What do zoo animals, bumper cars and pound coins have in common?
They all formed part of my first driving lesson.
Everyone else, apparently, just sat in a quiet side road. Not me. Terrifyingly, I actually drove round the block, which was very exciting. My first thought was “this is nothing like the bumper cars at fairgrounds!”
Ridiculous, sure, but it’s surprising how easily the pedals respond, particularly the accelerator.
Steering, however, is another matter and I found myself turning the wheel endlessly to make a right turn.
Here are my favourite insights from lesson 1.
1. The accelerator should be put down ‘the thickness of a pound coin’ at a time.
2. Gears are like animals in the zoo:
First gear = elephant (can carry the most dead weight but can only go 10mph)
Second gear = donkey (not as strong as the elephant, but faster)
Third gear = zebra (slightly weaker and faster than a donkey)
Forth gear = gazelle (fast but has to have the momentum to help carry the car)