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20 Years Coming

Today, I had something monumental - for me, at any rate - happen.

I passed my road test!

It's been 20 years since I first got my first learner's permit (called a three-sixty-five in Ontario at that time, for the number of days that you had to pass the road test), and I've finally done it.

It took a wonderful instructor, who has worked with people with Aspergers and autism before, to give me the knowledge, confidence and support necessary to do it; as far as I'm concerned, thanks go to Frank Cody. He really made a difference, explaining things so that I could understand them and working on my confidence. I was nervous and anxious today when I went for the test, but not nearly as nervous as I was the first three times I tried (and failed).

(Thanks also go to my colleagues at the Independent Living Resource Centre, who cheered me on and gave me good wishes before I left to take the test; and to Jeff, my best friend here in St. John's, who was willing to provide someone different from my parents in the front passenger seat while I practiced.)

So, I've finally done it. I'm understandably proud of myself. Now I just have to really get used to the St. John's streets! ;)

Later, all!

;) tag0



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Oct. 23rd, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC)

Now, the thing to do is DRIVE. Go out somewhere away from traffic in good weather and just log miles until you're truly comfortable - and then do the same in increasingly congested areas. Finally, get someone you trust (or an instructor) to take you to an empty parking lot or similar location in bad weather and let you learn the appropriate car control techniques. Have fun!
Oct. 27th, 2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
Oct. 31st, 2012 02:32 am (UTC)
Nov. 30th, 2012 09:51 am (UTC)
^_^ Congrats on getting your driver's license. It took me four years after I finished the driving course... I needed road time and I got lost in the shuffle at the driving school. Thankfully I didn't have to take the class again. I was 24 when I finally started getting actual in-car time and then passed my own road test.
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