Driving Out The Cheating

| Sweden | Right | February 17, 2017

(I work at a driving school as a receptionist. The Transport Agency issues driving licenses in Sweden.)

Me: “Hello, thank you for calling [School].”

Caller: “Hello, I need to know if your school also allows cheating?”

Me: “Cheating, miss? We definitely don’t allow our students to cheat on our tests as that would be a danger in traffic.”

Caller: “Well, I heard you hand out CDs with the theoretical test!”

Me: *realising she’s talking about a course CD that includes a mock test to prepare for the real one* “Oh! I can assure you we don’t hand out the answers or even the real test to our students. Our study material just includes a mock test with questions similar to the real test to prepare them.”

Caller: “But that is cheating! I heard schools even cheat by letting the students drive around the area where the actual driving test is taken!”

Me: *kinda confused at this point* “Well, it helps them prepare for the real test if they know the area so our teachers usually have them drive there, but I assure you that is perfectly fine. It’s usually good for the students to get in some practice to—”

Caller: “Like I said, you allow cheating! It’s cheating to check out the area beforehand and it’s cheating to look at test questions!”

Me: “Ma’am, I promise the Transport Agency allows driving schools to practice driving in the same area as the tests are taken and to hold mock tests. It is not cheating and is in fact part of the reason that driving schools exist.”

Caller: “Well, I didn’t do any of those cheating things. How am I supposed to feel safe if schools allow students to practice their driving?!”

Me: *sort of stunned at this point* “The whole point of a driving school is to practice driving in preparation of the test. As we want our students to pass, we make them practice in the same area as the test and take similar questions as the test, but I assure you that it’s not an exact copy and only intended for education purposes.”

Caller: “Just like I said, cheating! You allow your students to cheat or I would have done those things! I’m going to report you to report you to the Transport Agency!” *click*

Time To Ditch Grandma

| Gresham, OR, USA | Learning | April 25, 2016

(I am 15 and am taking a driver’s ed course so I will be able to get my license when I turn 16. We are sitting in class one day and watching a video about skidding on icy roads. One car had just slid into a ditched but is otherwise unharmed. Then another car comes up behind it.)

Me: “That looks like my grandma’s car.”

Drivers Ed Instructor: “Well, Grandma’s going into a ditch.”

(Sure enough, the car that resembled my grandmother’s slid into the ditch and the rest of the class burst out laughing.)

A Good Instructor Keeps You On Your Toes

| The Netherlands | Friendly | March 24, 2016

(My driving instructor is prone to very dry humor. I make a comment on how small the gas pedal is on this particular brand of car compared to others.)

Me: “How do your students who have large feet drive this thing without pressing two pedals at once?”

Driving Instructor: *deadpan* “I chop off their toes. I have a saw in the trunk for that.”

Me: “You’re sadistic!”

Driving Instructor: “Nah, I’m just convenient.”

(Cue a ten minute conversation on how well people can live with severed toes.)

Not-So-Bright Of Way

| Queensland, Australia | Working | August 27, 2012

(I’m taking one of my first driving lessons. I’m doing well because my partner has been teaching me for six months prior to this lesson with a driving school instructor. We’re coming up to a four-way intersection. We’re on one side and there is another car opposite us, turning right.)

Instructor: “Okay, so we’re coming up to an intersection now. Quickly, tell me who has right of way here?”

Me: “I do. I’m going straight, and he’s turning right.”

Instructor: “Well done. And what if he was going straight? Who has right of way?”

Me: “…It wouldn’t matter. We’re both going straight.”

Instructor: “Wrong! Oh, wait…”

(I changed driving schools after that.)