Driving instructors share the worst things people have done during their tests

Marianne Eloise@marianne_eloise
Wednesday 21 August 2019 15:00
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For many of us, taking our driving test is a pivotal, terrifying experience. A great deal hinges on whether or not you pass – the ability to take your mates to McDonald’s, for example.

But for many others, apparently, it’s just not that big a deal. Someone took to Reddit to ask, “what's the worst thing a kid has done without batting an eye while taking the driving test?”

Testers and instructors didn’t hesitate, and the answers quickly came rolling in. One said, “Answered his phone.” which is bad, but not that shocking.

However, another said:

My driver's ed teacher said that one kid reclined his seat all the way back, put one foot on the gas and the other on the brake, and grabbed the top of the wheel with one hand and said ‘Let's go.’

Which is, while a funny image, incredibly dangerous.

Another user confessed to their own mistakes:

I went forward instead of in reverse when the tester was standing in front of me on the curb. I failed.

Another said:

I had a classmate continue driving while a firetruck was behind her.

The instructor asked ‘what should you do when approached by an emergency vehicle?’ The girl just shrugged.

One added:

Not a tester but there was a license centre next to the sporting goods store I worked at. A LOT of people would come there and practice before their test out front in the straight on parking spots.

A young lady (who only had her permit) managed to mix up the gas and brake and drove right through the front of the license centre.

I was told later that she was even more upset when they wouldn’t let her reschedule her test for the following day since they cancelled her test she was pulling in to take when she wrecked the whole front of the building.

It wasn’t long after that they installed a bunch of bollards in front to protect the building. I was amazed at how marked up they had gotten in the first few months.

TechyMitch1 wrote:

My driver's ed teacher said that one kid reclined his seat all the way back, put one foot on the gas and the other on the brake, and grabbed the top of the wheel with one hand and said 'Let's go.'

HIginger added:

My best friend's son just failed because he went the wrong way down a busy 4 lane road.

Luckily, they made it safely into a parking lot and the testing administrator drove them back.

mcpokey told a story that involved the police!

Last year I was making a left turn at a light, and a car swerved into my lane and hit me.

Turns out is was someone taking their drivers test. I'm not exactly sure how drivers test car insurance works, but the instructor told me we had to wait for the police and take details of everything.

I am guessing the driver did not pass.

Read the full thread here

HT Reddit

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