I just realised today that my brain has started trusting my subconscious driving skills. This is like leaving phase 1 and entering phase 2. I don't have to focus to stay on one lane, to brake before hitting the car before me, and so on.
Because I don't think much about the fundamentals anymore, now my brain can focus on other things. Now I am learning to park. Parking straight, I found in the first few days (of this Mountain View trip) that I can do much easier than before. Now I am learning to park in reverse.
Well, I am not the kind that would try those things just like that. I am too scared to experiment with cars or bikes :) One day I missed the only parking space available and went past it. Instead of going back all the way and returning to the same place again to park, I tried to park in reverse. I was surprised how easy it was, and I called my brother Saravanan to ask if I was doing something wrong. Apparently parking in revers is easy. He gave me a tip as well: instead of using the rear-view mirrors or looking through the windows, looking through the rear wind shield gives you a better idea of where the car is going.
So I tried that today. First time I parked the car fairly decently; second time was terrible. But the point is I am now consciously experimenting. That's a progress. I'm happy :)