Sunday, February 8, 2009

If at first you don't succeed

If you are one of those South Africans who has sat and failed your driver’s licence more than once, then you will empathise with that South Korean grandmother who failed her driving test 771 times.
Yup, 771 times … sort of puts my friend Megan’s three times in the shade, and I know a couple of people who’ve sat and failed more often than that. I suspect that former Algoa FM presenter Buli G is one of them, but I never managed to winkle out of her exactly how long it took to get her licence. However, get it she did … unlike at least two of my acquaintances who are still trying.
What I find more interesting is the extremely small number of people who DO pass first time around. In the past five years, I’ve known a whole slew of folk trying to get their driver’s licence and only one has managed first time (congrats, Jessica G).
The granny in question, Mrs Cha, is 68 and says she is not going to give up so Test Number 772 here we come … that sort of puts it in perspective. So, Megan, here’s wishing you good luck for the fourth time!


Jeanne said...

I took 3 attempts... and even then (more than 20 years ago now) we suspected it was a cosy money-making scheme between the traffic dept and the driving instructors... And having taken 3 attempts, I have had over 20 years of totally accident-free driving - not even a dent. Go figure!

Buli said...

Ha ha ha!!! I did mine 3 times and passed the fourth :-) I just couldn't parallel park! lol... makes it mean a lot more when you struggle for it. I'm better for it.