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    Never learned. Tried it, didn't like it. I know I don't have patience or attention span. If I have to take a LD trip anywhere I go Greyhound. You meet some very interesting people that way. Locally, if I can't get somewhere without a car there's obviously no reason for me to go there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wade Wilson View Post
    Locally, if I can't get somewhere without a car there's obviously no reason for me to go there.
    Hahaha, I get such a kick out of you...

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    I love driving. It was easy for me to pick up...I remember my driver's ed instructor complimented me for accelerating on the freeway better than the boys.

    It's understandable that the details overwhelm you, though, because you do have to pay attention to a lot of little things going on at once. I definitely had to learn to be more observant (especially of the cops on the road). Quite a few speeding tickets later, and I am now much better at noticing the things going on around me.
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    Driving was a lot of fun and was easy for me to learn to do. I got better over time, and I got the full hang of it in about a year.
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    It took me several years to become even reasonably competent at it. I was a horrible, horrible driver for a long time--I found keeping up with the constantly changing sensory details very difficult as well.
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    i havent even been driving a year.
    im kind of anxious behind the wheel. i just have a constant stream of second guessed decisions, "do this"/"no, that"/"go now"/"wait"/"do both?"/"ahhhhhh"/"were they honking at me" so sometimes instead of taking the quickest path to a destination, ill do whats comfortable and take roads i know.
    fortunatley i havent had an accident yet but only because ive been lucky and others drivers reacted. i dont really think about consquences sometimes, as if life were a video game [= should NOT be driving]
    my short term memory sucks too. so does my sense of right and left. my driving instructors ahd to resort to pointing. my depth perception is good but everything just gets undermined by my lack of confidence.
    i found learning to drive really exhausitng, there was too much at once and i dont have the best attitude; me: "there, that'll do", intructor: "thats illegal".
    like i care, if it works it works and if i know i can do it perfectly i dont feel to need to proove it.

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    I didn't really have a problem learning to drive. I've never had a wreck, but I probably should have with my ability to tune out what's going on outside of the car... I like driving a lot when I have a good CD in, but I've been known to kinda forget to watch the road. My reaction time is good though. I luckily have a knack for jumping back into the real world when I need to.

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    I am an okay (like as in okay really crappy) driver. I live in Texas so you HAVE to drive otherwise I'd take the bus.

    When younger I found the best thing to do was to let me learn to drive without a bunch of people in the car commenting. I liked highway driving best as there were less distractions. I still cant talk and drive.

    Eventually it became second nature and now I drive a standard preferably.

    However I have totalled three cars. In two cases the person in front of me stopped suddenly in bad weather and I plowed into them.

    In one case, I was on a highway with stop lights. The light was green and, I was going fifty, and the guy in front of me had just started moving. I didnt at all realize how he slow he was going and plowed into him as well. Where is Si I ask???

    However my fourth wreck was not my fault and Ne saved my ass as a semi plowed into a lady in his blind spot and both came flying my way. But since I saw it coming I had slowed and swerved around them, and just got clipped a little.

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    I didn't have much trouble learning to drive, but I think it's easy to look back and say that. Especially as you're first starting, there is a lot to notice and pay attention to, but it really does become second nature after you get used to it.

    Having said that, the "video hazard" test that you describe (never had anything like that when I learned) does sound sort of tricky - I'm enough of a space cadet that I don't notice many of the details either - but as far as actually driving, I'd not be too worried. Be careful, and you'll almost certainly be okay - you get a LOT more sensory feedback from actually driving than just watching a video - it's easier to cue up on and notice things when you're involved in the whole experience.

    Also... if your instructors are anything like mine were, they're sort of trying to "scare you straight" by giving you the worst outcomes to odd situations and steer you to a conservative approach (which is a good thing, all things considered). I'd say relax, pay attention, and it'll be fine
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    Quote Originally Posted by BerberElla View Post
    Err lack of replies = lack of NP drivers?

    I am filled with confidence now.
    LOL. Here's the truth - I failed the written portion of the written exam 3 times. There are only 3 exams. The fourth time, I got 1 question wrong and finished the test in less than 3 minutes. I just kept studying the exams I had taken (and failed) and it was like using using a cheat sheet - I literally memorized the answers to all the questions.

    The driving test, I passed on the first try. If anything, I was too cautious.

    I think I am a fine driver. Meaning I am just as good and just as bad as everyone else especially with years of experience now. When people tell me they are "excellent drivers" it's like when people tell me they are good in bed or a good writer - I don't really believe them and in fact believe the opposite to be true. Because if it were true, you wouldn't have to advertise like that.

    One of my earlier jobs was basically as a sales account manager and my territory was spread across 3 states (and technically 2 more but I rarely had to go, but when I did, it was an overnight stay). We got company cars and received driver safety instruction and did a lot of driving.
    I logged about 25,000 miles a year with that company...or whatever is "a lot".

    I LOVE driving, it's very relaxing for me. I used to get really nervous with other people in the car with me but otherwise I have my moments of driving zen. LOL. I am a more aggressive driver than I used to be but I'm still very cautious compared to some - I'm not into road rage or getting into fights with neighbors over parking and such. I have told neighbors to get out of my parking space before, though, lol.
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