Monday, August 27, 2012

Driving Lessons

The title of this post has no connect with the movie of the same name. So any one who has wandered here by accident hoping for a movie review may stop reading (or not).

Driving a motorised vehicle is an idea which terrorizes me, for reasons which I am yet to fathom. I have had lessons in driving a 2-wheeler and have done quite a few miles on it but still never went beyond the learning stage. With lack of personal vehicular mobility becoming a minor hindrance in commuting and embarrassing as well, have finally decided to take matters into own hands (rather fingers). Have decided to blog about the issue here. Hoping that putting it on a public forum may finally overcome that unsourced fear.

So the first few learnings which came about, even though I wasn't the one driving are here.
  • No point in being embarrassed. Tackle things head on. 
  • Do not drive alone at first. Having an extra brain in the vicinity helps.
  • Refer the manual. Keep it handy in case of a new car.
  • New cars have lots of safety features. Follow them. 
  • If a beeper is going on and on, there is some issue. Stop the car and try to find out. Me heard a beeper. Found that it was due to the hand brake being engaged. Disengaged it (Press button, pull up and release). So Lesson #1 - Disenegage hand brake when you start. And keep it engaged when parked.
  • Lesson#2 - Try to learn about the millions of buttons which are present all around. The switch for the fuel and rear boot are located near the driver's door.
  • Lesson#3 - The power windows come with a child lock. Make sure its ON/OFF as required.
  • Lesson#4 - And above all, keep yourself as cool and calm as possible. Rational thinking at all times is the biggest help.
  • Lesson#5 - Ask for help. Petrol pumps are a good place.
1st lessons done. More will come as I finally tackle it.

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