Saturday, 9 June 2007

Driving Instructor Road Rage

As a driving instructor - you're on the road for anything up to 12 hours a day - you see some stupid stuff going on.

So when can you legitimately lose your temper with other drivers?

When they cut you up? When they don't signal? When they beep your pup for taking all of .00006 seconds too long to set off from the traffic lights?

The answer is never.

We all know this, but after a long week when you're struggling and can almost see the skills you're working on sinking in - that w*nker in the 4x4 who honks, overtakes and shouts out his window can just tip you over the edge.

I've seen some pretty silly reactions from instructors too. One instructor forced the tailgater to run into him by braking (I know, I know, but hell I laughed!), one instructor I know has the most imaginative hand gestures for everyone around him, and another one leans around his seat and films them with his mobile and sends it to the police.

All of these are satisfying solutions to the problem, but they all have one thing in common - they all lose customers to me.

Yep - if there's one way of really freaking your pups out it's not staying calm.

Prove to everyone that you're better than they are - rise above it.

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