to have some courage for once in my life. And also because I was getting kind of sick of being dependent on others.)

Basically, to make a long story short, I was, (and still am) terrified of driving.

I'm scared that I'm either going to kill myself, or someone else. Or both.

And I thought that once I got used to it, I would be fine. And I am fine.


But when I go through a long period of time where I haven't driven though, for like maybe a day, I feel like I lost the hang of it. I've heard people say that you can never forget how to drive. But believe you me, you can forget.

I mean, when I do remember, it's not like I'm that great either. I drive like an old lady. 60 mph. Or whatever the speed limit is. I've even found that occasionally I will drive below the speed limit And if I can help it, I will stay behind a huge semi truck so people wont think that I'm the one driving slow.

One time, it took me two hours to get to a place that was half an hour away.

There was a period of time too, when I had the hardest time reversing. I didn't know which way to turn the wheel. My sister always tried explaining it to me by saying " You turn the wheel whichever way you want the butt to go" Yeah, I never understood what that meant either.

And don't get me started on parking. Oh man. I leave for my second job two hours then I normally have to, so I can find a parking spot on campus. And I park super far because 1.) the place I park at is free 2.) I know my friends are too lazy to leave the university library to give me their parking pass and I'm not even going to bother asking them and 3.) I actually know how to park there. It's a pain in the butt in the winter because I have to walk to main campus, which is like freaking ten minutes away. And when it's cold and snowy outside, and there's icy water everywhere, my socks get wet and I get frostbite. And when I leave campus late in the evening, its really really creepy to go that particular area.

I can't parallel park (Actually a lot of people can't. So that kinda makes me feel better).

I used to never check my blind spot. One time I decided that maybe I should, and thank goodness I did, because there was a car behind me.I don't check it with a quick side glance though. I have to completely turn my entire head to make sure there isn't a car there.

All of this makes me think of how I used to get really irritated and aggravated with my sisters' driving. And I used to think that they were the biggest idiots for not knowing how to park a car or drive a certain way. It looked so freaking easy. Looked being the operative word.

So yeah...basically karma is a you know what.

And to sum up, my driving is crap. I blame the driving road test person for not failing me.


Mrs. Cullen said...

first of all i know your #2 was partly directed towards me, C.C. and S.M. but WHATEVER. i am not lazy. i will let you borrow my pass, ok? ok? ok? anyways. um. second. i don't know why, but as i left work today and saw you still in your car doing God knows what..I thought to myself, does she know what shes doing? Should i help her? Even though there was no car in front of you or behind you..i was confused why you didn't leave before me since you got into your car before me. maybe because you were afraid to do something stupid and i would see? hahhaah who knows. anyways. don't worry, you will get used to driving. and you are not the only one who has the fear of killing the people in the car. I have been driving for over 6.5 years and i am still afraid to kill ppl in my car, and myself. i duno why. i suck at driving. sigh. ok goodbye <3

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MarjnHomer said...

lol practice makes perfect. and i still wont parallel park and if i can i will avoid it!

Ines said...

so like me when I first started lol
Believe me it does get better. I'm a 37 years old pro.

Cheryl said...

I hate driving. I absolutely hate driving.
It's even worst when you're new to the roads, and you're unaware that people drive like idiots.

I've thought about running cars/people over.

Perplxintexan said...

I have the best drivers ed story ever. I was sitting there mortified of failing when a bunch of geese cross the intersection.

Drivers ed guy: So, what do we do if kids or animals cross in front of the vehicle?

Me: Flashes smile, uhh..

Him: Run 'em over doll face. There will always be more...

Me: OH. :O Then I proceeded to look both ways and plot my escape.

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fuelMybrain said...

And drivers like you are the reason I drive very defensively, hee hee (and have extra insurance coverage, lol).

Hang in there! And a great tip for parallel parking: pull up to the car in front of the open spot so that the end of that car is about at the half way point of your car. Crank your wheel all the way to the right (clockwise), then start backing up and when you are almost to the curb, crank the wheel all the way the other way and ease the car back. There you go, go practice... if I could learn it in a 15 foot 1967 plymouth (my first car), anyone can master it!

random moments said...

Hi there, just returned a visit. Glad I did, your driving tales are adorable! I think its sort of like learning a new language past the age of 10. I think there's an expiration date or something, maybe that past a certain age, certain things become more difficult to learn for us?

Hang in there! If it makes you feel any better, I have ZERO sense of direction. I still have to ask for directions to my sister's house 10 minutes away!

Artistic Logic said...

although im pretty bad with directions (which you're the expert at)
i can parallel park with one pinky on the steering and my eyes shut
no seriously, i have to thank living in H-town for that.... 2 years of parallel parking everyday was awesome

Mutmainnah said...

Oh man your so annoying, I thought man if F I mean C.A can drive then anyone can do it. And now your being all dramatic and making me antsy. i always thought I'd be one of those girls that can race with ppl. Sigh. Now you scared the hella out me

provoking invoking said...

don't be scared mutmainnah, you might be a natural.

i've been driving since i was 12.. i used to drive myself to driver's ed, lol. and i totally wish i was a racer. CC is scared of my driving but at least i don't text while i drive, like our friend H.K.

when you're always late to everything.. you learn how to be aggressive when necessary..

supreem said...

hahahahahha!! lol. it's called public transportation... this is why we need it in michigan.. lol.