So what happens after I pass the driving test?

And why does shooting for a higher goal beyond the driving test actually help me on that test day?

I remember when my friend told me he did 100 push-ups a day. To me, doing 20 was difficult. Then I met another friend who actually did 500 a day, and I watched. WOW!

My goal of 100 was hard to get to, but I got to 50 trying.

But once I targeted 500 a day miraculously, I achieved 300!

I related this to the elastic-effect of how we learn. We tend to get to a certain percentage of the 100% but rarely above the 100. For whatever reason, our brains target something, think that it’s hard, difficult or even impossible, leaving us with 70% or less than that 100 achievement.

Often in learning, when someone is struggling, a great solution is to make them work harder. WHAT HARDER! Yes, harder! Because focusing your brain on this higher goal, makes the previous lower goal seem smaller, more manageable.

Why do the examiners make you do a blind spot, shoulder check on the right before you turn. I don’t get it.

Well, actually, you must do at least 2 blind spot checks on a right turn, one to move over to the right curb when setting up the turn to check for any cyclists in your right blind side, and a second check to clear the sidewalks on your right side.



Often I check 5 or 6 times into my blind area on a right turn, especially when there are a ton of parked car activity and the sidewalks and bike lanes are full with people, like on a busy, sunny day!

WOW, REALLY 6 plus checks? YES, OR MORE!

WOW, I didn’t realize how much you can check and how much you really move your body when you drive and check this thoroughly.

That’s the difference between doing one blind spot check versus making sure, 100% absolutely sure it is safe.


Getting out of your car and doing first-aid to some innocent person whom you just knocked over on your right turn, apologizing, going to court, paying fines or dealing with criminal charges is a new level of difficulty! 

Much more demanding and much smarter – making sure you and everyone around you are safe!


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