Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Fully Licensed

I sat my full driver's licence test yesterday, and I'm pleased to report I passed. The test was much less stressful than I had anticipated; I was purposely trying to keep myself calm beforehand because last time I made a few mistakes solely due to nerves.

I had a lovely testing officer from Invercargill. He was relieving a Dunedin officer, who had to go up to Oamaru to train a new one there. He seemed to enjoy the change of scenery, and tried to chat a bit with me (I wasn't falling for that one -- if you chat you get distracted). He also helped me through the hazard identification section: after I did the first one, he told me how I should have said it rather than failing me on that one and moving on.

In terms of geekery -- and I'm sure that's what you, gentle reader, are interested in -- there is a website called Practice, which eventually send you out a CD-ROM. This CD has interactive exercises which simulate you driving and get you to click on the hazards. I used this, and I found it very useful when I had to do the real thing. I think it also made me use my side mirrors more.

I haven't driven anywhere that I couldn't on my restricted yet. Maybe I should make somebody sit in the back seat next time I drive.


Anonymous said...

Hey Stu, congratulations! I knew you were going to pass!

Stuart said...

Hey, thanks Anonymous!

Beatrix said...

I was the anonymous, I was wondering if you could guess it was me - Lucy :)