A rock hauler, ReformingGeek?
Nope. Although I will go out of my way to get out of THEIR way.
So was it a school bus on a road with 20 railroad crossings?
Um...no, although that's enough to drive most sane people to the nuthouse.
It must have been a large truck carrying cute little potty cans that weren't quite empty?
No. Not even that. This is much worse. It was.......
a STUDENT DRIVER!
I've totally forgotten what it feels like to be 15 and behind the wheel with a bunch of other hormone-infused teenagers in the backseat and a geeky (HEY WAIT A MINUTE), dorky, and/or nerdy instructor in the front seat.
Here are some of my favorite behaviors from student drivers. Don't even get me started on adults. That's fodder for a different post.
"Um....am I supposed to drive on this part of the road, Mr. Dibbits", said the student driver while crossing the double-yellow line.
"I'm going up a hill and I seem to have forgotten how to use the accelerator pedal" speaks the subconscious mind of the crazed boy-child behind the wheel.
"Oh dear. I've just made a right turn while signaling left", subliminally delivered while girl-child driver is noticing a new pimple as she glances in the rearview mirror.
A couple of other characteristics of inexperienced drivers driving with an instructor:
- If in doubt, STOP. Anywhere, anytime. This is apparently acceptable behavior and it must be some kind of exercise to test the student's ability to find the brake pedal. This behavior must be hereditary as it seems to occur with each generation of new drivers.
- I think this one must be hammered into the already full stacks (brains) of these poor teenagers: You must drive below the speed limit. Yeah. I remember being taught that. It didn't take.
Although I was behind a student driver, I was patient and did make the poor car look like this:
Be careful out there folks!
Photo credits: Porta-Potty: Cpt. Obvious, Student driver: Patrick Doheny, flickr.com Creative Commons via a Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic license.