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Driving Classes Part 2 
3rd-Mar-2010 02:19 pm
Two months into 2010, I hope I complete all unfinished tasks of my life, which also includes getting a driver's license, especially after a gap of 4 years of starting the endeavor. I have an aversion to step into the RTO office, especially after the last time. Bcos of the two men in my life, I was discouraged driving Dad's car, and I never drove a car after that. I have been a vehicle challenged person all my life till now, I dont find it inconvenient to either walk or take public transport. However in cases of emergency, I have been helpless running around looking for transport.

Last Thursday, I suddenly called up the nearest Driving School and inquired for classes around lunch time. The guy immediately booked me for classes from 1pm to 2pm on the same day. Taking time to decide on the classes was sure going to lead to procrastination, so I gues it was a right decision to join immediately. Next week, our office is moving to Miller's road, so this is like an added pressure on me to complete my classes before my office moves.

The first day, the instructor who turned up was giving me just verbal classes, and he kept dozing off in between. When I bent forward to check something, I realized he was drunk. I didnt know how to respond to somebody getting drunk at 1 pm and turning up for a driving class on ROAD. We would have been booked if we were caught, 1) for Drunken Driving, 2) For driving without my LL . Since he didnt misbehave and we were not driving on the main road, I decided not to take up the issue with the driving school. May be bcos I have dealt with more worse drunkard situations before.

Second day, the drunkard tutor didnt turn up, another young man came with zero patience. By now, I was losing patience in the whole thing, I just wanted to leave him and the car and run away. However, I didnt want another interruption on the driving thing, so I stayed put. Third day,  there was another old tutor, who for some reason kept calling me "illa raja, ippadi raja" Well you call young kids "raja", at 28 plus, standing 5ft 9 inches, I wasnt very happy to be called "raja". Anyways, as long as he is patient with me, I can bear with it also for the time being.  5 days of classes, I have had 4 different tutors, and I guess, my learning which should have been progressive, has instead taken up a sinusoidal wave with its ups and downs. There is no continuation between classes.

Regarding teaching in general, I think many tutors follow this practice, make the student err, and then coach them to do it the right way. However I have a different experience with my driving classes. I think on road experience is different from a theory class, each turn, each signal, each speed breaker, you come across a different scenario each time. I have a feeling that if my tutor gives me 5-6  basic tips on the driving funda, I should be able to manage major things by mapping them to my live experience. Instead, what has been happening is, my tutors let me do my own thing, and then confuse me with what was right and what was wrong, The situations are so close that I cant really get anything right into my head and to add to this confusion, I am dealing with different tutors each day and each one has his own way.

I hope all this trivial things dont let me stop mid way. 2010 is a good year to accomplish all that was left unfinished. I have to repeat this mantra to myself every day.
3rd-Mar-2010 10:48 am (UTC)
That reminds me that I too need to get my Driving License. I tried for it in Oct 2009 but end of the day I was told I flunk in the driving test. That was a bit bad for my confidence.

Since then i am just pushing the whole affair of getting over it. Even my LL has expired now. Got to know that they no more renew the old LL but we need to apply for new one. God I have to go stand in that Queue again.

Hopefully 2010 also gets me my driving license. BTW I started my 4 wheeler driving almost 5 years ago but still being lazy to get those LL's converted to a DL.
4th-Mar-2010 03:22 am (UTC)
I had a LL too, but I have to do it again..
Hope 2010 sees you getting a DL .. All the best with it
3rd-Mar-2010 11:18 am (UTC)
Lol, wat crazy driver u caught hold of!!! ;) But having different drivers daily is not done at all right, they wont know what the other person would have taught u. Driving classes in Mysore are far more decent n cheaper :)
4th-Mar-2010 03:23 am (UTC)
Yes, the different tutors is kind of irritating.
Yeah, and compared to 2006, the rates have increased by atleast Rs 500 that too with lesser number of classes !
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4th-Mar-2010 03:23 am (UTC)
Yes, this time, I am more determined to clear it. I hope you get out of your phobia too soon :)
4th-Mar-2010 12:41 am (UTC)

I am in the same boat. Actually, I charged up some courage and passed my driving test(Local Roads) a few years back. Never drove after that. So going to be taking classes again, redo everything and prepare myself for the Highway driving test. I love the idea of driving but am terrified of doing the real thing, and this, in Canadian roads, probably the best in North America:-) But as an inspiration for you, let me tell you this. Most people from India that I have met have said that "if a person learns to drive in India, they can drive anywhere in the world".

Too bad the school is not organized or professional. Good luck and hope you will soon be a driver. As far as resolutions go, I am right there in your shoes:-) Yet to make anything happen, but hope to do so before the year ends.

- Kajan
4th-Mar-2010 03:25 am (UTC)
Thanks Kajan. I hope to drive soon too :)
All the best for the Highway Driving test :)
4th-Mar-2010 03:00 am (UTC)
I just recently got mine a year ago and one thing i learned is NEVER let your parents teach you driving!! btw good luck on ur drivers test!
4th-Mar-2010 03:26 am (UTC)
so true, I think your parents/siblings can never teach you properly, especially if the car is theirs !
4th-Mar-2010 12:23 pm (UTC)
Not true! I taught my daughter...without tears or fights!

4th-Mar-2010 01:08 pm (UTC)
I think you are right, But for my mom, I would have never learnt to ride a cycle all my life. My dad gave up the first day, my poor mom who was just 80% of my weight, bore me with all her physical and mental strength.. I think nothing can beat the first and best teacher nature provided us..
4th-Mar-2010 12:25 pm (UTC)
Er...I'd add "husbands" instead. 33 years after I started driving, my spouse still drives me NUTS with his advice. A cousin who was sitting in the back seat hearing the stream of "how to " and "how not to" asked me at the end of the ride, how long I had been driving, and I said, 33 years. She said, "Oh! from the way M was teaching you, I thought you'd just got your licence."
4th-Mar-2010 02:04 pm (UTC)
LOL ! I somehow had an impression that M was an epitome of patience and combination of all the best things :) Well, men will be men I guess ;)
4th-Mar-2010 12:22 pm (UTC)
Oh goodness....I've taught at least 8 people driving...and it's essential that the same (committed and able) person teach someone through the course! I went through driving classes in Muscat and had an excellent instructor (whose English took a bit of understanding though)...from him I learnt about merging, minimum speeds and that all-important thing...using BOTH the side-mirrors! (never needed in India.)

All the best with your goals A.
4th-Mar-2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks Deponti, If I dont succeed in getting the DL, I know whom to approach to for being my next tutor :)
4th-Mar-2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
What's the bet that your tutor had Raja whisky?
4th-Mar-2010 02:15 pm (UTC)
Is there a list you can compile for me ? I will keep it as reference, when the tutors call me different names :)
On second thoughts, am worried, why my tutors get drunk to come and teach me, am I so horrible ??
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