Monday, November 29, 2010

Wet Feet

I used to have a car a while ago. It was a Toyota Corolla. This was back in the
80’s. I remember it having a problem with the air conditioning. Something got plugged up in it somewhere and every time I took a left turn, the water would drain into the car on the passenger side.

Well, I was reminded of this while doing a road test. I got into the Toyota Corolla; the carpet was wet and had a lot of mold. The car also smelled quite bad. I started my speech. The first turn was to the right (no problem) our second turn is to the left (whoohoo) I got my free foot wash. I was not happy. The young girl was so nervous. She kept apologizing over and over. I moved my feet so as not to get wet again. She ate up all her points in the parallel parking and the backing in. We made a left turn to go and do the quick stop and the straight line backing. Yeehaa! I held my feet so they would not get wet again. I was prepared this time. Again more apologizing from the young girl. Quick stop was good, however when she was backing up, she was weaving and she ran her tires on the curb. Well….too many points. The test ended with a failure and two wet feet.


Ok, so I’m doing a vehicle check on the next driver to test. I’m also watching another vehicle going through the course. (doing their parallel parking and backing in) There is another examiner in that vehicle, a Ford truck. I’m thinking to myself……..the truck is not doing well. He has probably eaten up all his points for the parallel parking and for the backing in. He has knocked over cones in the parallel parking and I didn’t recall blinkers from where I stood. Same thing with the backing in. Then I saw the vehicle move to the other side of the course. This is where the “Quick Stop or Emergency Stop” as well as the “straight line backing” takes place. When I heard tires skidding, I knew this person could not have passed the maneuvering with the points needed to get out onto the road. I thought at this point they were going to park the vehicle (too many points and you fail).
WOW! To my amazement the examiner was taking them out on the road! They left the parking lot! Guess I was wrong from where I stood. I was not inside the vehicle.

I took my person to test up to the course.
This person did not pass the maneuvering section so we parked the vehicle.

I moved on to the next. While I was doing vehicle checks on the next person in line, I saw the truck come back into the parking lot. I thought “well, ok, again, from where I stood maybe I was wrong, I wasn’t in the vehicle.” The last maneuver of the test is to park the vehicle. The Ford truck at this time was to pull into a parking space and ~*BAMM*~… he hit the back end of the vehicle that was already parked in the space.
(did he not see the SUV parked there? Did he miss judge the turn? ) Strange……What a way to end your road test! Going out with a Bang!
I walked over to see if everyone was ok and as I did I was calling the police department on my cell phone. The examiner said “she and the young man were ok”. I handed her my cell phone to advise the police what happened. I went to find the owner of the SUV.

When I walked back into the building, I loudly announced “Anyone own a Blue SUV parked in the road test area?” A young girl in line raised her hand and started to walk toward me. I immediately put my hand up to stop her so she would not loose her place in line and said “no no, stay there.” I walked up to her and said “I’m sorry to inform you, that you have been in an accident.” She said “but I haven’t even taken the test yet.” I informed her about what had happened outside and asked where the owner of the car was. She waived her mother over. I told the girl to stay in line to be processed for testing. I put my arm around the mother’s shoulder and advised her that “her vehicle had been in an accident”. The mother and I went outside. By this time the police were there and giving information to the examiner, the father and the son of the ford truck. The father kept asking “when can he test again? How soon can he come back?” I said “I think you have bigger problems here to deal with right now.”

After the police left, the son got back in the truck to move it to the next space over. When he got out of the truck, he had not put the vehicle in park. The truck rolled forward and proceeded to go up the curb. The father jumped in, hit the brake and put it in park. When he came out of the vehicle, he again asked “when can he come back to retest?” I just stood there and shook my head.