The stories added below were gathered from seasoned driving instructors.
Once you read them all, you may wonder if students were simply nervous or just terrible learners. Up to you!
We all remember our first driving lessons. Your hands get sweaty, the rules seem complex and you’re worried about not keeping both hands on the wheel.
Dual brakes always help.
For example, Peter Ciappa, president of a driving school, explained that dual brakes did not stop his student from slamming his car into a telephone pole following a left turn in Manalapan (New Jersey).
“The student hit the gas instead of the brake as he was turning… When we hit the pole we were only doing under 10 miles per hour, so no injuries.”
As a former police officer, Ciappa was not only scared, to say the least, about the deployment of the vehicle’s air bags during the class, but also worried about the huge number of hubcaps that are lost because of his students—a couple per month, he estimated.
“The kid makes a turn too tight and hits a curb, or we teach them how to park, they hit the curb.”
Oh, that’s the hand-break, not the gear!
Sometimes having a peripheral view does not stop students from making innocent mistakes. Dharmesh, a British instructor, had an in-car lesson experience that he may never forget.
“So I was with a student on a lesson and we were calmly driving on a dual carriageway at 50mph, at around 8pm. Everything was going well when suddenly, out of nowhere—the handbrake appeared to have been pulled up!
“The car then swerved sideways into the middle lane, Tokyo Drift style! … It turns out that the learner was innocently trying to change into the next gear, but instead of grabbing the gear stick, pulled the handbrake up!” said Dharmesh.
Let’s keep things on perspective.
As a word to the wise: If you’re taking in-car lessons. keep your eyes on the road. Also, try not to distract your instructor. They’re only humans, after all, and they sometimes have trouble helping newbies drive the vehicle.
Students can get past the theory, but a spin around the neighborhood in a 2,000-pound death machine is a little different. As driver instructors keep adding pressure and getting frustrated, it’s easy to see why new drivers get flustered alongside the instructor.
When I took my driving test it was me and two other dudes, and the teacher.
One of the dudes used D for dirt and P for pavement. So when we got off a dirt road that transitioned to pavement, dude shifted to P. That was interesting to watch.
So we have those cars where the instructor has a brake pedal on the passenger side. I remember my friend had a really heavy foot and was speeding a lot and the instructor would get pissing mad. At almost every green light he'd slam on the gas and the instructor would fight it back.
During one of my drive times I was approaching train tracks going about 35 mph. All of a sudden the instructor screams "TRAIN!" and slams on her brakes, which caused the car behind us to do the same, which caused them to get rear-ended by the car behind them...There was no train -_-
seasoned adj 富有经验的
telephone pole adj 电线杆
hubcap n 轮毂盖
air bag 安全气囊
brake pedal 刹车踏板
passenger side 副驾座位
gear n.齿轮；排挡；传动装置 v.适合；把齿轮装上
pavement n 铺筑过的路面；硬而光的表面，尤指公共地方或大路
slam v 使劲一推
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