· When you are new to the road, it can sometimes be heard to anticipate what other drivers are going to do next as you just aren’t as familiar with how traffic systems work. However, this story takes this to a whole new level. Upon pulling up behind some cars, the pupil taking the lesson assumed they were waiting for the traffic lights to change. After 7 whole embarrassing minutes, which must have seemed like forever, the instructor eventually told the pupil to drive around the parked cars with no drivers in them.
· Nerves hit all of us when we sit into that driver’s seat and face down our chosen test route, but with the right training and preparation most should pass with flying colours. Of course, nerves do affect some more than others. One unlucky pupil managed to let their nerves get the better of them and messed up their test in the worst way possible. Instead of reversing out of the parking space and onto the test route to begin their test, the student mixed up their gears and put it in first, subsequently flying into the side of the test centre. I think it is needless to say that they definitely did.
· Some of us may have experienced the terror of seeing an animal caught helplessly in front of our car, but not many of us are unlucky enough for this to happen on our driving test. One such pupil had this happen to them, with disastrous results. When a pigeon landed in front of the test car, the student swerved around to miss killing, as most humane people would do. However, this was directly into the path of an articulated lorry. Being a ‘sensible’ person, the driver decided to shut their eyes at this moment. Upon opening them, they found themselves in the ditch at the side of the road, a tearful examiner and a obvious fail on their driving test.
· It can be quite awkward during your driving test. Not only are you pumping with nervous sweat, but you are made to sit with a total stranger, who will ultimately decide your fate. One pupil tried to combat this awkwardness in a novel way. As his examiner wasn’t one for conversation, this unlucky pupil thought it would be a good idea to have some music on while he was taking the test. After leaning over to the radio on and tune it to his favourite radio station, the instructor was less than impressed.
· These days, we learn a lot from movies, some lessons are more valuable than others, however. One pupil had clearly taken a bit too much inspiration from the silver screen when it came to their driving. When tasked with overtaking by their instructor, this film addicted driver thought that the correct way to do this was to emulate an on-screen action hero and zip through traffic as fast as possible. His terrified instructor had to end the lesson there and then!
I Mustafa is an instructor at Pass At Once Driving School Birmingham http://www.passatonce.co.uk
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