Teen Who Spent £800 On Lessons Hits Boulder And Pops Instructor's Tyre On First Ever Driving Test
Alongside exams, college or university, driving is usually one of the important things in the lives of young people up and down the country.
There's so much pressure to pass, which is no wonder because they're bloody expensive. But for some it's definitely not first time lucky - 33rd time lucky in some cases.
And it must be a real 'mare to hear that dreaded four letter word that begins with 'f' and ends 'ail'. Which is what happened to this girl after driving into a boulder in the road.
Eighteen-year-old Sarah Macinnes from Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, was absolutely desperate to pass her driving test before going to Ibiza for five months.
So much so that she had forked out around £800 over two years and was finally at the stage where she felt ready to do her test.
On May 15 she set off in the Renault Clio to do her thing and hopefully pass with flying colours but it couldn't have been any more disastrous. Well, it probably could but you get what we mean.
Sarah, who has just finished studying a cabin crew course at City of Glasgow College, drove right into a boulder in the road that she hadn't seen which resulted in the tyre bursting.
The test came to an abrupt end and she had to sit in the passenger seat and wait for her instructor to arrive and the tyre to be changed, which cost £80.
She told LADbible: "[It was] my first ever driving test and it left me traumatised. I felt sick with nerves before it even started and felt even worse when 15 mins into it I hit a boulder on the road and burst the tyre.
"I couldn't see anything on the road but it seems that there was a stone wall and something had fallen from that onto the road and my front tyre missed it but the back tyre unfortunately didn't. It made an awful loud noise and the car then started making a loud noise as well.
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"When I pulled up in a lay-by the examiner didn't know what to think, I heard him phone up the office and tell them. He was definitely trying to hold his laugh in.
"Soon after my instructor had to get dropped off to me in the middle of a hill and change a tyre while I sat in the passenger seat feeling like an idiot.
"My examiner didn't know what to say, really. I asked him if this had ever happened to him before and he said 'no never'. My instructor was just as gutted as me and felt really bad for me but also the fact the tyre was ruined and he had to pay out £80 for a new one, he wasn't too happy about that.
"The examiner put it down to a mechanical fault therefore the next time I sit my test it will be classed as the first time. But I was relying on passing this driving test because I'm leaving to go to Ibiza to work for the season.
"Now I need to wait until after this to re-sit my test again."
Sarah also pays for a car which she drives with 'L' plates and her dad in the passenger seat. So she could have done without having to fork out for another test when she returns to the UK.
She continued: "I would say that I've spent around £800 and then paid for the insurance on my car too. I was hoping to pass my test so I didn't need to come back and spend more money on them.
"I was left traumatised by what happened to me on my first driving test. I'm a barmaid in a pub and regularly hear daft story's from customers and my friends. I'm always the first one to slag them off but I'll never live this one down.
"Everyone couldn't stop laughing and found it hilarious but also I think they felt really bad for me as they knew how much I wanted to pass."
Better luck next time, Sarah.
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