Goal: Drive to a new place
One of my new year goals was to drive somewhere new. It was over a year since I past my driving test and my main experience was the commute to work.
When I decided to do a race in the Midlands I saw it as a chance to push those skills – I would also be seeing a friend who lived in Leicester – a city drive would be even more challenging!
Experiences and what I learnt:
I drove on the M1 for the first time
The drivers on the M1 are more aggressive and go faster than other motorways. My car – Boxy Brown was going at 80mph and despite this, drivers in the other lanes still shot past me.
I drove in a city centre for the first time (and it was rush hour)
This was purely accidental – I had planned to park just outside the city centre. My Sat Nav did not take me to the correct road so I ended up going right through the middle, stuck in a One-Way system in the main shopping area. I did not enjoy that.
In the end after avoiding pedestrians with a death wish I parked nowhere near where I had originally planned and ended up meeting my friend a bit late.
I got lost in a village
I should really have learnt from my earlier Sat Nav experience. I ended up following it blindly to my hotel.
It took me to the right place there but there was no suitable parking so I got stuck in a market town one way system and had to go the long way round because a road was closed off.
On the second time round I read the road sign wrong – missed the car park and ended up doing another lap of the village one-way system. I got to lie in my hotel bed eventually.
I got lost and ended up driving to a farmers house
The next day I had a race. I really had not learnt from my previous two Sat Nav mistakes and instead of taking me to the race, it took me to a private farm road and I ended up at a very nice farm house.
As the place was quiet and there was shivering runners waiting to start, it was obvious I had come to the wrong place!
I managed to park on a wet muddy field without getting stuck
I drove further down the road and found cars queuing to the event. Apparently a car had got stuck in the mud so they had to pull it out.
I was a bit apprehensive how I would manage to navigate the muddy field with Boxy – a 1 litre engine car. I took it quickly in a low gear and managed to park Boxy without a problem.
During the event it rained some more. I was a bit concerned that I would not be able to get out and as I approached my car I saw a few 4×4’s stuck in the mud. If they could not get out, how could little Boxy?
I took it slowly reversing out. Then I went to go forward in 1st gear, taking it easily as I did not want to bury my wheels in the ground. There was a bit of resistance but I did not stop and kept moving on.
As I drove Boxy Brown away, a tractor arrived to pull out a 4×4. I felt quite proud of myself.
So what next for this goal?
This goal was intended to be a little project to boost my driving confidence. I have already made plans to drive to the sea side and the lake district, therefore I do not see it as necessary to develop this goal further.