Saturday, August 13, 2016

Alex Drives To Stampede Reservoir


Song:  Highway Song

Group:  Blackfoot


Before we started out on today's driving lesson for Alex...
we had lunch at a nearby Korean BBQ restaurant.


I had ended up eating too much...
so we went back home for an hour so I could let some of my food digest
before we went on the mountain drive  :)


Today's drive was to show Alex the increased distance requirement 
for mountain highway driving.

Today's lesson would also show him how to pass cyclists on narrow lane mountain roads...
as well as how to drive on gravel, and rocky dirt roads.




Alex kept driving 'in the bubble'...as he should have.

He is very good at doing this automatically.





Our highway exit was just ahead.

I coached him as to the approach speed...
as it had a 90 degree turn fairly shortly after exiting the highway.

He had to reduce speed from 65 to 15 MPH smoothly...
 which he had done admirably.


Alex is driving past Boca Reservoir here...on his way to Stampede Reservoir.



Alex got some experience driving past some wide loads in the opposing lane (Boats / RVs).


Alex had to also carefully pass cyclists sharing this road.

I emphasized the necessity for clearing a blind curve 
(being able to see far enough forward)...
before attempting to pass anything.

Alex did well.






We arrived at Stampede Reservoir.




Alex parked at a lookout point...
and we stayed for a little bit.







We then went deeper into the forest...
and I had Alex drive on a gravel road
(this was our route to one of our bike trails).


We then turned off on to a dirt road...
which became rather rocky.

I wanted to show Alex the extreme he should drive on...
and only for emergencies.

As the car soon began rocking from side to side as we slowly climbed over rocks...
and as I had to grab the wheel to help guide him through it...
I omitted taking more photos until we were, once again, clear.


We cleared the rocky portion...
and headed home.






Right before the entrance to the highway (above)...
there was a 270 degree turn and a short runway before having to merge.


Alex merged well...
but I also always stress to him his possible safe path to the shoulder should he fail a merge.

I had explained to him that sometimes a meathead in a car switches lanes 
at the last moment, to his...
 which would force him to have to abort his merge.

He would then have to slow and go to the right, on to the shoulder...
until it were safe to re-merge.




As this was Alex's first day of mountain highway driving...
I had him stay in the slow lane.

Especially when going on a sharper decline...
and when facing sharper turns at higher speeds...
centripetal force will cause the car to want to go to the outside of the curve.

I want him to have more hours in mountain driving before he experiences this.




As the reservoirs are actually in California...
we were almost back in Nevada here.

This sign is actually about the halfway point.

Whenever we see this sign...
we know that it is just another 20 or so minutes to home.


We were nearing our exit here.


Alex had driven for a total of 2 hours today.

He had gained some valuable experience in driving.


I also told Alex of my plan to have him drive us all the way to where we used to live
in California, and back (6 hour roundtrip), before the first snow falls.

I also told him that it would be daylight going there...
but it would be dark on the way back.

We should get home around midnight on that trip.

I want Alex to know longer distance driving...
and the associated fatigue...
a little at a time.

I am reserving the weekends for our longer and longer driving lessons...
while on the weekdays...we will keep the lessons to one hour every day.

Also, Alex will be driving us to Las Vegas next Summer
while he attends the ARML Nationals.


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Tomorrow...
Alex is going to drive us to Pyramid Lake.

It will take about 45 minutes to the lake...
we will then drive around the South end...
and to the East side...
where we will watch the sunset...
and we will then go home in the dark on a different highway.

This will give Alex some more experience on various roads and highways...
and under varying lighting conditions.


I wish to give Alex as much experience on dry roads before 
the snows or rains visit Reno.

I will then teach him how to drive safely under these conditions...
starting out on his beginning roads all over again...
and slowly moving him up to higher speeds and more complicated roads.













2 comments:

  1. Looks like Alex is doing very well with driving so far. I love the program you have set up for him, with a lot of repetition while weaving in new situations as he's ready for it. Great job, Shiroi!

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  2. Alex has been doing very well. He did a fairly long drive today...to Pyramid Lake. He is very conscientious on the road. He learns quickly. His confidence is growing with each day.

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