Yes! You read the title correctly!! I drove!! By myself!!
And I'm still alive!
OK, so my instructor came to pick me up.
I wasn't sure exactly what to expect.
I get in the car and he says we are going to a parking lot so that he can see how advanced I am.
I could have saved him the trouble: I've never driven. Not with other cars on the street.
Not with stoplights, turns, pedestrians.
Did I mention NOT with other cars!?!?
Anyway, he had me drive around the parking lot, had me make left and right turns.
Then he said it was time for a break.
I said "Heck, yes!" (Well, I thought it, anyway.)
We went to the QT on University and Extension.
Now University around this intersection is pretty busy, especially around 4 pm.
Chris, my admirable instructor, goes to get a drink and writes up some notes, telling me what I need to work on (i.e EVERYTHING!) then proceeds to tell me that I am now going to drive.
He states that I have been doing so good so far and he thinks that I am ready.
After only 1 hour!!
Needless to say, I begin to question his sanity.
So I get behind the wheel and slowly back out.
I get to the sidewalk and realize I have to make a left turn onto University.
A LEFT HAND TURN!!!
I basically had to screw my courage to the sticking place and do it.
So... I did it!
I made a left hand turn onto University!
I then proceeded to drive all the way down to Power, the on to Baseline,
to Lindsay and on Home!
I drove all that way without any mishap!
OK, I confess.
I did make a small mistake right when I was turning onto my street.
I was making a right hand turn; I stepped on the break, turned the wheel, and instead of stepping on the gas, I just stepped harder on the break!!
I pretty much stopped in mid turn!!
Anyway, besides that, I had no mishaps.
I'm pretty excited to do this.
It's my next big step to independence, to empowerment.
It's a little mind blowing.
Watch out World!