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Old 02-17-2015, 04:03 PM   #1
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Developing spatial awareness in car..?

Hey Pit, I've started learning how to drive recently, and it's going ok..

Apart from the fact that I never have a f*cking clue as to where objects are in regards to the car. Specifically, the non steering wheel side (the right side, in Italy)

So, when I'm in the road, I always tend to be too close to the middle, because I'm worried I'm always to close to the other side when in fact there might be a metre.

Or, if I have to drive in between a car and a wall (happened today) on a very tight road, I nearly clipped the car (which was on my side) because I thought I was too close to the wall. So I went very close to the car..when in fact , according to the instructor, there was more than enough space on the other side.


I just can't f*cking see it. How the f*ck do you see it? People say pracise but it's done jack sh*t for me so far.

I just can't f*cking tell how close things are from the passenger side of the car. And it's annoying.

Does anyone have any trick which could help out, while driving?

And I can't practise half as much as I would like because the laws in this stupid country make it damn near impossible, unless you have parents who have a hell of a load free time.
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Old 02-17-2015, 04:07 PM   #2
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Old 02-17-2015, 04:08 PM   #3
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Hug the side with no cars you noob. And there's a thing called a side mirror. Look at it. If you can't see the yellow line, move the **** over.
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Old 02-17-2015, 04:10 PM   #4
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My drive trainer taught me to focus on the space I wanted to go, not where I didn't. When you are looking at the road or the space or whatever it may be, you will probably naturally steer that way. As soon as you focus on the lines or the wall etc, you are more likely to veer and possibly hit something on the side. something like that, anyway. As far as spatial awareness, maybe go somewhere like a deserted carpark and set up boxes and practice driving/parking next to them. See how far off you are or how close. This way you can learn what the 'space' will look like.

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Old 02-17-2015, 04:13 PM   #5
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I've been driving for 6 or 7 years now and have still never learned that ability, you're likely to never pick it up tbh. I just hug the drivers side everywhere I go since I can tell perfectly well how close I am to the line.
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Old 02-17-2015, 04:18 PM   #6
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it could be the car you're driving. some cars have better visibility in blind spots and stuff
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Old 02-17-2015, 04:22 PM   #7
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If you JUST started, it's gonna take awhile to adapt. Learning while you're younger helps cause it sticks with you.

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Old 02-17-2015, 04:36 PM   #8
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Check your side mirrors and keep your eyes in front of you. Don't look down on the road, that'll mess you up.
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Old 02-17-2015, 05:18 PM   #9
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My driving instructor taught me to set up references in the car.
For example, I know I'm the right distance for pulling up to the curb when the curb looks like its leading into a certain part of my wiper blades. If the drivers side of the windscreen appears to be over the line dividing lanes, I'm too close to the centre. I'm not over the give way line if it appears to be under the wing mirror. The easiest way to have a look is to pull up to a quiet junction in some side roads, get out of the car and look around it to see how far away from things you are like the give way line and the curb. Then try and match it up with items inside.

Also, when in doubt, just go slow and check your wing mirrors frequently, you should be able to see down the line of your car clearly in them.
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Old 02-17-2015, 06:34 PM   #10
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I picked it up really quickly tbh. Just practice, practice, practice. Though I guess not everyone does, since the majority of people are ****ing abysmal drivers

Hopefully you're not part of that group, lol
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Old 02-17-2015, 06:39 PM   #11
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I'm horrified like, every day of scraping cars backing out of spaces and stuff lol, I don't get it either really although I've been good so far just being super careful. Yesterday though I was almost trapped because everybody parked weird due to snow covering the lines and the person behind me parked super far up. Took me like 2 minutes to get out
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Old 02-17-2015, 06:44 PM   #12
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You get used to it.

Unless of course you have some problems visually with spatial stuff as is, then you might have to consult an instructor specifically for that.

But otherwise you will eventually learn the dimensions of your vehicle and you will be able to cut very close to things and not even think about it. I've learned the width and length of my truck pretty well over the 7 years of driving it.
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Just don't drive. It is what I do. Then I will never found out if I am a crappy driver or not. Public transport is good here so **** it. Not going to spend thousands of euros getting a license for an item that I can't afford nor want.
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Old 02-17-2015, 06:53 PM   #16
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You guys have to pay thousands to get your license? That blows

I think my permit cost $10
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Old 02-17-2015, 06:54 PM   #17
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Old 02-17-2015, 06:54 PM   #18
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My driving instructor taught me to set up references in the car.
For example, I know I'm the right distance for pulling up to the curb when the curb looks like its leading into a certain part of my wiper blades. If the drivers side of the windscreen appears to be over the line dividing lanes, I'm too close to the centre. I'm not over the give way line if it appears to be under the wing mirror. The easiest way to have a look is to pull up to a quiet junction in some side roads, get out of the car and look around it to see how far away from things you are like the give way line and the curb. Then try and match it up with items inside.

Also, when in doubt, just go slow and check your wing mirrors frequently, you should be able to see down the line of your car clearly in them.

This would've been some useful shit when I was learning to drive. Practice does it too yeah but I got pretty close to scraping my car a few times when I did it the old-fashioned way, visual refferences would've been appreciated
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"My drive trainer taught me to focus on the space I wanted to go, not where I didn't. When you are looking at the road or the space or whatever it may be, you will probably naturally steer that way. As soon as you focus on the lines or the wall etc, you are more likely to veer and possibly hit something on the side."


That's actually how I learned. After a while you get used to it. I was taught to not worry
about the cars beside you for now. As long as your driver/seat was aligned close to the middle of the road, I shouldn't have to worry about hitting cars that are parked on my right.
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I think my permit cost $10

If you succeed in one go your lessons + license cost 1750-2500. But most people don't succeed in one go cause we have more difficult exams than 'mericans.
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