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Those of you who follow this blog regularly will know that I have been a bit wary of driving in Brisbane. So much so that I just didn’t drive at all for our first few months here.
You will know that it took me many years to finally obtain my licence and I have only had it for a few short years and that my PNG Mum has never obtained her license.
You may not know that I felt like all my ancestors were with me the day I got my license. It was a big deal! I was doing it for my Mum as much as myself.
I have loved having a license and being able to stretch my horizons with the freedom it brings. I especially enjoyed shopping without all the family in tow!
I think part of the problem with me driving in the city is that I learnt to drive in the country. I just wasn’t sure I could safely cut it on city roads.
A dear blog reader did say,’ you are just making a bigger obstacle for yourself June, just do it,’ and so her voice was in my head a lot in a positive way, saying ‘ you can do it!’
So yesterday I took the plunge, and began to drive again.
We started by dusting off the driving cobwebs with a Sunday afternoon, simple back street drive, on flat roads, through a countrified surburb. Some how I ended up driving past a prison, a mental hospital, and a lot of large kangaroos. I had no idea where we were going as we were just driving for the sake of driving.
I negotiated lane changing and merging on small roads, past lots of roundabouts. I paid particular attention to being even more watchful on the road, and using my mirrors. Lots of my country drives were highway single lane, straight into town. Really simple! It’s not that you are not paying attention to the road, it’s just that there is so much less that can go wrong. Driving around town in the country was very simple as well.
I did okay for my first city drive, but then I didn’t do anything too complex, next time I will build on that. It might be a slow adjusting process, but I think I will work the most on lane changing safely as I just haven’t had to do that much at all , and our suburb is super hilly so I have to do a lot of hill driving practice till it becomes second nature.
The best thing about Sunday was lifting the chip on my shoulder and hurling it off into the bush! I look forward to the day I feel confident to drive and navigate my new home, but am happy to have taken the first wheels in that direction. Many more driving adventures to come, starting with the simple and building to the days of complexity, like some of the wet season driving in the North, now that was a challenge!
(c) June Perkins