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When you think of the most ironic ways to fail a driving test, ploughing through the wall of the licence centre has got to be at the very top of the list.
It sounds almost too ridiculous to ever have actually happened, but one bungling 17-year-old managed it when she tried to commence her behind-the-wheel test in Buffalo, Minnesota.
The teen had only just got herself into the car to start the test, but having accidentally put the vehicle into drive rather than reverse, she went screeching into the test centre, bringing her chances of securing a licence any time soon to a dramatic halt.
Thankfully, the clumsy student was uninjured, but her 60-year-old examiner had to be taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries.
Incredibly, no one in the building was injured and no charges will be brought against the unlucky driver.
The news harks back to a story that hit headlines in the UK a couple of years back when a Scottish learner driver managed to fail his driving test less than five seconds after it began.
Craig Barraza, who was 33 years old at the time, forgot what side of the road he was supposed to be driving on when he got into the car on the day of his test.
Taking a 50/50 gamble, Craig pulled out of the parking space and onto what his instructor revealed to him to be the wrong side of the road, causing him to be failed immediately.
The most excruciating part of the ordeal for Craig was the fact that he then had to continue with the rest of the test, which he performed impeccably, despite having failed the entire thing within the first few seconds.
Both the examiner and Craig's instructor, Steve Fletcher, agreed they had seen nothing like it in the half a century of their combined careers.
But that wasn't the end of the Scot's driving misfortune, because exactly a year after his driving test nightmare, Craig crashed his car at a roundabout during a sneezing fit.
Craig, who currently lives in King's Lynn, Norfolk, has now made a vow to steer clear of the roads on 2 February - which also happens to be Groundhog Day in the US and Canada.
Revealing his blunder on Facebook, Craig said: "The second of February is clearly becoming a troublesome day of the year for me in terms of driving."
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