I didn’t speed up after I passed the written exam. The “original mistake” I made was to ask the driving school to get my driving permit done, thinking that I would start to practice immediately. However, by that time I didn’t really know when I’d pass the theory exam and I always thought “it’s anyway not yet time for driving exam”, so I wasn’t really too enthusiastic about my practice.
After I passed the exam, I started to get a bit nervous. The driving permit would be expired in about two months. But we’ve got a trip to Hungary in the middle and it’s also vacation time, which means everything is slowing down. I was also feeling lazy due to the hot weather. Time flied. Two months were gone.
The driving permit was expired and I just had to go to the driving school to get my second driving permit, which cost me more than a hundred bucks! I was asked if I would like to “try” to take the exam and see if I’d pass. She must be kidding! I was still having problem changing from one gear to another. Every person will have only two chances after she/he passes the theory exam, and I wouldn’t waste it just for “practice”!
So, I started to get more serious after I got the second driving permit? Of course not! I was busy with my work, and the weather was so hot that I’d rather stay home in front of the computer. When the weather started to get more agreeable, I went back to Taiwan for a month. Guess I just didn’t want to do it and tried my best to postpone it as much as possible.
In any case, even though I didn’t practice too much, I still got to realize what kind of strange habits I’ve picked up when I was driving the old car in the driving school in Taiwan. The very car I used in Taiwan is really an old one. When I change the gear, I have to let go the clutch really fast otherwise it would die. So when I started to drive “normal car”, I automatically let go the clutch soon after I change the gear. You just imagine how it’s like if you’re the one in the car. At the beginning I didn’t really realize where the problem was, but after a few months I gradually got to feel the balance between the clutch and accelerator and the timing of it. Thinking back, I then discovered what the problem was.