READER REPORT:

Experienced drivers vs learner driver

CHRISTIAN HEINZE-ROWNEY
Last updated 14:30 03/12/2012
Learner driver
Libby O'Brien
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I don't quite understand why many drivers think their time is so important that they will drive like a maniac just to get to their destination.

I was driving from Mosgiel to Dunedin on my way back from a cricket match which had been cancelled because of the rain. It was pouring down with rain, not unheard of in Dunedin, but it was heavier rain than usual. So I was wisely driving to the conditions and instead of going the speed limit of 100 I slowed down to a safer speed of 90-95kmh.

Needless to say, I got a lot of abuse from divers behind me who were annoyed at the fact I was driving to the conditions, and driving safely. Several drivers made a point of passing me, cutting me off and then jumping on the breaks for a quick second before racing off, most likely in hysterics at their little joke.

In all honesty, I don't understand the problem people have with learner drivers. At the end of the day, you most likely didn't pick up driving within a matter of seconds.

I think I speak for most learners, inexperienced drivers and cyclists when I ask, please be a little more respectful! You aren't that important. Remember that time when you trashed the neighbour's letter box or ran over your Grandma's cat when you accidentally put the car in reverse instead of 1st gear? No one's perfect. I know for a fact that I'm no Shane van Gisbergen, and I'm pretty sure that you aren't Jenson Button.


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