Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Alex's Week 7 Driving Lessons - City Left Turns


Song:  I Get Around

Group:  The Beach Boys


I was going to have Alex do nothing but highway merging this week...
however, during one of our drives in the city...
I noticed Alex was having trouble with left turns in standard light intersections.

He was used to left arrow controlled intersections.

In the city...
most left turns are just standard lights with no arrows.


So...
I had Alex practice his left turns in the heart of the city...
during rush hour in the day...
and at night.

We did the same four block circumference...
over and over.

Round, round, get around... :)




Since Alex had grown used to the left arrow controlled intersection...
he was at first...confused with the non-left arrow controlled intersection.

I had broken the non-left arrow controlled intersection to 2 easy to remember portions...

1) Oncoming traffic

2) Pedestrian traffic to the left


I had Alex say each as each cleared:

"Oncoming traffic - clear."

"Pedestrians - clear."

And if they were...
I would say...

"Go."


And with much practice...
Alex got the hang of it.





On this night...
I had Alex drive the same streets at night.

Although it is less crowded...
there are many dark clothed pedestrians and cyclists crossing at illegal points...
and it is more difficult to gauge distance.


 Yes...
such meal deals deserve to be up in lights  :)




Many of the downtown police units are on bicycles.




Although Alex had done very well with his left turns on this night...
I am going to give him at least another full week of left turns in the city...
but at different intersections this time around.


We will continue doing this type of training until Alex feels fully comfortable doing it.

City driving is the most complicated because there are so many numbskulls on the streets.

These numbskulls make last second dangerous changes...
never signal...go the opposite of their signals...do anything they wish...
and all at the most dangerous times.

Now...
numbskulls are not to be confused with boneheads.

Numbskulls operate as if there is nothing between their ears.


Boneheads merely take a while for something to sink in...
but once they get it...they forever remember.


And NO...
I am not a numbskull... 
I am a bonehead.  We are completely different :)









2 comments:

  1. Left turns without the arrow definitely require some practice, particularly in rush hour when the oncoming traffic seems constant, even right through the yellow light. Sounds like Alex has gotten good practice in all different types of situations now.

    I enjoyed your clarification on the difference between a numbskull and a bonehead, haha!

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  2. I will be giving Alex plenty of more practice in the city and with highway merging. Anytime I notice a weakness, we will then do concentrated practice until it becomes second nature.

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