They Don’t Teach You THAT In Driver’s Ed

, , , , | Learning | December 11, 2017

After being tailgated twice in two days, I remembered a story my Driver’s Ed teacher told us:

When he was a teen and newly licensed driver, he had the loan of his dad’s car. Unfortunately for him, he either wasn’t paying attention or didn’t notice a short concrete post when he backed up, and he did some severe damage to the tail end. He drove around a bit thinking, “Oh, God… what am I going to tell my dad? He’s going to kill me.” Then he got an idea.

He was wearing his seatbelt and was traveling city streets, so wasn’t driving fast. He deliberately drove slower and waited until he got a tailgater. Then he slammed on the brakes, and the inevitable happened.

He got out shouting, “Look what you did to my dad’s car!”

The other guy got the ticket, had his insurance pay for the repairs, and probably got a raise in rates. And guess what? It was perfectly legal of my teacher.

It’s your responsibility to maintain a safe stopping distance… not the driver in front of you. A driver CAN bring a car to a stop for whatever reason.

Just keep that in mind next time you get the urge to get on someone’s tail on the road: he just might REALLY be asking for it.

 

This Lesson Took A Bad Turn

| CT, USA | Learning | July 15, 2017

(Now, don’t get me wrong, I understand that driver’s-ed teachers have a hell of a job. But I swear my instructor was just making things worse for himself. This is just one example.)

Instructor: “Okay, so, you’re going to make this turn coming up.”

Me: “Okay.” *slows down and moves to turn the wheel*

Instructor: “No! Too soon! Wait!”

Me: “Um… okay…”

(I’ve slowed down quite a bit now because he’s made me nervous.)

Instructor: “Not yet!”

(We’re now half-the-car through the intersection.)

Instructor: “Waaaait…”

(The nose of the car is now almost PAST the intersection.)

Instructor: “NOW! TURN TURN TURN! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!”

(I try to turn, but this is hindered by the fact that we are WAY too far past the turn-off, and the fact that immediately after yelling for me to turn my instructor slams on his failsafe brake, and I end up almost in the grass on the corner.)

Instructor: *turning to me* “So, you turned too wide.”

Me: “…?!”

(Now having been a driver for almost a decade, I have learned that there is, in fact, a window of more than a nanosecond in which you can make a right turn. I give some credit to this instructor for the fact that I’m STILL a nervous driver.)

Back Up On Your Expectations

, | Learning | May 29, 2017

(I am sitting in driving school and we are learning about reversing. Because all the shops are within walking distance of where I grew up I don’t see the need to get a car so I’m a little older than everyone in the class, but know next to nothing about driving. My instructor, however, seems to think because I’m older I should know more than my classmates.)

Instructor: “Okay, everyone, we’re going to learn about reversing. What are the colors of your reverse lights?”

(One student says red but the rest of the class can’t figure out the color of the other light. Before I can say anything the class sends out the guesses I was going to say so I stay quiet trying to think of what else it could be.)

Instructor: *turns to me* “[My Name], do you know what color the final light is?”

Me: “No idea.”

Instructor: *annoyed* “Why not?!”

Me: “Because I’m usually IN the car when it’s backing up.”

Meet The Theoretical Family

, | VA, USA | Learning | December 14, 2016

(In Driver’s Ed, we’re talking about what to do when your car is stuck on railroad tracks.)

Teacher: “What you should do is leave your car, and run away at a 45 degree—”

Student: “Wait, how long do you have to get out of the car?”

Teacher: “Seconds.”

Student: “Hold on, what if you have your whole family in there? Like, 20 people?”

Teacher: “Well… first of all, you would need a license to carry that many people, and have a vehicle they would fit in.”

Student: “But what IF?”

 

Cool Under The Most Testing Of Circumstances

| Grand Rapids, MI, USA | Learning | December 7, 2016

(I take driver’s ed at the local YMCA and have a total nut-job for a teacher. He’s essentially a party animal and incredibly fun for a driver’s ed teacher. We have four written tests for the class, all of which are required to pass. I have taken three of them and have scored 74% thus far. Essentially I need to get one question right out of 25 for the last, but I am sick that day and presumably need to make it up. On the last day of class he’s handing out graduation certificates and calls my name.)

Me: “But what about the last test?”

Teacher: *handing me the paper* “Get the h*** out of here!”

(So cool. A teacher with both attitude and common sense. That test was a waste of his time and mine.)

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