Rather than whining that people can’t drive in snow because it took me 3 and a half hours to get home (it snowed), let me teach you a thing about driving in snow and ice.
The lower your gear, the more you’re going to skid. Lower gears mean that the wheels spin more. You need to get into third as soon as possible, even if you’re not really going anywhere. Try to pull away in second gear, even if you’re going up a hill.
If you’re skidding, try steering from side to side to give the tyres new ground to catch.
When you meet a hill, wait for it to be clear before you attempt it - it’s important that you don’t stop partway up the hill, or you won’t be able to get going again.
When going downhill, use a low gear and avoid braking. Braking will just lock up your steering if you start to skid. If you have to brake, do so gently and slowly.
If you take one thing away from this:
If you start to skid, it’s natural to want to hit the brakes, but you might not be able to get going again. Try to steer into the skid - slow down (by taking your foot off the accelerator) and do not brake or stop.
My driving instructor kept telling me to “go straight” or “you’re not straight, turn the wheel a little” and I wanted to make a gay joke so bad it’s caused me physical pain. Then when we got back to the driving school, she literally wrote down “isn’t good at being straight” in her notes. I can’ttttt.
I was running away from home for some reason, and I was with someone (I can’t remember who), and we were on a highway but it was actually a street and there was a forest on one side of the road and in front of the forest there were parked cars? And there was an olive-green-and-wood-panelled RV and I stole it with my running-away partner and while getting into it, my suitcase, which I had, spilled open. I climbed into the RV and I had to do a K-turn, so I turned around and we drove away.
This is the third or fourth dream I’ve had about driving in the past two weeks. I don’t know how to drive and am too young to learn.
Listen, I know a lot of people don’t know what a turn signal is because they’ve never used one in their life, but I’m here to tell you that my turn signal isn’t a question. It’s a signal. It’s a sign. I am not asking you anything, I’m announcing that I’m going to move into the empty space beside my car, likely because I have to for location related business, like turning or changing lanes to exit at my highway exit, and not because I specifically want to enrage you in particular. You don’t have to like it, but if you leadfoot your gas pedal to try to zoom up into that space, please be aware that your actions won’t change what I’m doing. I’m still going to move into that space, and you’re going to learn an important lesson about which one of us cares more about their car.
And riding 2 inches from my bumper afterward isn’t going to undo my action, but it might make me take my foot off the gas until you decide to regain proper following distance.
Cait is actually knows a lot about cars and repairing them. Her car (a red 1994 Nissan Sentra) is her baby; she named her Ronda after Ronda Rousey. The inside of her car is pretty clean, but always wreaks of alcohol. On the road Cait is a monster. She has a lead foot and really bad road rage. She loves to lay on the horn. What’s supposed to be an hour drive takes her about 20 minutes. She’s also extremely aggressive when merging and passing. She has many tickets and has had her license revoked a few times.
Nick has a 1956 Catillac Classic. His car is pristine and smells like grandpa cologne. He has his case files stored neatly in his trunk. He takes pride in his car and gets it washed and vacuumed once a week. He doesn’t understand the appeal of naming cars, so he just calls it “my baby.” He sometimes participates in car shows. He tends to cruise, and usually goes much slower than the speed limit.
Piper has a 1970s Volkswagen Beetle named Hawthorne. She takes decent care of it, save for a few coffee stains on the seats, papers scattered on the ground, and the faint smell of cigarettes mixed with car freshener. She can’t help casually smoking while driving. She tries to drive at the speed limit, but often ends up speeding because she’s always late for something. The backside of her car is littered with bumper stickers.
Mac has a green 2000 Jeep Wrangler named Dennis. His car smells like cigarettes and McDonald’s, and is littered with trash. He doesn’t really care though. He just likes driving through the Commonwealth wilderness while listening to his rock and grunge playlist. He some minor roadrage and one or two speeding tickets, but he’s a pretty good driver overall.
Deacon has a 2003 Ford Focus— a common car so he can blend in. He named it Jim. Deacon tends to drive slower than or just at the speed limit, much to the annoyance of other drivers. He’s usually just really lost in thought…and by “thought” he’s just having imaginary arguments with himself and/or thinking up some clever puns and comebacks. Overall, he’s a decent driver. He is, however, the master of parallel parking.
X6 always has the nicest, newest sports cars. He loves his 2018 Lamborghini Huracan. He doesn’t name his car; he thinks it’s a childish practice. He takes immaculate care of his car on the inside and out and is a phenomenal driver. His car always has a new car smell. He doesn’t have any visible road rage, but is constantly questioning the intelligence of other drivers.
Curie has a white, 2015 Toyota Prius. Although the Commonwealth is already full of radiation, she does not want to contribute to the air pollution. She does not have a name for her car. Her car is spotless and smells like warm vanilla. She is a super safe driver— she will drive exactly at the speed limit and will always wear her seatbelt. She is very patient and does not have roadrage.
Like Curie, he does not want to contribite to the pollution of the Commonwealth, so he drives a 2009 Prius Hybrid. The inside of his car is clean and smells like pine. Preston is also a very safe driver and has never gotten a ticket.
Danse drives a 2017 GMC Sierra. He’s a pretty good driver and loves to listen to his country music playlist while he’s on the roads. He has roadrage, but mostly contains it (save for the few times he aggressively grips the wheel or mutters swears/insults about the other diver under his breath). He is an absolute STICKLER about wearing seatbelts and will scold his passenger if they do not put on their seatbelt. He keeps his car clean and the inside smells like leather.
Maxon drives a 2019 Chevrolet Colorado. He tends to have this weird, one-sided competition with Danse about who has the nicest, newest, most powerful vehicle. Danse is completely oblivious about this competition, but Maxon is obsessed with one-upping his “rival.” He is an aggressive driver and has pretty bad roadrage. He keeps his car very clean and the inside smells like cologne.
God it is so hard to drive when there are so many cool birds to look at! Where I live right now is filled with Cool Birds and all I wanna do is watch them. but I Cannot because I am driving 60mph and I Need To Watch The Road
I’m still kinda shaky but driving home a opossum starts walking across the road so I hit my brakes and stop. The poor thing stops for a second confused and the car behind me starts to go around me on the shoulder but the opossum started going that way and I freaked out so I honked my horn and the person stopped and I kept honking at the opossum since it stopped still in front of me and finally turned around and went back the way it came. I’m sure the people behind me thought I was crazy but I wasn’t going to let it get hit.
Boyfriend to me once: ‘Sharon, I know you are not an idiot, like you suggest. You have a degree in literature. Two, in fact. You know about Jane Austen!’
Me: ‘Yeah, tell that to my driving instructor. He said going with me on a motorway would be suicide.’
Y'all I’m doing driving classes and I hate ittttttttttttttt. But it got me thinking: Baz teaching Simon to drive. Like I can imagine him not learning because of being in a care home and I just think this could lead to Baz being a “great” instructor and getting really frustrated at Simon so fighting and fluff and stuff! Anyways if you know a fic like this, send it to me!! Or if someone wants to write one for a poor girl who hates driving… I’d love that 😊 @neck-mole @angelsfalling16 @f-ing-ruthless-baz @carryonsimoncarryonbaz @otherfanficwritersicantthinkofanyrn
A short text about my drive home tonight. I will get to my asks, but I’m in a very bad place emotionally right now, and I’m trying to heal first.
It’s almost ten o'clock, and the roads are dark. I take a turn onto the long, winding road right before the hill on which I live. Hozier is playing, and I only chime in for the chorus; it’s all I know. The street is empty and coated with a thin layer of snow as it falls quickly from the sky, flying at my windshield like 3-D static.
The song changes and I know the words now. It’s Take Me To Church. I slow down as I approach an area where houses are starting to pop up. All of the windows are black; it’s early, but no one seems to be awake. And there, in front of me, I see eyes.
Hozier’s voice echoes softly throughout my car. Amen. Amen. Amen. Slow and gentle, and in front of me now I watch two young deer hop gracefully across the thin road, glancing over to me as I slow in front of them.
And that’s all. A glimpse of eyes in the static snow, a godly tune whispering in my car, and then nothing.
literally nobody asked but here’s sone tips for driving
I got my permit and license in Oregon. What I say here might not be entirely 100% applicable in other states and especially other countries, so make sure to read up on the driving laws for your particular region! Driver’s manuals are usually free and can be found in pdf format, to my knowledge.
GETTING THE FUCK STARTED
Make your first drive in an empty parking lot. School parking lots are ideal for this, as they’re usually fairly spacious, accessible, and mostly empty on weekends.
Neighborhoods with wider streets are also a good for beginners as there’s relatively little traffic and usually have a good variety of routes to take.
Pay attention to the road while you’re a passenger, it’ll teach you the more major roads in your area once you’re ready to take them on!
In larger lots, the ideal situation is to be able to pull in (go forward into) a parking spot and then drive through an occupied spot to get to the other side of your row of parking. This way, you never have to shift into reverse while parking.
When pulling into a spot, drive on the opposite side of the lane of the spot and turn *real* sharp towards it when the mirror on that side roughly lines up with the parking line.
If you can’t pull through, it’s safer to back into a spot so you can pull out without having to reverse out and increase your isk of hitting something. Sadly, I don’t have any tips fo this, so practice in that emptry school parking lot from before!
Smaller lots are usually safe enough to pull in and back out of a spot.
When pulling forward out of a spot woth cars on either side, wait until the back doors at least are completely clear of the cars on both sides of you. The same goes with backing out of a spot, but instead of going by the back seats, wait until your body is clear. Why, you ask?
There’s some tips for parallel parking in Driver’s Ed- which I encourage taking if at all possible, it’s not that bad I promise- that I don’t entirely remember, but it went something like this: Line up with a parked car a few feet away and reverse at an angle, then straighten out until you’ve aligned with the curb. Follow the same rules as a regular parkin space to judge when to turn.
I don’t know about other places but in Oregon you can turn right on a red light, as long as you stop before turning and yield to oncoming traffic. Use this to your advantage.
If you’re about to enter an intersection and the light turns yellow, just keep going. You’re supposed to make every reasonable effort to stop, and giving yoursef whiplash and stopping halfway in the intersection is not reasonable.
Speaking of stopping in intersections, don’t. Even if the light is green, don’t go until there’s enough room on the other side of the intersection to fit your car because I can personally tell you that being stopped in an intersection is THE Most Terrifying Thing.
If you see a flashing arrow, treat it like a red light in a right turn lane. You CAN turn here, but you have to wait for oncoming traffic.
THE OPEN ROAD
Try to avoid driving in rush hour traffic until you’re more experienced. Just trust me on that.
Signage trumps all other laws. If the sign says “You can’t turn right on red here, motherfucker!” that means you can’t turn right on red there and you’re also a motherfucker. Follow signage.
Sometimes you’ll encounter a yellow-orange sign with a number on it. That’s the advisory speed. My general rule of thumb is that you can start by going 5 mph over it (which shouldn’t ever put you above the speed limit) in perfect conditions, and take away 5 mph from that for every bad condition on the road until you meet it.
Bad conditions include but are not limited to: Rain, night, obstructed visibility around curves (like trees, buildings, and hills), tight curves in general, and fog. For is worth double. Ice/snow isn’t worth trying to drive in without chains.
Try to memorize a route before you leave, especially if you’re driving somewhere new.
My Driver’s Ed instructor once gave me a piece of sage wisdom: “If you tink you MIGHT need to use your signaln use it.” So use it.
LIFE IS A HIGHWAY
Highway driving is the scariest type of driving, but remember that it’s also the simplest. For the most part, it’s literally just staying in your lane, but there are a few things you need to do.
First, you need to get on the highway. While on the on-ramp, hit the gas until you’re up to highway speed and look for an opening to change lanes into the highway proper.
Speaking of lane changes, this is just about the only time you need to worry about something in your blind spot. Usually you should have pretty good visibility approaching a highway, but it’s good to physically turn and look behind you before you change lanes. Make sure to use your signal when changing lanes.
You’ll also usually need to change lanes to get off the highway. Same principles apply, only it’s more likely you’ll need to check your blind spot. Slow down to the speed the off-ramp tells you.
There’s this funky thing called, I Shit You Not, velocitation where after you’ve been driving fast for a while you want to keep driving fast and disregard the speed limit. Hell, it happens even switching to neighborhood roads. Watch your speed in both circumstances.
Driving is anxiety-inducing for the first while, I know. I cried at the orientation for Driver’s Ed, and I almost never cry. Here’s some tips for that.
If you’re worried about the permit test or the written driver’s test, they’re both piss easy. I can’t speak for the driving part of the driver’s test because I never took it.
Taking Driver’s Ed is a huge help. There’s still anxiety in there, of course, but it’s in a controlled scenario and it gives you a good excuse to leave your comfort zone. Plus, at least for me, I didn’t need to take the driving portion of my license test because I passed Driver’s Ed!
If that’s not an option, think of it like a video game. You’re not great yet, but that’s because you’re just learning the controls. And once you’ve got the controls down, you start to learn strategyn and it gets easier and easier!
Also, I’d recommend leaving your phone at home during the earlier practice runs and silencing it whenever you’re driving. It’s one less thing to worry about distracting you, and I found it was a huge help.
Start small. Drive on little half-hour loops, start driving for small errands, drive to/from school/work, it all adds up.
Don’t tailgate. Ideally you want to put four seconds between you and who you’re following (which you can count by starting a count from when they pass an object and stop when you pass it)
On the subject, if you'rd following a big semi truck or a bus or something like that, make sure you can see their mirrors! that ensures both a safe following distance and also keeps you Safe from plowing straight into its dummy thicc vehicular ass
You’ve seen that one post that’s just full of memes about shitty BMW drivers? Yeah that’s real and that applies to most luxury cars, ESPECIALLY of the sports variety.
Notable exception to this, at least in my experience: Teslas. I don’t know why Tesla drivers are more cautious than most luxury car drivers but I’m guessing it’s because of the snobby culture around them that makes people not want anyone to touch their Shiny Expensive Tesla or else they’ll call Elon Musk himself to smite you
Honestly there’s a flavor of driver for every type of car out there. I’ve personally found that SUVs are the worst tailgatersand sedans tend to pull out at the worst times.
Adjust your side mirrors so you can only barely see your own car in the reflection andtry to center your rear-view mirror as much as possible. Also, adjust the seat to what’s most comfortable but give yourself at least 16 iches between the steering wheel or your face. There’s an airbag there, and in the extremely unlikely circumstance you get in an accident, it Will likely kill you if you’re any closer.
It’s not required, but it’s safest to keep your headlights on whenever you’re driving. Even in daylight, it attracts more attention to your car so other drivers can see you coming!
That being said, never turn on your brights. Unless you’re out driving at night in the fuckin’ boonies you’ll never need them, and they can actually create worse visibility than regular headlights in fog.
now go and drive fucker! you’ve got this!
(P.S. feel free to add any other tips onto this!!!)