Driving Practice Sessions: Week 152

Monday 10 July 2017

 

I met my instructor at the car park near the office and we set off on today’s lesson.  I confirmed the date, time and venue of my next test which meant that we returned to the more familiar territory of the Bridge of Don for the lesson.  To get there, we went through a series of one-way streets to get to Union Street and when we got to the junction of Union Street and Union Wynd, we turned left, avoiding the bus lane on Union Street which was in operation.

We went straight ahead onto Castle Street and King Street and carried on going straight ahead.  When we got to the bus lane at St Peter’s Cemetery, noting it was out of operation, we used it but left it to avoid a portion of the lane that was closed for repair near Aberdeen University.  At the roundabout at the junction with St Machar Drive, we turned left and went up St Machar Drive.  We went straight up towards the roundabout at the top of the road, beside the junction with Great Northern Road.  There, we took the third exit to go along Great Northern Road and carried on until we got to the junction with Western Road where we turned right.  We then turned right to go along Hayton Road and from there, we made our way to the Third Don Crossing and went over towards Grandholm Drive which we turned right onto.

From there, I had to turn right and then right again to head along Balgownie Drive.  At the fork, not far from St Nicholas School, we turned left to go up Scotstown Road and followed that road towards its junction where we turned right onto North Donside Road, just beside the Blackdog pub and then left to go along Gordon Road.  There, I was asked to reverse around the corner onto Gordon Avenue then from there, I was guided further along the Bridge of Don then we made our way back to the city centre and back to where we started.  The next lesson will be on 18 July 2017.

 

Driving Practice Sessions: Week 151

Monday 3 July 2017

 

I met my instructor at the car park near the office and we set off on today’s lesson.  As he wanted to show me the area of the Aberdeen South Test Centre, we left the car park and turned left to use a series of one-way streets to make our way towards Union Street.  At the junction with Union Wynd, instead of turning left, we went straight ahead onto Bon Accord Street then from there, I was directed towards West Tullos Road which is a long road that goes us a steep hill.  At the top of the road, my instructor called the roundabout a mini version of the Haudigan Roundabout.  It didn’t seem that bad and so we turned right at that roundabout to go along the A956 past the shell garage and towards the slip road to the A90 south.

The speed limit of this road is 50mph due to the work being done on it, connected to the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR).  So, as we joined the road, I had to check it was safe to do so but another motorist chose to help out by going into the right-hand lane of the dual carriageway to make it easier for me to merge onto the road.  Once on the A90 south, we went along that road until the slip road for Portlethen which is where we came off.  I was then guided through Portlethen and we then joined the road to go north back to Aberdeen.  I was then guided around Cove towards the Gateway Business Park and the test centre.  At this one, the parking bays are aligned with each other which makes things a little easier.  There I was asked to reverse park into a parking bay which was a lot easier because of the alignment of the bays.

We then left the Aberdeen South Test Centre and we went back to Aberdeen which involved us more or less retracing our route back to the car park.  Due to a public holiday on 10 July, I agreed to meet my instructor again on 11 July 2017.

 

Driving Practice Sessions: Week 150

Monday 26 June 2017

 

Today, I met my instructor in the street, parked in a parking bay not far from the office.  That meant getting out from behind a parked car, a skill you’re tested on in the driving test.  We set off from the office and turned left to follow a series of one-way streets to get onto Union Street.  When we got down Union Wynd, we turned left onto Union Street and went straight down that street, keeping out of the bus lane that was well and truly in operation.  When we passed Archibald Simpson’s we continued onto King Street, stopped at the lights at the junction of East North Street and West North Street.

When the lights changed, we went along King Street and at the roundabout at the junction with St Machar Drive, we turned left to go along St Machar Drive and at the roundabout at the junction with Great Northern Road, we followed the signs for Dundee and went along Leslie Road.  At the junction with Hilton Place, we turned right and I was asked to reverse parallel park the car, keeping my right foot near the brake to control the speed going downhill.

Once that was complete, we turned right onto Hilton Avenue and then right again onto Clifton Road.  A short distance along that road, we turned left onto Greenmore Gardens.  At the end of that road, we turned left onto Great Northern Road and at the junction with Western Road, we turned right and went along that road, turning right to go onto Hayton Road.  We then followed that road then turned left to head for the Diamond Bridge.  There, I was directed through the Bridge of Don and reversed around the corner from Gordon Road onto Gordon Avenue.  After that, we then made our way back to the city centre and, when we arrived, parked up in the car park we normally set off from.  We agreed to meet again on 3 July 2017.

 

Driving Practice Sessions: Week 149

Monday 19 June 2017

 

I met my instructor at the car park beside the office and when we left, we had no option but to turn left as we joined a one-way street.  We then made our way onto Union Street via a series of one-way streets and from there made our way to the Bridge of Don area.  We made our way along Union Street which continues as Castle Street beyond the junction with Broad Street and then went past the Archibald Simpson pub onto King Street.  We were stopped at the traffic lights beside the Arts Centre Theatre.  When the lights changed, we went straight ahead to go along King Street.  We weren’t stopped again until we got to King Street’s junction with Seaforth Road and Mounthooly Way and when the lights changed there we carried on along King Street, making us of a bus lane that was out of operation.  The only time we left it was to overtake a bus that was taking on passengers at a bus stop.

At the roundabout at King Street’s junctions with School Road and St Machar Drive, we turned left and went up St Machar’s Drive.  We had to stop at the pedestrian crossing near Old Aberdeen and Aberdeen University but once the lights changed there, we carried on along St Machar Drive.  At the roundabout at the junction with Great Northern Road, we turned right and left the roundabout to go onto Great Northern Road.  We drove along that road until we got to the junction with Western Road, beside the Fountain Bar and the Canton House Chinese takeaway and turned right to go down Western Road.

We went along that road then turned right to go onto Hayton Road where we stopped.  There, I was asked to reverse parallel park the car behind a parked car and moved off after that.  We went along Hayton Road and then made our way to Gordon Mills Road and the Diamond Bridge, also known as the Third Don Crossing.  We went along the bridge and turned left to go along Laurel Drive and drive past Tesco.  We passed Bannantyne Health Club and Spa and at the roundabout nearby, we turned left to cross Persley Bridge and head along Mugiemoss Road towards the Haudigan Roundabout.  We turned left at the Haudigan Roundabout and went along Great Northern Road until the roundabout at the junction with St Machar Drive.  We turned right there to go onto Leslie Road which, after the junction with Clifton Road, becomes Hilton Street.  This led us to the Six Roads Roundabout where we went straight ahead to go along Westburn Drive.  We were stopped at the traffic lights at the junction with Westburn Road and when they changed, we went straight ahead onto Argyll Place and from there, we made our way back to where we started.  When we arrived at that point, we agreed to meet again on 19 June 2017.

 

 

Driving Practice Sessions: Week 148

Monday 12 June 2017

 

I met my instructor at the car park beside the office and when we left, we had no option but to turn left as we joined a one-way street.  We then made our way onto Union Street via a series of one-way streets and from there made our way to the Bridge of Don area.  We went right down Union Street, straight ahead onto Castle Street then turned the corner beside the Archibald Simpson’s pub onto King Street.  Just outside the Arts Centre Theatre, we were stopped at the traffic lights.  When the lights changed, we went straight ahead and from there, continued along King Street where we were stopped once more at the junction of King Street, Mounthooly Way and Seaforth Road.

When these lights changed, we continued along that street, using the bus lane that was out of operation at the time.  At the roundabout at the junction with St Machar Drive and School Road, we turned left to go up St Machar Drive, past St Machar Academy where we saw a group of girls cross away from the pedestrian crossing just a few yards up the road.  We turned right at the roundabout at the junction with Great Northern Road and then right at the junction with Western Road, just beside the Canton House Chinese Takeaway and the Fountain Bar.  We went along Western Road and then turned right onto Hayton Road and from there, we made our way to the Diamond Bridge (Third Don Crossing).  At the junction that takes you onto the bridge area, we turned left and took the bridge into the Bridge of Don area.

I was then directed around the Bridge of Don and in the Woodcroft area (not Woodcroft Avenue as there was already a driving instructor’s car in that area), I was asked to revere around the corner up a fairly flat road which made the manoeuvre a little easier.  I was then directed back through the Bridge of Don and soon we made our way back to the city centre.  That included a right-hand turn from King Street to Mounthooly Way then at the roundabout, we used the roundabout to go onto the Gallowgate.  Due to a road closure at Upperkirkgate, we had to turn right from the Gallowgate onto Spring Garden and then left onto Loch Street and then right again onto St Andrew Street.  From there, we made our way back to where we started by going past His Majesty’s Theatre then onto Skene Terrace, a nearby one-way street.  Once we got back to the car park, we agreed to meet again on 19 June 2017.

 

Driving Practice Sessions: Week 147

Monday 5 June 2017

 

I met my instructor at the car park beside the office and when we left, we had no option but to turn left as we joined a one-way street.  We then made our way onto Union Street via a series of one-way streets and from there made our way to the Bridge of Don area.  We went right down Union Street, straight ahead onto Castle Street then turned the corner beside the Archibald Simpson’s pub onto King Street.  Just outside the Arts Centre Theatre, we were stopped at the traffic lights.  When the lights changed, we went straight ahead and from there, continued along King Street where we were stopped once more at the junction of King Street, Mounthooly Way and Seaforth Road.

When these lights changed, we continued along that street, using the bus lane that was out of operation at the time to get through the traffic faster.  At the roundabout at the junction of King Street, School Road and St Machar Drive, we turned left and went up St Machar Drive, stopping at the pedestrian crossing near the High Street and then once more beside St Machar Academy.  We also had to stop to allow some schoolgirls to cross away from the crossing since they chose not to use it.  At the roundabout at the junction with Great Northern Road, we turned right as though heading for Aberdeen Airport and the Inverness road.  We continued along that road until the area beside the Canton House Chinese Takeaway where we turned right to go along Western Road and then turned right to go along Hayton Road.  We took the bridge from Tillydrone to the Bridge of Don and I was directed through that area.  In a quiet residential area, I was asked to do a three-point turn and then we made our way back to the city centre, which began with turning right onto North Donside Road and then going towards the traffic light controlled roundabout beside the Gordon Barracks.  We then went into the right-hand lane once off the roundabout and headed towards the city centre.

We went straight ahead at the roundabout at the junction of St Machar Drive and School Road and went along King Street.  Just past the First Aberdeen Headquarters, having got into a right-hand position beforehand, we turned right and went along Mounthooly Way and Mounthooly towards the Mounthooly Roundabout.  There, we took the exit onto the Gallowgate and went down towards the junction with Upperkirkgate and the now closed Broad Street.  We had no option but to turn right there and then made our way back to where we started.  When we got into the car park and stopped, we agreed to meet again on 12 June 2017.

 

Driving Practice Sessions: Week 146

Tuesday 30 May 2017

 

I met my instructor at the car park beside the office and when we left, we had no option but to turn left as we joined a one-way street.  From there, we went straight ahead and to follow a number of one-way streets to go to Union Street.  At the junction of Union Wynd and Union Street, when we were able to go, we turned left onto Union Street, careful not to go into a bus lane that was in operation at the time.  We went down Union Street and followed that road until it continued after Broad Street as Castle Street.  At the corner and pedestrian crossing beside the Archibald Simpson (Wetherspoons pub) we followed the road around the corner to go onto King Street.

We were once more stopped at the traffic lights at King Street’s junction with East North Street and West North Street.  When the lights changed, we went straight ahead and made our way to the Bridge of Don area.  At the roundabout at St Machar Drive, we turned left and went up St Machar Drive towards the junction with Bedford Road and Tillydrone Avenue.  We couldn’t turn left as it takes you towards a bus gate which is strictly enforced by the council.  We went straight ahead and turned right at the roundabout at the junction with Great Northern Road and went along that road, positioning the car to the right as we intended to turn right.

We did that just beside the Fountain Bar and Canton House Chinese takeaway.  We then turned right onto Hayton Road and followed that road all the way to the Third Don Crossing (Diamond Bridge) which took us into the Bridge of Don area.  From there, I was asked to turn right to go up Grandholm Drive and there I was asked to reverse parallel park the car.  Once that was done, I was directed around the Bridge of Don and on another quiet residential street, I was asked to do a three-point turn.

We then made our way back to the city centre, going along Ellon Road and King Street to do so.  We turned right onto Mounthooly Way and at the Mounthooly Roundabout, took the exit onto the Gallowgate.  From there, we went along the Gallowgate and turned right onto Upperkirkgate.  From there, we made our way back to where we started and agreed to meet again on 5 June 2017.

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