Your story: Cranky old driver short on manners

FRASER Coast Chronicle reader TessB was outraged after a motorist was rude to her L-plate daughter.

She took to the Chronicle website's Your Story section to encourage other drivers to be more considerate:


Your Story: TODAY my beautiful 16-year-old daughter was able to drive on her L-plates for the second time in my car.

As a responsible mother I took her to a back road to allow her to not bother other drivers.

On our way to this back road we were at a round- about, with "L" plates clearly visible. Being the first time she was a little nervous, starting with putting the indicator on the wrong way.

No big deal we fixed that, as she went to take off she stalled the car, no big deal we restarted the car, while this took off, but just before the car behind beeped its horn, frightening her.

Damage control from mum. "It's okay honey, breathe, take the round

about and we will pull over to the side of the road when we are out of the traffic."

She did this beautifully, turning down Dundowran Rd to stop so she could take a moment.

Well, at this time an elderly couple pulled over in front of us and walked towards my car. This gentleman started abusing me for the indicator issue.

Then not having "L" plate (which was clearly displayed) and then proceeded to tell me he was going to ring the police. Well protective mother kicked in - I told him, ring the police, and see what they say. This man was a disgusting creature, criticising my driving.

Do these people not remember what it was like to learn to drive a car?

Using a horn on a learner driver is going to frighten them, and intimidate them.

The Government has allowed them to learn to drive a car on the road.

Please be kind to learner drivers, remember what it was like to turn into that first roundabout, to the first time you stalled the car, or even the first time you crossed the busy intersection at Dundowran.

I am so proud of my daughter and the way she pulled herself together and continued to drive on her learner's for the second time on the road.

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