My son has been learning to drive this summer, and had his test booked for just before he went back to university. Then, with less than 24 hours notice, the Driving Standards Agency rang to cancel: the driving tester was ill.
For those of you reading this outside the UK, the British driving test falls into two parts. The first is the “theory test”, which is a mixture of “hazard awareness” simulations and multiple choice questions on the Highway Code and basic driving skills. The multiple choice questions tend to run along these lines:
You see a small child about to run across the road in front of your car. Do you
a) Shout at it to get out of the way
b) Accelerate, as fast as possible, to give it a chance to cross safely
c) Do an emergency stop
You feel like a cigaratte while driving. Do you
a) Keep going, but try to reach onto the back seat for the packet of Marlboro Lights you think you left there
b) Speed up to get more quickly to the nearest lay-by
c) Stop when it is safe to do so
The right answer is almost always the one containing the words “stop” or “cautiously” (as in “proceed cautiously”). "Accelerate" or "speed" are usually wrong. I can't see much harm in rubbing in the idea that being slow or stationary is a good thing; but the whole exam isn’t really that much of a challenge.
The practical test is something else, and it includes horrible exercises like “reversing round a corner”. That’s the equivalent of the Latin gerund: not used all that much in real life but a stinker to perform correctly if you have to.
Anyway the son had got to peak performance for this and then the test was cancelled.