[LMB] OT: Parallel parking

Raymond Collins rcrcoll6 at gmail.com
Sun Dec 19 23:54:47 GMT 2021


Back in the day my high-school offered a semester of driving classes. It
even had car simulators and a couple of cars. Unfortunately, I've heard the
driving class was canceled a few years after I graduated.

On Sun, Dec 19, 2021, 12:45 PM Matija Grabnar via Lois-Bujold <
lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk> wrote:

> On 16/12/2021 12:15, Gwynne Powell wrote:
> > Gwynne: I had a few lessons from a driving school before I got my
> > licence - but they do tend to grab the dash and scream a lot. Before
> > that, Dad was teaching me.
>
> When I was learning to drive in Yugoslavia, the instructors had a
> program they had to cover and it took them 20-30 hours per (normal)
> student - the authorities had no interest in making passing the driving
> test easy. It was intentionally difficult and expensive.
>
> They instructors didn't have to grab the dash, because they had a
> parallel set of brakes and clutch installed in the passenger seat of the
> driving school car.
>
> My instructor liked to get me chatting, then ask me a question just
> before a stop sign (to distract me), and then slam the brakes as soon as
> I drove past it.
>
> It was annoying at the time, but it taught me how to listen and respond
> to people talking to me, while keeping my eyes on the road and making
> driving my first priority. It's not difficult, once you know how do it,
> it's like riding a bike.
>
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