Saturday, October 15, 2016

Alex's 100th Hour Of Driving Lessons - Rain



Song:  Pipeline

Group:  The Chantays



Alex has been doing very well with his driving lessons.

For the past week...
I have been having him concentrate on city driving...
highway merging...
parallel parking.

Since a storm blew in today...
and to celebrate Alex's 100th hour of driving lessons...
I just had to get Alex on the highway to practice driving in the rain.

Before Alex gets his driver's license...
I will have given him many more hundreds of hours of concentrated driving lessons.


I had Alex practice highway merging in the rain.

One of the first things Alex had noticed was the greatly reduced speed of the highway traffic.

I had Alex extend his following distance and greatly reduce his speed...
and I told him to notice the spray patterns of vehicles ahead of him.
Large amounts of spray tells where deeper spots of water lay...
and so, where he needs to be extra cautious by slowing even more
 before he reaches the same spot, to prevent hydroplaning.

On one of our highway merges...
a highway patrol unit passed us with his lights and siren on.

There was an accident farther up the highway.

I pointed out to Alex the number of idiots on the road during heavy rains
whom have no sense...whom have no care for other drivers...
the ones who keep the same speed during heavy rains as in perfect conditions.

These are the idiots who hydroplane and cause accidents.






Alex got a little nervous when, during heavier rains, the lines on the road 
started to disappear.

I told him to use the left or right most side of road paint lines,
or road separators, to gauge where his lane is.

I also told him to look forwards several hundred feet and use the lines he can see there 
to keep him centered in his lane.

As a last resort...
I also told him to follow the most conservative driver on the road...
and to stay at least 5 seconds behind him...
and that if he is driving much slower than the rest of the traffic...
to use his emergency flashers as he drives.


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Alex is doing so well learning how to drive.

He still makes rookie mistakes sometimes...
but, as I have told him...
that is because he is a rookie.

He knows that he does not know...
and so...
that is why he keeps learning.



Believing to the contrary is the big problem with so many knuckleheads now a days.

They have been taught that they are just as good as anyone else.

They don't even stop to think how foolish this line of non-thinking is.


A person whom is just as good as anyone else...
HAS NOTHING TO LEARN...
and so...he doesn't.


Alex knows he has so much to learn...
and so...he does.









2 comments:

  1. I dislike driving in rain, particularly at night as it can be hard to see the lines. The worst experience I had with rain was one time when my wife was driving on a highway and and the rain was coming down so hard that we could barely see even a few feet in front of us. I had her slow down, of course, but I was very nervous that someone would rear end us or that someone in front of us would be stopped completely. I breathed a sigh of relief when we were able to get off at the next exit. Anyway, great that Alex is able to get some practice in the rain. It won't be too much longer now before he can practice in snow, which will be another challenge.

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  2. I can hardly wait for the first chance to have Alex practice driving in the snow. We will start out just in the neighborhood, and then slowly progress to our first routes. Just from the rain, Alex noticed the increased stopping distance from wet brakes.

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