Monday, June 25, 2007

Driving test passed!

It has been 3 weeks since my last post but after two dozen classes taken during the weekends, I have finally passed the driving test! The driving test is not terribly difficult. Drive 2.5 kilo under the direction of the examiner, and also 2 kilo for a self directed route. They will give you the goal X and you will need to drive there by yourself. In fact for the self directed route there was a couple suggested routes that was practiced a zillion time. So you do not really need to decide anything.

After you have passed your driving test they will give you the graduation certificate, with that I do not have to take the driving test at the examination center. I still have to go for the paper test before I can get my license.

One highlight during the course was a 3 hours lessons to the highway. There are two main purpose of this lesson, 1-Although I am learning to drive using manual transmission they have allocate a couple of hours for you to drive using automatic transmission (given the majority of cars are using AT here). 2- They also want the students to experience what it feels like driving on a highway. The lesson was shared by 3 students so you only get about 50 mins to drive. But for my school they took you from Tokyo to Yokohama and it really felt like driving! The weather was really good that day and I can even see the Mt. Fuji. It was so nice.

It was a nice experience to go to a driving school in Japan. Probably this is one of the most difficult place in the planet to get a driving license and there is a very strong emphasis on safety. Close to 40%-50% of the lessons are on safely alone. I hope I can drive safely in future too. My advice: if you are a foreigner, don't have a license and want to drive at Japan. get your license from your home country. Depends on your nationality you might be able to convert it into a Japanese license. A time and money saver!

Saturday, June 02, 2007

I am a bit tired this two weeks.

My driving lesson is now on phase 2 and I have completed most of the theory lessons. I am now driving on the streets and it's not as difficult as I have imagined but still there are some dangerous situation once in a while. In phase one even you have two consecutive lessons you'll have a 10 minutes break in between but once you are on the road you will have to drive 100 minutes in total.

They have one session that ask you to design the route between two destinations. While they said you are free to go what ever route you like, they also suggest some of the "easier" route so in other words you don't really need to decide anything.

I even completed my first ever 3 hours first aid course. Not too detail but nevertheless a good introduction.

Tomorrow I guess I will learn parallel parking.

Theory: 25 hours (1 to go)
Practical: 24 hours (12 to go)