This was sent in by Will from his driving school in Huddersfield
I’ve had two of these phone calls, and both times I was left with sheer wonder at the thought process.
Time of call – Saturday at 9.20am
Caller – Hi, do you do driving lessons in Huddersfield?
Me – Yes I do, how can I help you?
Caller – I have a test booked and wanted to get a lesson in before hand.
Me – I’m sure I can help you do that. What I usually do with new pupils is take them out and give them an assessment. If I felt their driving was good enough to give them the keys and let them drive alone in my car, then I would be happy for them to take their test; in other words I only let people take their test in my car if I think they are ready.
Caller – That seems fair, are you free Saturday morning?
Me – Next Saturday?
Caller – This Saturday.
Me – If you mean today, then no; I’m already booked up, but I might be able to fit you in next week.
Caller – Oh… is there no way you can do today?
Me – Sorry, no. Is there any other time you would like this week?
Caller – No, I really need the lesson today; my test is at 11 o’ clock.
Me – Your test is at 11am this morning and you’ve waited until now to book a lesson before your test?
Caller – Yes.
I called him back the next day to see how he fared with other instructors he rang. As it turned out – surprisingly! – he couldn’t take his test due to lack of a car. I then got a call from him again, about a month later. The conversation was remarkably similar to the first.
Some people never learn!