Jesus, take the wheel
Life comes at you fast. It comes at you even faster when you’re behind the wheel of a car.
Think about the most high-stress jobs imaginable. Soldier? President? Base jumper? How about driver’s ed instructor?
Getting behind the wheel even with your dearest friends and family can be a nightmare (or maybe they feel that way about getting into your car). But day after day, year after year, it’s an unimaginable feat (and test of blood pressure) to climb into the car with someone who has never driven before, only to take them onto a highway and try their luck.
Redditors asked driving instructors, DMV workers, and first-time drivers to share their horror stories, and they might just make you reevaluate your own skills on the road.
The Other Brake
In HS we used to go in groups of 3 with our teacher during driver training. I had just finished driving and switched drivers in the parking lot of a church with this other girl. Right as we were exiting the parking lot the teacher told her to look both ways, but instead she gunned it and t-boned a cop.
“fun” times. (IndioFromChino)
When people ask my worst story, two students come to mind immediately:
One did fine pulling into the parking space (4 cones). When she backed out, she backed into a car. We weren’t supposed to immediately say they failed, so we’d calmly say “ok, go straight here and find any available space.” She started pulling into a space and hit the car parked next to it. To recap, hit two cars without even leaving the parking lot.
The second was an elderly woman who was trying to keep her license. She was driving a small car but acted like she was driving a Hummer getting into the parking spot. She pulled out wide enough that she was driving through the spaces on the opposite side and said “the space is too small”. I told her to go ahead, so she tried and hit a cone. I told her to find an empty spot and pull in. She parked. When I told her that she failed, she put the car in reverse and started backing out again. I’m not sure if she was going to kidnap me or try the test again. I said something like “ma’am, you’ll get another chance. Let’s go inside and talk about it.” As soon as the shifter hit park again, I jumped out of the car and went inside.
So yeah, I gave driving tests for like 8 months. (deuuuuuce)
Can’t go under it, can’t go around it…
I am not a driving instructor, but this story is too funny to go untold. A kid in my sister’s school was learning how to drive and since we live in Massachusetts there are lots of rotaries (or as other people call them “roundabouts” or whatever). Anyway the kid comes up to a rotary and the driving instructor says “go straight” indicating that he should take the second exit that was across the way. NOPE. This kid just starts driving completely straight onto the island in the middle of the rotary on top of the f***ing grass. Like, has this kid never been in a car before? In what world would this make any sense whatsoever??? Hilarious. (youngmasbeth)