Driving Practice Sessions: Week 142

Monday 21 April 2017

I met my instructor at the car park near work and we set off on today’s lesson.  Hopefully this will be the last one before Wednesday.  We turned left and then made our way to Union Street via a series of one-way streets.  At the junction of Union Wynd and Union Street, we turned left, missing the bus lane that was in operation at the time of the lesson.  We then went straight down Union Street, stopping at the pedestrian lights beside Belmont Street as we made our way to the Bridge of Don area.

We followed the road onto Castle Street then onto King Street, stopping at the traffic lights beside the Arts Centre at the junction of King Street, East North Street and West North Street.  When the lights changed, we went along King Street, stopping at the pedestrian crossing beside Morrisons, en route to the Bridge of Don area.  When we got there, we made our way to the dual carriageway, we had to stop at the traffic light controlled roundabout beside the Gordon Barracks.  We followed the road to the dual carriageway then turned left onto Broadfold Road.

When we got there, we found schoolboys spilling out into the road just past McDonald’s and sounded the horn.  My instructor was abused by them and we left them to go to the closest car park to practice reverse parking into a parking bay.  Once that was done, we left the car park and caught up with the boys as they carried on along Broadfold Drive.  We stopped beside them and my instructor had another word with them.  They weren’t exactly respectful and we drove off and carried on by turning left onto the Parkway.  We then made our way around the Bridge of Don with us ending up at the bus terminus area just before the new bridge.  There I was asked to do a three-point turn and then we made our way out of the Bridge of Don and back towards town.  This took us over the new bridge and past St Machar Academy.  We got back to where we started via Leslie Road and the Six Roads Roundabout.

When we got back to the car park beside work, we agreed to meet up again on 26 April 2017.

 

Wednesday 26 April 2017

Having taken a day off work, which I felt I needed as I was fresher than I had been for weeks, I met my instructor at the house and we set off from there towards Spring Garden and the Mounthooly Roundabout.  My instructor has taken to only directing me when he feels he needs to as I guess I am ready to drive on my own if only I could pass my test.  Hopefully today will be the day I can shed the L-Plates for good.  We made our way to the Bridge of Don area for the lesson before the test.  This is the fifth time I’ve been there so I should be pretty familiar with the drill by now.

The first manoeuvre we went through was reversing around the corner and and then I stalled at the steep hill which was the junction of Gordon Place and Woodside Road.  When I was in a position to turn right there, I almost shot out towards the kerb on the other side.  However I was able to straighten the car up on time.  We then made our way towards Woodcroft Avenue where we practiced both reverse parallel parking and the turn in the road (three-point turn).  We then left that area and made our way to the test centre where we practiced reverse parking into a parking bay.

I was nervous going into the test centre and my examiner was running late.  After clarifying I’d made a typing error with my booking (a lot had gone wrong in the run up to this test, let’s just say), the test started and the two show me, tell me questions involved looking under the bonnet.  On the whole the test went well and the original plan had been to do reverse parallel parking which I was happy about.  However, the council was in the middle of their recycling run and their lorry was in the way so we couldn’t do it.  Instead I had to do reversing around the corner which turned out to be the only thing I failed on.  And here was me looking forward to ending the week as a qualified driver.  Ah well, after ten working days, I can book one again so I’ll have a look once that has passed.

My instructor gave me a lift home and, because I’m going on holiday at the weekend, we agreed to meet again on 8 May 2017.

Driving Practice Sessions: Week 141

Friday 21 April 2017
My instructor returned from his holiday so I met him in the car park near work and we set off on today’s lesson.  Hopefully this will be one of my last.   We turned left and followed a series of one-way streets to get onto Union Street.   At the traffic lights we turned left onto Union Street then carried on along that street and onto King Street. 

At the traffic lights beside the Arts Centre, we carried on straight ahead and made our way to the Bridge of Don area.   We carried on towards the traffic lights controlled roundabout beside the Gordon Barracks and went onto the A90 Aberdeen-Peterhead road.   We turned left from there onto Broadfold Road. 

There, we were met by some schoolboys, some of whom were on the road.   My instructor sounded like horn only to be met with abuse from the boys.  We turned left onto Cloverhill Road and then right into a car park to practice reverse parking into a parking bay. 

We left and I was directed around the Bridge of Don area which included using an area near the Third Don Crossing to do a three-point turn.   We then went onto the bridge and made our way back to the city centre and ended where we started from.   We agreed to meet again on 24 April 2017.

Driving Practice Sessions: Week 140

Monday 27 March 2017

I met my instructor today at the car park near work and we turned left onto a series of one-way streets to get onto Union Street.  From there, we turned left onto Union Street and made our way to the Bridge of Don area.  The traffic lights were pretty much on our side and we turned from Castle Street onto King Street.   We had to stop at the traffic lights beside the Arts Centre but when they changed, we went straight ahead to continue along King Street, using the bus lane that starts at St Peter’s Cemetery and was out of operation.

We went straight ahead at the St Machar Drive roundabout and continued along King Street which became Ellon Road once we crossed the bridge over the river.  We joined the A90 Aberdeen-Peterhead road at the traffic light controlled roundabout beside the Gordon Barracks and continued along that road until we got to the AECC roundabout.   We turned left there to go onto the Parkway. 

We went along the Parkway and turned left onto Balgownie Road and then right to go towards the Grandholm area.   In that area, not far from the bus terminus, I was asked to do a three-point turn and then made our way back to the junction.  We turned right there and went along Balgownie Road towards its junction with Ellon Road. 

We turned right there and made our way back to the city centre.  We went along King Street and positioned the car to go into the right hand turning lane at the junction with Mounthooly Way.   We turned there and went towards Broad Street.   We turned right there and soon we were back where we started.   My instructor has some time off so my next lesson will be on 21 April 2017.

Driving Practice Sessions: Week 139

Monday 20 March  2017 


I met my instructor at the car park near work and we turned left onto a series of one-way streets to get onto Union Street.  From there, we continued along that street and onto Castle Street where we turned onto King Street.   We were stopped at the traffic lights beside the Arts Centre and when the lights changed we carried on along King Street and turned left at the roundabout at the junction with St Machar Drive.

From there, we went past St Machar Academy and drove through the Hilton area.  I was asked to reverse parallel park the car on two occasions and we made our way back to the city centre via Berryden Road.  We returned via Skene Street and Huntly Street to where we started from and we agreed to meet again on 27 March 2017.

Driving Practice Sessions: Week 138

Monday 13 March 

I met my instructor today in the parking bays not far from the office and we headed along a one-way street and turned left as we had an errand to run first.  So, we turned right at the junction of Skene Street and Esslemont Avenue and made our way up Esslemont Avenue towards Rosemont Place.   We were stopped at the traffic lights therr5.

When they changed, we turned right onto Rosemont Place and then left onto Loanhead Terrace.  This was to avoid a road closure on Skene Square.   At the end of this road, we turned right onto Westburn Road and were stopped at the traffic lights at the junction with Hutcheon Street. 

When the lights changed we went along Hutcheon Street and turned left onto Holland Street where we parked.   While my instructor went into Sillet’s Tyres to pick up a spare for the boot, I revised some show me, tell me questions. 

When he returned, we left Holland Street and turned right onto Stafford Street.   We then turned left onto George Street and made our way up Powis Terrace onto Great Northern Road towards the roundabout at the junction with St Machar Drive.  There we took the third exit onto St Machar Drive and made our way to the Bridge of Don area from there.

While in that area, I was asked to do a three-point turn and before too long we made our way back to the city centre.   That took us along King Street and we turned right onto Mounthooly Way and made our way to the Mounthooly Roundabout, exiting onto the Gallowgate.   From there, we made our way to the city centre via Berry Street and St Machar Drive. 

This took us back to where we started from and we agreed to meet again on 20 March 2017.

Driving Practice Sessions: Week 137 

Monday 6 March 2017

I met my instructor today at the car park near work and we turned left onto a one-way system and followed it to Union Wynd’ s junction with Union Street.   We turned left onto Union Street and followed the street toward Castle Street and King Street.   We stopped at the traffic lights beside the Arts Centre and waited for them to change. 

When the lights changed we carried on along King Street and made our way to the roundabout at the junction with St Machar Drive and went straight ahead.   We were behind a learner lorry driver who may have been on a test.  As he/she was driving slowly, I could only go as fast as the learner lorry driver was and kept a good distance from him/her.  He/she turned off at Broadfold Road which made us think he/she was on a test. 

I continued towards the AECC roundabout and turned left onto the Parkway.   From there, I was directed around the Bridge of Don area and turned the car in the road near an old folks home.  With that done, we made our way back to the city centre and when we got past the First Group headquarters on King Street, we turned right onto Mounthooly Way and then went to the Mounthooly Roundabout, turning off onto the Gallowgate. 

We then went to the city centre and made our way back to where we started from.   We agreed to meet again on 13 March 2017. 

Driving Practice Sessions: Week 136

Monday 27 February 2017

I met my instructor today at the car park near the office.  Normally his car is easy to find due to his distinctive sign but he’d parked between two cars which obscured his car.   Once I was satisfied that the mirrors and seat were set up for me, we headed out of the car park and had no choice but to turn left onto a one-way street. 

We made our way to the junction of Union Wynd and Union Street and turned left onto Union Street, avoiding a bus lane that was in operation.  From there, we carried on down Union Street towards Castle Street, following it onto King Street.  We had to stop at the traffic lights beside the Arts Centre then carried on straight ahead, continuing all the way to the roundabout at St Machar Drive.

We went straight ahead there and made our way to the Bridge of Don area.   We went straight ahead at the traffic light controlled roundabout beside the Gordon Barracks.  This took us onto the A90 Aberdeen-Peterhead road.  We turned left from there onto Broadfold Road.  We turned left onto Cloverfield Road and into test centre.  There we attempted to practice reverse parking into a parking bay but were unable to do so and left.

We turned left out of the test centre and left again to go back onto Broadfold Road.   From there, we turned left onto the Parkway.  At the roundabout, we turned right, following the sign for Parkhill.  We turned left onto Jesmond Drive and then right onto Newburgh Avenue.  There we practiced reversing around the corner and after that was completed, we turned right and then right again to go back onto Jesmond Drive.   After Middleton Park Primary School, we turned left and then right to go through a residential area and at the end of the road, we turned left.

We were stopped at temporary traffic lights and we turned left at the AECC roundabout.   This took us down the dual carriageway and at the traffic light controlled roundabout beside the Gordon Barracks, we turned right onto North Donside Road.  We went towards Scotstown Road and I followed my instructor’s directions towards Balgownie Road where, when the traffic lights changed, we turned right to go back to the city centre. 

On King Street, we turned right onto Mounthooly Way and when we got to the roundabout, we came off onto the Gallowgate and then turned right onto Berry Street, right at the roundabout and left onto St Andrew Street.   This continues round the corner as Blackfriars Street.   From there, we returned to where we started from and agreed to meet again on 6 March 2017.

Driving the roads of Scotland and the progress made from learner to newly qualified driver