After one can drive country road and 30er zones so to some extent, come the special trips on the highway. I went into this driving lesson with a bit of trepidation, as I had still had problems with shifting gears two lessons earlier, and my driving instructor said: "You've got to get the hang of shifting gears now!. If it goes soon on the highway, something like this must not happen to you."
Now it was time. Turning left onto the freeway on-ramp. Here should not be driven faster than 50 km/h. Before making the right turn onto the acceleration lane, you must already – if possible – pay attention to the traffic on the highway and use the turn signal. Because as soon as you are on the acceleration lane, you may/can't look around anymore.
After the curve was finished, I should accelerate. In third gear I start to slowly push the gas pedal down. But that is too slow. My driving instructor tells me that I should press the accelerator pedal fully and does this also in this moment, so that my foot groped first in the emptiness. Up to about 100 km/h. The engine starts to "howl. Now you have to look to find a free gap in flowing traffic. Luckily there were nice drivers who changed to the left lane to allow me to enter the highway. Of course nothing goes without mirror and shoulder view here too. Just changed to the right lane, you must immediately change to fifth gear. Of course, you should also turn off the turn signal, but I didn't notice it at that moment, because it was the first time I drove over 100 km/h and the speed fascinated me. My driving instructor made me aware of it, because otherwise it would have probably confused one or the other car driver.
Arrived on the highway, I was allowed to accelerate up to the speed limit of 130 km/h. Now I had to learn to overtake. And it works like this: to make sure the lane is clear, you look in the rearview mirror. However, I found it very difficult to estimate how far away a car is, because it was already dark and you could only see the headlights. Then you turn on your blinker and look over your shoulder before changing to the other lane. When changing lanes you have to take care that you don't steer too hard, which I did once or twice. But this is by no means the end of the overtaking process. If one sees now directly before the overtaken still another slow vehicle, one should also overtake it directly with. If, on the other hand, there is a sufficient gap, you should change lanes again to allow even faster traffic to overtake you. It is best to start flashing when you are next to the person you are overtaking. As soon as you can see him in the rear-view mirror, you get back in line while looking over your shoulder. Here too, do not steer too hard.
For practice I drove every exit out and in again. At the 300 meter mark, which indicates the beginning of the deceleration lane, you start to turn on your blinker. From 200 meters no more gas is given – if one is not under 100 km/h. At 100 meters you do the shoulder view. Drives off the lane at 0 meters. To the beginning of the curve – that is, the end of the deceleration strip – is to slow down to 50 km / h. From the beginning of the solid line you may turn off the blinker.
After I had done this several times, it was working very well. However, the change from highway to country road took a bit of getting used to the urge to speed up .
So this day was again in the best possible way
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