We’ve reached the halfway point in the IAM advanced driving course – usually a crucial time when the focus can either drift or intensify as people start considering the final week when the examiner steps in. The Highway Code poses a real threat, especially to some whose last proper look was way back in the 20th century.
Meanwhile in the classroom session we’re moving on to signalling, manoeuvring, cornering and the art of driving in town. We’re shown film clips of parallel parking, turns in the road and reversing around a corner – the sorts of things some go out of their way to avoid.
Living in a busy town I’m no stranger to street parking and generally have no problem with it, but as soon as I’m asked by long-time IAM observer Keith Madderson to slot into a generous space on a quiet Leamington suburb, I waste no time in hitting the kerb. It’s the same story for reversing around a bend, to which I overcompensate on a second attempt by ending up two feet away. Taxi! It should be noted that a learner driver we pass seems to be having more success with the same challenge. Keith advises practise, practise, practise.
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