Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Driving...Part 1

Everyone expects me to be able to drive myself by now but alas I still do not know how to help myself in case you gave me your car keys. It's so bad that I can't even manage an automatic which people say drives it's self, of course I do not believe this because I remember once siting in my neighbour's automatic for almost 30 mins and the thing did not even move an inch despite all the honking I did.

So this morning when I found myself at the DMV offices, I felt I should try out the theory test for my permit. This was so abrupt and I was inclined to take the test as a first step to overcoming my driving phobia.

I swear the test was not even that long or difficult but what do those road signs actually meant? I once did SST and road signs where such a walk over. who does not know what a zebra crossing is and that red on the traffic light means stop?

In the end, my test results could not qualify me for the next step -getting a learner's driving permit. I was not really so disappointed at least I passed 14 questions and the consolation I have is I'd not really planned to do the test and it just happened simultaneously.

The American signs are somehow different from the normal ones am used to, wait, I don't even remember seeing or noticing any road signs during some of my rides in Kampala (being interested in).

I was given a book to go and read such that I can educate myself more about the road system and then come back for the test. I'll look at that book some time when am read to go start learning till then, driving is not a priority at the moment.

Props for those who have obtained their driving license, it's actually not easy like I'd thought.

How do you people manage driving? How did you win over the fears?

12 comments:

Robyn said...

take your time Bro.never had a fear for cars or bikes had a passion for speed,made my mistakes and grew up.Dont beat your self down,,it will pass with time.you okay?

Igiss said...

watch out for the pedestrians...

lulu said...

me i havent yet started learning but when i do, i shall be riding high! no fears, i anticipate it, i even dream it!

Buttercup said...

i feel u totally! i dunno how to drive, dont have a permit or whatever..the closest i've come to driving was when i went go-karting..scary, i tell ya!!

all the best anywayz..

Mjay said...

Now I see where I am going.
I guess its the road signs that just do you in, UG has non of that so I guess the important thing is getting the signs down. I'm toying with the idea of taking a D.test too, been sampling but have to first get over the fear of driving on the right and not the left as usual.
I'm with u

Princess said...

I sort of had driving lessons in Ug. Emphasis on 'sort of.'
I want to drive soo bad! :-)
Summer plot!

Ugandan girl said...

Hey Emi...i got your back....

Carsozy said...

It's sorta like swimming once you dive in you adapt or drown. I hope one of your next few posts will be about taking the wheel. how are things goin' When does internship end?

Mama said...

Hahahahahahaha! Laughing at your description of sitting in a car and honking it endlessly!

Oyin said...

ummm you dont know how to drive...

its ok, just take your time!!

TRP said...

lol...i laughed...i have like the hugest dri-o-phobia but am 'supposed' to start driving lessons...soooooonnn

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