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I had my two hour trip on Tuesday. First we drove for around 20 minutes on the Autobahn to a city called Kirchheim unter Teck. From there a little round course across the Swabian Alb followed. (Basically around the castle Teck.) Lots of narrow roads, curves and my instructor was mad because a truck was driving in front of us and could not overturn him due to the road situation and we could not drive as fast as my instructor would have liked. 

On the way back we drover via the Autobahn as well. While driving we practice switching lanes (it is a six lane Autobahn, three in each direction) and in Germany there is a so called "Rechtsfahrgebot" which means that you have to drive on the right at all times if possible. Usually the trucks drive there and the cars in the middle, 'cause they are allowed to go faster than trucks. The left line is basically only for over taking other cars and as soon as possible you are supposed to go back to the right. Over turning on the left is not allowed, so if you drive on the middle lane you can't drive faster than a car on your left. 

The switching between lanes at such a high speed is really hard. I struggled with it a lot. Keeping the steering wheel straight, looking and then having the guts to go over. Thankfully I won't have to do that during the final exam. 

There was an area without speed limit on our way and my instructor told me to power through. So we drove at 160km/h which is 100 miles per hour. Her wanted me to know how it feels like going that fast. I did not like it at all, way to fast for my liking. So you'll find me on the right driving at 80km/h (50mph) behind trucks. I'm okay with 100km/h on country roads though. 

My exam on Thursday got called of due to the IT trouble. It is now on Thursday next week shortly after 9am.

Next lesson on Monday and on Tuesday we are doing the Autobahn again. 

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I'm sure as you get your driving experience up you will feel more comfortable driving faster with more traffic and understand the flows and are able to anticipate other drivers actions better.  I remember being nervous after returning to driving after not driving for a few years (and not really having driven all that much before that).  I only got really comfortable with driving a month or two after buying a car and driving it around regularly.  I am comfortable and relaxed at 110 km/h now (the maximum speed limit for the good highways/freeways around here,  the only place I know of that has a higher speed limit is 130 km/h for some roads in the Northern Territory).

Good luck with it all.

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