Saturday, August 13, 2016

Alex Driving The Highway During Rush Hour


Song:  Invincible

From:  World Of Warcraft




Until today...
I have been having Alex drive two hours a day on most days.

We had been concentrating on highway merging late at night.

Today was Alex's first highway driving during the day...
and at the beginning of rush hour.

Although we will still be concentrating on highway driving for a while...
Alex had done very well today.



During the first part of the lesson...
Alex drove the same two highway on and off ramps...
back and forth...until I could see that he was comfortable in his merges.







I have stressed to Alex the great importance of 3 - 4 seconds 
of lead space behind the car in front...
and that of driving 'in the bubble'.

(In the empty spaces between the 'packs' of drivers.  
People have a natural 'herd' mentality.
They like to gather, and drive, together.
Safety lies between the herds...
where no other cars are...
in the bubble).

As I have been having Alex practice and practice his merging...
he did very well...even with many cars on the highway.

We then went to areas of super merging...

(where traffic merges in an 'X'...dual merging...
onto and off of the highway...in the same short stretch of highway)

and Alex had handled it well.

We then departed the highway...
skirted downtown...
and then went past his university.




We then entered a construction zone with unpainted lanes...
many cones, and confused drivers.


The driver in the red car just in front of us didn't know where to go at first.

She couldn't decide on the left or the right side of the road, so...
she stopped in the middle of both  :)

I had Alex wait until she finally decided that she wanted to go straight...
whereupon...
we went left.



As I had Alex previously drive this same route at night...
he did very well in the day with much traffic.

Of course...
I am sitting right next to him and guiding his mind beforehand
(looking and thinking ahead...
I think aloud to him so he can adapt the same line of thought as he drives).



After an hour of driving...
we then headed home.


We are still a few miles from home here.


Alex has also had much practice in driving in school zones...
and in using his mountain gears.


We are nearing home here.


Alex at home, just after his most impressive driving performance to date.

Today was his most complicated hour of driving...
with the most variables presented...
and he had come through masterfully.

Of course...
we still have many hundreds of hours more to practice...
but Alex is coming along very well.

Daily practice...
plus Alex's willingness to listen and learn with deadly seriousness...
allows Alex to learn in a steadily progressive manner.

And, because Alex is so conscientious...
he is learning at such a rapid rate.

7 days a week...
at least one hour every day...
allows...
muscle memory...
eye / hand coordination...
correct and repeatable habits...
to form. 



Tomorrow we are going to celebrate Alex's great progress
by eating at a Korean BBQ for lunch...
and then having Alex drive us into the Sierra Nevada mountains...
and to Boca and Stampede Reservoirs.


Compared to today...
tomorrow's drive will be relaxing.


This will give me the chance to get Alex familiarized with the necessity
 for greater following distances in mountain highway driving...
and in meandering one and two lane mountain roads.










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