Driving test failure


I think that women are, on the whole, better drivers than men. They are able to remain calm and don't show much aggression when behind the wheel.

On the other hand, they are lousy co-pilots. They can't read maps but insist it was your fault when you go in the wrong direction.

What is your opinion? Do you have any examples to support your theory?



Puddle splash driver fails test

A driving examiner failed a woman on her test after she splashed a pedestrian by driving through a puddle.

Michelle Kelly, 31, from Blackley, Manchester, was told she should have stopped to exchange details with the man, who was waiting at a bus stop.

The mother-of-two protested that if she had swerved to avoid the puddle she might have caused an accident.

She was told her actions constituted a traffic offence - a view shared by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA).

Ms Kelly said the decision was "ridiculous".

She said: "It was my third test and I was really confident. To fail for something like that really annoyed me.

"It's ridiculous. Why should you hand over your details? What good would that do?

"It wasn't as though I'd deluged this pedestrian. And if I'd swerved to avoid the puddle I might have caused an accident."

The DSA said it could not comment on specific details of practical driving tests due to data protection laws.

But it pointed out that motorists should have consideration for others, including pedestrians, who can possibly be drenched by passing vehicles.

Its advice is that, where possible, a driver should avoid drenching pedestrians and a failure to do this would be sufficient grounds for failing a driving test.

The Road Traffic Act contains an offence of "careless, and inconsiderate, driving" and Crown Prosecution Service policy states that bad or inconsiderate driving includes driving through a puddle causing pedestrians to be splashed.

Courts may impose fines of up to £2,500 for such an offence.

Ms Kelly now faces taking her test again - for the fourth time.

Source: BBC News


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Do you remember your driving test? What happened? Did you get your licence at the first attempt?

Comments

Anonymous said…
Hi Graham it’s Leticia and im going to talk about the topic that men are better drivers than women:

I dont think that the men are better drivers than womens, what i think is that maybe they have less dificulty in learning how to drive because most of them since they are Little they have a toy car, or a real motorbike so they have more practice in that.

Also i think that womens are more prudents driving than men, we are more patient in traffic jam and we dont usually pass the speed limit. Men are more dangerous than women in the highway because they love to go faster than the speed limit.

For example i know more men who have lost his penalti points because an offence than women ,and its more common in a men to have a road rage than women.

In conclusión i think that there are men who drives very well but women too, its not about sex people its about the ability of the person.
Graham said…
Hi Leticia,

When you come across someone who is having difficult parking, the driver is more likely than not a woman. It might not be politically correct but I think it's true.


I dont think that men are better drivers than women. What I think is that maybe they have less difficulty in learning how to drive because most of them had a toy car when they were little, or a real motorbike so they are used to it.

Also I think that women are more prudent at driving than men, we are more patient in traffic jams and we don't usually go over the speed limit. Men are more dangerous than women on the highway/motorway because they love to go faster than the speed limit.

For example I know more men who have lost points on their licence because of a traffic offence than women ,and its more common in men to have road rage than women.

In conclusion, I think that there are men who drive very well but women too. It has nothing to do with the sex, it's more about the ability of the person.