Relearning to drive
April 26, 2012 10:08 PM Subscribe
I've got some questions about driving after a hiatus of several years.
posted by pavane to Travel & Transportation (14 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I have a current driver's license, but I haven't actually driven a car in over four years due to not owning one, and I'm rusty. I'm looking to start some basic driving again; just enough to do things like get to the store and driving friends who have been drinking.
I've noticed when riding in cars someone else is driving that I now feel like a passenger instead of a driver; I'm no longer in the habit of noticing certain things about the road/environment that I did when I was driving regularly. So, I'm planning on taking a few hours of driving lessons to brush up before I drive alone again, but I'd like to make the most of that time by making a list beforehand of stuff I need to relearn or get re-habituated to.
1. Can you help me generate a list of driving tips and rules I might have forgotten? The more non-obvious the better, but I won't be offended if I remember it. I'm more interested in stuff that feels like habit to you as a drive--I can reread the rule book, but I need to relearn the habits that don't come naturally any more (e.g. honoring right-of-way instead of being "polite").
2. Any driving exercises I should go practice in the big empty parking lot by my house? I know I need to relearn parallel parking, for example.
3. Any recommended reading (besides the Rules of the Road) to remind me of things I might have forgotten?
Bonus question: I'm pretty sure the states I've move among don't have laws about a driver's license losing validity if you're not actively driving under it, but what kind of terms would I search for to make sure this is true?