Last night as I made my way back into the city after broadcasting in Assiniboia for the Spring Fever Lotto, I wheeled our 620 CKRM Country Cruiser to the pumps at the Co-op to gas up and get ready for another trip to Assiniboia this morning. After turning off Lewvan I ended up behind a vehicle with a “Learner Driver” sign in the back window. Great. I hate getting behind these vehicles.
The gas station is only 3 blocks off of Lewvan, but last night it might as well have been a mile.
First off, this vehicle went to make a swing into the left lane, but decided against it and swerved back into the lane right in front of me. It sounds dangerous, but it really wasn’t. This driver was only doing 20 kms/hr. So I ended up behind him for the rest of the block before we both decided to take a right. Hey, no problem. After we made our turn there were two lanes to choose from. All I needed was the left lane to make my turn into the gas station. Well, this guy needed the left lane as well. And he was barreling down that lane at the bruising speed of 20!
Then he signaled to turn left, but apparently didn’t mean it, so he signaled right and drove straight across two lanes of traffic before making his way into the Lowe’s parking lot. Thank goodness.
I have no trouble with people going a little slower while they are learning to drive. What I do have a problem with is instructors taking their students out to one of the busiest parts of the city before they are ready. There are a lot of residential areas that people learning to drive can go to master the ABC’s of driving. The north, south, and east ends of the city are not the best places to be learning how to maneuver a vehicle at 20 kms/hr!
Hey, I’m not saying that I’m the best driver in the world, but I like to think I’m a lot better at it than most. Then again, don’t we all think that?