As some of you already know, my son has been getting his hours up on his Learner’s Permit to go for his driving test. Brief explanation: where I live, Learner Drivers are to have 120 hours driving time logged and signed off in a log book by supervising full licence holders (aka Mum), be 18 years of age, and have held their Learner’s Permit for at least 12 months. Included in that time there is to be no less than 10 hours of night driving and a preference for all road and weather conditions to be part of those 120 hours. The log book in and of itself is no easy task. So many lines to fill out, so many boxes to tick, hours to calculate, mileage to fill in – and if one little thing gets written down incorrectly – then a line needs to be ruled through, and the data re-entered – manually! It’s not computerised! Apart from all the stress and drama involved in sitting in the passenger street with an adolescent male, who knows absolutely everything there is to know about everything, the stress of filling out the log book correctly was added “cream on top”!!! I hope you can read sarcasm, insert rolling of eyes, and a few too many arguments throughout this long process! Then, you hear stories of the ones who didn’t even get to do their driving test because their log book was rejected. Plus, there are those that are instantly failed because they forgot to check all their mirrors before they start the car, indicate, and went over the speed limit before they left the car park. It’s not a cheap process, so I was holding my breath the whole time I knew Daniel was off doing his test.
To cut a long story short – he passed! He was so happy and relieved that just about everything went right during the test. So now – I have a red “P Plater” young male adult to deal with! The system is – new drivers have to display a red “P Plate” (P – Probationary) on the front and rear of the car for 12 months. There are restrictions as to how many passengers they can have in the car, as well as zero blood alcohol levels (if tested). After 12 months they then need to display a green “P Plate” for a further 24 months. After 3 years they are full licence holders.
I am extremely relieved that Daniel has his licence and can now drive himself to football training and pretty much anywhere else he wants to go. However, with that comes worry whenever he drives off – young male behind the wheel of a car, music on, window down, and me hoping that he is paying attention to everything that goes on around him while he is driving!
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