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Learner Drivers – a bit of patience please?

By Kuku 4 October 2010 38

Hi Folks,

My son has just got his L’s. Yesterday he drove to the local shops with his Dad…all of about 500 metres from our front door. He pulled out of our road and he stalled the car but there were no vehicles in sight so he started the car and went to move off, only to have two cars, one driven by 50 something bloke and the other by a blokette doing at least 80kms on a 50 km road fly up behind him scream at him and overtake him on the inside bus stop. And where were these two great role models going? Yes, to the local Wanniassa shops.

I’m sure the two role models weren’t born knowing how to drive, so perhaps have a bit of respect for those kids who are learning. With older drivers like that, no wonder so many P platers think they are invincible.


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screaming banshee 8:48 pm 05 Oct 10

Erg0 said :

(and to run over hookers).

I prefer the classic, running over the Hare Krishna’s….Gouranga!

GBT 4:14 pm 05 Oct 10

Maybe it was this guy….

ACT Policing has arrested a 26-year-old Waramanga man following a short pursuit in Wanniassa today (October 2).

Around 12.20am police observed a white Holden Commodore driving in a suspicious manner in the Erindale shopping precinct.

Bane 3:35 pm 05 Oct 10

H1NG0 said :

Wow, people bagging L platers. Nice work.

Let me know when you try to do something for the first time so I can tell you how shit you are at doing it.

+1!

And another +1 to PrinceOfWales #30…Coffin, maybe you should get some more practise on those high-performance cars before people let you drive theirs, since you keep stalling them…and leave the poor L-plater alone

Thoroughly Smashed 2:21 pm 05 Oct 10

H1NG0 said :

Wow, people bagging L platers. Nice work.

Let me know when you try to do something for the first time so I can tell you how shit you are at doing it.

Erg0 1:35 pm 05 Oct 10

Golden-Alpine said :

We don’t see pilots pass a theory test and then the keys to a boeing 747. They have simulators and so much more practical experience before they can take control.

I put in some hours in a simulator before I drove a real car – I think it was called Grand Theft Auto 3. Only problem was that it taught me to drive on the wrong side of the road (and to run over hookers).

astrojax 9:48 am 05 Oct 10

or 3, he takes what 15-30 seconds to restart the car and get going again?

well, recent experience with a learner tells me this is entirely plausible, even realistic…

Katietonia 9:05 am 05 Oct 10

How do you know he was starting off? I’ve seen drivers with years of experience stall the car before. I got my license quite late (27) and was harassed on the road numerous times when driving around with the damn L plates on. Driving AT the speed limit, a big no no in Canberra apparently. I feel bad for people when I see them being tailgated with their L’s on. Have some patience.

ConanOfCooma 8:37 am 05 Oct 10

My initial phase of learning to drive was done in an area where there was no other traffic. Once I had mastered the art of not stalling a car, I was ready for public roads.

I have no problem acommodating an L plater that is learning, unless it’s on a highway or in traffic that an L plater cannot deal with.

If you have put an L plater into a position where they do not have the experience or confidence to keep themselves and other drivers safe, you need to be prosecuted with a barbed pole.

PrinceOfAles 6:15 am 05 Oct 10

CoffinRX2 said :

And no I never stalled it at all while on my L’s or during my drivers test. … Have only stalled highly modified cars or race spec cars with solid centre clutches

My bullshit detector doesn`t believe you.

CoffinRX2 10:47 pm 04 Oct 10

Kuku said :

CoffinRX2 said :

If your son cannot even take off normally without stalling the car on a vacant road, let alone a busy one, then he is a liablity on our roads.

Gee, I hope you have NEVER, EVER, stalled a vehicle…..Wow, after driving since I was 12…(yes I grew up in the country), I still have stalled a vehicle…recently. And I never said the road was ‘busy’…how do you know…unless you were there?

Well you’ve gone from the kid backing out the drive and stalling it with no one to be seen, to within seconds two cars flying up behind and abusing him, … so either 1, I’d call it a possible busy road, 2, the kid cant see or use his periphery vision very well, or 3, he takes what 15-30 seconds to restart the car and get going again?

And no I never stalled it at all while on my L’s or during my drivers test. … Have only stalled highly modified cars or race spec cars with solid centre clutches

Kuku 10:00 pm 04 Oct 10

grunge_hippy said :

my dad took me out on the freeway in ottawa my second time in a car. (first time was in an empty carpark)

talk about steep learning curve!

mind you, that was in an auto. I sucked at driving a manual when we got back to australia, its a hard concept for some to get first up.

I remember after driving an auto for many many years, buying the first of a new model vehicle in Canberra…and it was a manual. I turned up at the dealership to find all the salespeople there to watch the first model drive out. And after I loaded the (then) baby and and little un into the car….I bunny hopped down the drive way….AND I had been driving for lotsa years by that stage…..

grunge_hippy 9:30 pm 04 Oct 10

my dad took me out on the freeway in ottawa my second time in a car. (first time was in an empty carpark)

talk about steep learning curve!

mind you, that was in an auto. I sucked at driving a manual when we got back to australia, its a hard concept for some to get first up.

Kuku 8:46 pm 04 Oct 10

CoffinRX2 said :

If your son cannot even take off normally without stalling the car on a vacant road, let alone a busy one, then he is a liablity on our roads.

Gee, I hope you have NEVER, EVER, stalled a vehicle…..Wow, after driving since I was 12…(yes I grew up in the country), I still have stalled a vehicle…recently. And I never said the road was ‘busy’…how do you know…unless you were there?

Kuku 8:35 pm 04 Oct 10

anonymoose said :

Inconsiderate drivers on the road? I’d better tell the Internet about this!

Seriously though, what sort of comments do you want? Yes there are thoughtless drivers out there but that’s never going to be resolved so he’ll just have to get used to them. It’s a learning experience!

And yet you felt the need to reply to my post? Mmmmm, were you driving a white sedan on Langdon Avenue over the speed limit on Sunday arvo???

astrojax 8:28 pm 04 Oct 10

Captain RAAF said :

I blame YOU!

Firstly, stop teachong your kid bad driving habits, like pulling out of a driveway and stalling. Get him proper lessons or if you must drive him around, take hime somewhere where he won’t get in peoples way and then hand the car over to him. Not once did I have an L plate on my car except the few lessons I had. Learners, they’re a bloody embuggerance and stop good drivers from getting to important places, like centrelink and Floriade.

You want little johnny to be a good driver he better learn fast that it’s every man for himself out there and L platers, if they can’t pony up with the big boys, will be rightfully devoured.

o noes, i almost detect traces of sarcasm with the possible traces of nuts. what is the internet coming to?

georgesgenitals 7:54 pm 04 Oct 10

farnarkler said :

The best place for learners, in the beginning, is in areas where houses are being built. They can learn all the basics before being taken out into main roads (quiet ones at first or on weekends). I had lessons and the instructor took me out into rush hour traffic ie thrown into the deep end……in a Camira of all things.

Yes we were all learners once so a bit of patience is due however there are times and places where learners really shouldn’t be. The licensed driver beside the learner should have a good think about where and when they take the learner out.

Well said. It’s not very fair to the L-Plater to throw them in too deep. Of course, d*head drivers don’t help.

screaming banshee 7:48 pm 04 Oct 10

anonymoose said :

Seriously though, what sort of comments do you want?

Did the OP say they were after comments?

I can’t believe someone hasn’t made a crack about getting in the car to drive 500m to the shops!

Solidarity 7:39 pm 04 Oct 10

Trust me it ain’t the first time your kids going to have to deal with pressure, seems like a good lesson to me! (Kudos on the kid stalling, ALL people should be forced to learn in a manual car, automatics seem to breed shit drivers in my opinion)

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