Just a small update today. Driving around yesterday really helped, beyond measure. I decided not to drive to work this morning, because I’m still finding driving mentally draining and I don’t want to spend the first hour at work any more tired than I already am. However, I did drive home, and generally it was okay. Managed to stall it 8 times getting off the site I work at, but once past that roundabout I was fine. I suspect I took some roundabouts slightly quicker and with perhaps a little less room than my instructor might have liked if she’d been in the car, but there you go. Greté was patient and kept me safe.
By the time I got home, there was only an hour before my lesson started; and that lesson went really, really well. Just 30 minutes driving home in the car meant that when the lesson started my overall control was already much better, I was more relaxed, and a lot calmer. We did a lot of straight driving, talked about roundabouts, worked on my approach and control, and everything generally was just much better. One wobbly hill-start without enough clutch, but just generally much better. I even filtered onto the ring road in a manner which felt far safer than last time.
So, nothing funny to say, no mishaps, no panics, just enjoyable driving for a couple of hours, with a couple of decent 60mph runs.
I think I’ll try and drive a few times a week at least, mostly back from work (nice stop/start traffic to improve my control). I’ve said to Greté I don’t mind driving, as long as I’m not expected to talk to anyone when we get where-ever we’re going.
Theory test on the 27th – I better start reading and doing some practice on hazard perception then.