Today my Transition Year class, Shelton did a driver’s education course. We split into two groups and our group learnt how to drive first. The driving instructor was called Ann. Michelle, Evan and I went into the car together she first taught us what the different pedals were the A, B, C’s accelerator, brake and clutch. We learnt how to drive the car and we each got a turn driving in the car around the basketball court and practising how to reverse. This was scary at first but was fun.
We then went onto the mechanical part of driving. We learnt how to change a tyre when your tyre is flat.
· Pull in on the hard shoulder straight away or in a safe place.
· Check 5 things before you leave the car
· Car in first gear.
· Hand break on.
· Engine off.
· Hazard Lights.
Then through the tyre changing procedure;
· Put the reflective triangle up 60m away.
· Loosen the nuts on the tyres.
· Put the car jack in, lift the car about 1 inch.
· Put the safety stand and the spare tyre under the car.
· Loosen all the bolts.
· Place the spare tyre on.
· Tighten the bolts.
· Place all equipment back into the car.
· Retighten nuts.
We then learnt where the brake fluid and water went into the engine and how to check the oil.
After that we went out onto the grass and put on beer googles, these blur you vision and we played a game of soccer. This was really funny and enjoyable.
After lunch we went to the computer room. We each took a theory test I got 30/40. We then tried to find a car on done deal and got quotes from axa.ie. The budget was €6,500 and we quickly learnt that being a young driver insurance companies don’t give cheap quotes.