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KichigaiKitsune

Being a "Learner" driver sucks.

Even beyond the foolish inconvenience of "graduated driving licenses", forcing drivers to display plates or otherwise mark themselves as different from other road users causes some seriously stupid behavior - from the "fully licensed" "responsible adult" drivers on the road.

I've had elderly women (a demographic easily more liable to speed, drive dangerously and be inconsiderate of others than teenagers) in ridiculously tiny cars speed up to 25km over the limit, sit in my blindspot, then scoot in front of me and slam the brakes on until they get to the limit again - all because I was displaying "L" plates.

Bitch, please, I'm a better driver than you and I'm new to this. Shouldn't you want to be behind me, anyway?!

Seriously, the way others react to you as a learner is dangerous, intimidating (ie, their dangerous behavior makes the learner more prone to errors), and outright insulting at times.

But sometimes it's fun to relish their insecurity - it makes me really wish I had started driving much younger, so their reactions would've been even more hilarious.

I'm sitting at a red light, discussing something with my mother who happens to be in the car. Some idiot in a Holden Commodore parks next to me and gets ready to illegally shoot in front of me as we merge after the lights. I barely even notice him.

Light goes green, and the stupid wanker in the V6 was totally unable to keep up with me as I got up to the speed limit - apparently he doesn't know how to drive his car yet. Need more than a big engine, mate. I wasn't even trying to race him; I don't do that. So I'm in front of him for a limited period of time, because my ancient rustbucket out-accelerated his to the speed limit. (I don't condone or engage in dangerous driving... yet, I suppose. Give me time.)

When the lanes split again, I hear a pitiful growl and this Holden slowly inches forwards, its engine grumbling sluggishly, like Dawn French's stomach as she walks past a bakery. Wrong gear, genius.
So the guy slowly climbs up to at least 35 over the limit and goes in front of me, and cuts me off vindictively. I could see him all agitated in his seat; then he turns off. It didn't bother me at all.

Instead, I laughed my ass off all the way home.

Seriously though, there's no way to discern someone literally just starting and a "L" driver who passed their test. That's a little silly. Even still, that doesn't excuse this kind of behaviour. If you drive dangerously and "contemptuously" around L-drivers, you're a dick.

Whether you're a soccer mom in a 4 wheel-drive DeathUV, a stupid bogan in a ute that you're retarded enough to think is a sports car, or a tiny-dicked prat in a plastic twat-mobile  - you're a dick.

Love,
Society.
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Added: 5 years, 11 months ago
 
Jancit
5 years, 11 months ago
Love that last bit x3
KichigaiKitsune
5 years, 11 months ago
Why, thank yew~! :D
Jancit
5 years, 11 months ago
squirrelfox
5 years, 11 months ago
I think the most idiotic bit about your country requiring certain tags if you're not a "fully licensed driver" is... what if someone who DOES have their license wants to borrow your car?  Then they've got those silly "I'M STILL A LEARNING DRIVER!!!" tags on the car, and they're not.

I mean, if I wanted to drive your car (mostly to scare the shit out of you, because OMG AMURRCAN TRYING TO DRIVE ON THE LEFT INSTEAD OF THE RIGHT), I'd be stuck with those tags, even though I'm a fully licensed driver (and technically have been since I was 17 -- hoorah!).

But then, 95% of the fauna in your country is homicidal, so I guess there are worse things about Australia.  :p  I barely survived that drop-bear attack.
squirrelfox
5 years, 11 months ago
Then perhaps a quick explanation of how your plates work would be in order.  You know, for the vast majority of your watchers who don't live in Australia (YOUR COUNTRY IS SPARSELY POPULATED).
squirrelfox
5 years, 11 months ago
Those highly concentrated urban centres that take up less than 5% of your country's landmass but make up roughly 90% of your country's population.  And your country is still sparsely populated, especially when you consider that you've got a landmass the size of the continental US and a population that's less than that of the New York Metropolitan Area.  :p

And that still fails to explain how those plates work!

Incidentally, American civilization in inhospitable areas is driven by access to fresh water (the Colorado River, in Nevada's case), though it's a finite resource, being pushed beyond its limits by overuse and the anthropogenic climate change.  Hell, apparently 60% of the continental US is experiencing a severe, persistent drought, though you'd never know it following the mainstream media (which likes to ignore things like that).
RokukeShiba
5 years, 11 months ago
lol still doing it?
KichigaiKitsune
5 years, 11 months ago
Blame the government. >:3
Gobby
5 years, 11 months ago
I got a kick out of the last part. Made my sleepy brain snicker. :P
KichigaiKitsune
5 years, 11 months ago
Woo! I try to be amusing with my journals... as best as I can. >:3
DestructiveImpulse
5 years, 11 months ago
This reminds me off a time an old woman insulted my driving at water burger and couldnt even park in a spot.
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