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About Driving

I was just reading Fennies post about driving here and there and I have to say I love driving.

I first learned to drive a tractor at 13. Then taking a tractor and trailer out into a field, coming back and reversing the trailer (with a full load of straw) back into the farmyard. I couldn't wait to get out onto the road.

My 17th birthday present from Mum and Dad was driving lessons. I passed my test on 17 September 1974. In the intervening 6 months my Dad made me drive every time we went out.

I think the main reason I passed my test was my Dad took me out to drive onto an industrial estate near us on the night before my test. He made me drive hard and fast round the estate. I can hear him now 'Keep speed up, right bend coming up, brake slightly, slow round, put your foot down now, accelerate out of the bend.'

Posted at 11th Aug 2017 - 06:02PM   Posted by KitKatCot   About Driving Comments: 9

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Fennie's Avatar You sound an excellent driver KKC, well done. I am not a good driver, not for a second would I admit that, though it is a matter of record that I have come through 53 years of driving without (touch wood) a moving collision accident, even if people are always hooting at me. Younger Daughter is like me and I always worry when she is driving. Elder Daughter though is a very safe and careful driver. So perhaps there's a driving gene. Like you I started driving tractors though I doubt very much whether I could ever have reversed a trailer. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 11th Aug 2017 at 06:56PM

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KitKatCot's Avatar I'm sure that you will never have to reverse a trailer Fennie, but if you do: trailer to go the left, turn the steering wheel to the right.Smile

Posted by: KitKatCot on 11th Aug 2017 at 07:19PM

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Withy Brook's Avatar I started driving lessons at 17. I failed my first test but then he failed everyone that morning! We went up to Scotland near Ullapool shortly after and I drove all the way there and back and passed my test no problem shortly after. My parents gave me my first car for my 21st birthday - a Hilman Minx. I have had many cars since then, almost all geared, though I often drive OHs automatic. In the last few years I have gradually down sized. I currently drive a Peugeot 208 but also OHs rather exotic Volvo, now 16 years old! I am happy on any type of road, though I did have to slam on the brakes today on a single track road! In the past 36 years I have driven quite a lot on the Continent, but will no longer let OH (90) or me (87 on Sunday) drive on the right.
When about 30 ish, I did drive a light Ferguson, with a trailer of corn and had to reverse it and tip the corn in the silo! Never managed to reverse a trailer since!
Also did a lot towards teaching my two children to drive, but rapidly gave up on my steps, as they had no idea where to start!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 11th Aug 2017 at 09:16PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar On my first driving lesson the instructor got me to drive out to a long straight quiet road on the outskirts of town and when we got there made me put the foot down, than we turned around and did the same on the way back.
"Now you know what it's like to do 70 doing 30 around town won't seem nearly so scary" he was right it seemed so slow with plenty of time to think. Very Happy

On my first test I was failed for indicating incorrectly at a T junction (when I was driving straight on) but as there was a lorry parked illegally at the T I indicated to overtake it... my instructor argued the toss that I was right to do so but the examiner wouldn't have it. Rolling Eyes
I had to do my emergency stop for real on both my tests!
The first time a dog ran out in front of the car the second time a boy on a BMX bike Shocked on that occasion the examiner calmly said "Thank you, we won't need to do that again... now if you would just carry on in this direction and stop next to the young gentleman on the bicycle" he proceeded to give the teenager a right bo**ocking for being so stupid, the boy looked rather sheepish and apologised before we carried on our way. Laughing

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 12th Aug 2017 at 10:15AM

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Withy Brook's Avatar I forgot to say that I had my HMV licence back in 1957. I was driving heavy vehicles for the WVS as it was then. We were the emergency team, with lorries carrying equipment, canteen lorries and a water tanker. It was great fun, especially when we fed and watered the police lining the route from York to Hovingha when Kate Worsley married the Duke of Kent.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 12th Aug 2017 at 09:14PM

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Fennie's Avatar Wonderful! I was with a driving school and probably over confident. Failed first time. Then I went to a second driving school and the man said I hadn't a hope of passing my test. (By this time I had bought a car anyway - very old, death trap) and I went out and passed in that. The examiner was the man who had failed me before. In the middle of the test it started to rain. I had to ask him to get out of the car so that I could put the hood up. He didn't think it necessary. So I tried with him in the car and knocked his hat off. He passed me but said I didn't deserve to pass coming out in such a car. I agreed. Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 12th Aug 2017 at 09:17PM

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Camilla's Avatar Well done Withy you did a very important job with the emergency for the WVS.

The name Worsley, is Kate Worsley the mother of the Royal Curator Lucy Worsley?

Posted by: Camilla on 13th Aug 2017 at 02:04AM

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Camilla's Avatar Passed my driving test first time with my driving instructor Mr Butler who was Irish and a lovely man, kissed him on the cheek when he passed me and HL and I took him round a bottle of Whisky to his house to say thanks, that was way back in May 1982 and the hottest day of the month. I remember I was wearing a pale pink cotton jumpsuit what was I thinking!

Grandson passed his test on Wednesday so happy for him he will be 18 next week, glad he passed just worry now that he stays safe on the roads.

Posted by: Camilla on 13th Aug 2017 at 02:14AM

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Withy Brook's Avatar So far as I know there is no relationship. Kate is certainly not her mother as she, Kate, is the Duchess of Kent.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 13th Aug 2017 at 09:28PM

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