Okay so I’ve been driving for the last several years with permit after permit
(never alone obviously), because I’ve been too nervous to take the exam. With
good reason I guess, after today!
I went in at 9 am to take my test and had to shuffle around for a couple of
hours trying to get a fax to come in from Geico, because our new car doesn’t
have new insurance cards yet. Only the cover sheet would come in at the
department of licensing’s fax, because their machine was sooooo old. We had to
run downtown to a mail and copy center to get the fax.
Then we came back and I was tested by a TRAINEE, who had her superior sit in the
back and judge her testing me.
My fiance yesterday told me that when parking at a curb you always turn your
wheel to the curb, and working this out in my head plotting the movement of cars
rolling up and down hills I came to the conclusion that it made sense. WRONG.
You’re supposed to turn the wheel AWAY from the curb when parking uphill. I
couldn’t see the logic in this because if you don’t park real close to the curb,
your car will swing right into traffic. So I got that one wrong.
She said I never checked my blindspot when changing lanes of traffic (I did but
I only like to turn my head a little so my shoulders don’t move, I’ve found it
makes me swing my steering wheel just a little and I don’t like that). I guess
next time I will have to turn all around in my seat so they can see me checking
She told me I didn’t stop behind the white line at stop signs (I swear I did, I
just always creep up past it afterwards to check lanes of traffic on either
side, because otherwise you cannot under any circumstances see them, with the
white line so far back). She told me that when backing around a corner I didn’t
stop (my bad) and check for pedestrians - that was a nervous mistake because I
didn’t quite equate “as if you’re backing out of your driveway” with the
situation of backing around a corner on a street.
I failed abysmally at parallel parking, as I bumped the curb backing into the
spot, and forgot to signal going into it (they have a 4-post setup on the side
of their parking lot they make you park into) - but the girl told me to parallel
park after I’d mostly driven past the posts so it was a sudden and abrupt kind
of situation, so nervously yes I forgot to signal.
Now I understand marking me down for bumping the curb but, I cannot in any
logical or rational way understand why bumping into the curb hurts anything
whatsoever, under any condition.
Of course, I lost it and bawled into my fiance’s chest after this fiasco, and
made another appointment for next week. Sigh.
On the way home it was horrible, as I saw people at every opportunity
driving worse than me on a bad day, and very much worse than me at my
driving test. Sigh.
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