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    NPs in general are terrifying and reckless drivers. At least, that's what I get from observation and reading this thread.

    I'm mostly joking EXCEPT if you really are that bad at driving you are a risk to everyone else on the road.

    It does concern me for real, since I have seen (and experienced) what being overwhelmed and "out of it" do to the driver in terms of driving.

    The worst driver I've met is an NP and people (no joke) are scared to get in the car with them. In addition to always getting lost this NP has no awareness - of self, directions, speed, other drivers, traffic, pedestrians, etc.

    This NP's disregard for other people on the road and crosswalks is unforgivable and possibly criminal. Examples: they almost hit a pedestrian in a right of way crosswalk and merged onto the highway WAY too prematurely - I seriously thought we were gonna get hit but the SUV behind us but it swerved into the next lane. They've driven erratically and started swerving into the next lane - the car next to us has started honking and swearing at the NP but they are so clueless they don't realize it. They drive WAY too slow (15-20 miles BELOW the speed limit on highways). Drives with their elbows while they write down notes on the steering wheel, ETC.

    This NP does things like this routinely like it's not a big deal. Their cluelessness and irresponsibility is infuriating and one of the reasons I have had to minimize contact with them.

    Just a rant, I know it's kinda funny to talk about how good or bad we are as drivers, but aside from personality typing, a lot of being a good or bad driver just has to do with being responsible and practicing awareness. Or practicing, period.
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    It gets better the more you practice. Basically after 6 months, if you keep applying the same principle that the book tells you for proper driving it'll get to the point where its second nature. I was a pretty nervous driver when i first started (who wasn't), but I kept at it and now i'm pretty decent. Just remember to relax when you drive, you'll make less mistake and have better concentration. Don't worry too much about making mistake, just concentrate on what you need to do. Listen to the person besides you in case you forget to do anything, and remember to apply it the next time the situation arises.
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    I drive without even thinking about it, that's how easy it is to me. I focus on the road and stuff, but I'm not cognitively thinking about doing the driving. I think everyone gets to that point eventually; you don't even think, the car just moves. It's not as complicated as it sounds, and once you reach a certain speed, you only need to barely move the steering wheel (and I mean only barely; like half an inch) to get the car to follow curves and the like. You'll be fine I did very well after a month or so of bumpiness.

    Do make sure you pay attention to details though. I hit a patch of mud while taking a curve just a little too fast, and next thing you know.. I'm on an embankment... this was back when I first started driving.
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    Odd.. I found driving quite easy after the first corner really. Didn't immediately pick up that the steering wasn't 1:1 and hence took on an outside curb.

    I think I had like 70 hours of lessons but I'd swear blind that most of them were him checking to see if I actually was using my mirrors (took ages for him to mention "move your head I can't see your eyes flick over") and driving him around to look at college girls and new cars etc. Still, passed first time.

    Now most driving things are so automatic I hardly notice. I think it took me like 5-10 minutes tops to adjust to a left hand drive manual (thank GOD the pedals are the right way around). I no longer see details... to me it's like a computer game. On the screen I'm leaping about and blasting things with a gun, in reality I'm just pressing keys and gesturing with a mouse. The interface becomes as invisible as how to walk sometimes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xander View Post
    (took ages for him to mention "move your head I can't see your eyes flick over")

    Now most driving things are so automatic I hardly notice. I think it took me like 5-10 minutes tops to adjust to a left hand drive manual (thank GOD the pedals are the right way around). I no longer see details... to me it's like a computer game. On the screen I'm leaping about and blasting things with a gun, in reality I'm just pressing keys and gesturing with a mouse. The interface becomes as invisible as how to walk sometimes.
    Thats a lot like how it is for me. Always had instructors and testers saying I never check my mirrors.

    I'm usually lost off in my own lil world inside my head while driving, passengers in the car usually have to snap me out of it to talk to me. However i'm still aware of everything going on around me outside of the car. I've been driving for 14yrs and haven't been at fault in an accident once.

    I'm more of an aggressive driver as well, I'll pass slow people the first chance I get. Wait.. It's not really aggressive as much as it is the fact I just don't like being behind anyone. Pulling me out of my own lil world as you speed up and slow down constantly annoys me to no end.. STOP IT!

    I drive a lot tho (avg about 30k miles or 50k km a yr excluding work travel), half the time I don't have a destination, I'm just out driving. It's like my place to go and ponder life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ender View Post
    Thats a lot like how it is for me. Always had instructors and testers saying I never check my mirrors.

    I'm usually lost off in my own lil world inside my head while driving, passengers in the car usually have to snap me out of it to talk to me. However i'm still aware of everything going on around me outside of the car. I've been driving for 14yrs and haven't been at fault in an accident once.

    I'm more of an aggressive driver as well, I'll pass slow people the first chance I get. Wait.. It's not really aggressive as much as it is the fact I just don't like being behind anyone. Pulling me out of my own lil world as you speed up and slow down constantly annoys me to no end.. STOP IT!

    I drive a lot tho (avg about 30k miles or 50k km a yr excluding work travel), half the time I don't have a destination, I'm just out driving. It's like my place to go and ponder life.
    I vary and will happily follow for 50 miles or be raring to get passed based upon mood alone.

    One weird thing though, throughout my lessons I mastered everything but the whole turning of the head, come the test I almost failed on gear changes but aced the whole perception thing
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    I drive like a nihilist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Synarch View Post
    I drive like a nihilist.
    90mph in 1st gear LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xander View Post
    90mph in 1st gear LOL
    Well, I have blown various parts while driving.
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    My dad taught me how to drive when i was 10 years old. :/

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