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.