Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Further (Mis)Adventures in the Irish Driving Test

To prepare for my driving test today, I spent yesterday evening getting ready. I picked out my clothes. I ran 3 miles and lifted weights. I cleaned my car. I read "The Rules of the Road" from cover-to-cover while soaking in a nice hot bubble bath. I took some Rescue Remedy. I slept great, no anxiety dreams.

When I woke up this morning, I knew I was Ready. Last Friday, I finally broke my streak of bad driving and passed a practise exam. I was so ready. Calm. Relaxed. Very unlike myself, quite frankly.

I had a fortifying breakfast of scrambled eggs and toast and then went back to the bedroom to get dressed. My phone showed I'd missed a call, so I rang my voicemail messages.

A nice man from the RSA (Road Safety Authority) was ringing to tell me that my test was canceled because the tester was sick and they'd no one to cover for him. I cannot even begin to tell you how frustrating this is. I feel like I've wasted a precious vacation day for absolutely nothing. This feels as bad as failing, in some ways. Because it means I have to do it all again and I have to continue to make the 80-mile roundtrip out to Skibbereen for lessons.

I just want to be done with this. And I don't know when my next test is going to be. The nice man at the RSA told me I was at the top of the cancellation list, but I frankly have no faith in their processes and will be ringing him back in two weeks if I haven't heard anything.


At 29 January 2008 at 13:15, Blogger laurie said...

jeez, ann, that's lousy.

use the gift of a vacation day for something wonderful. but i can well imagine how frustrating that is.

you have to keep taking lessons? even though you're ready? that stinks, too.

but i admire a woman who can lift weights and run three miles. that would have been me 20 years ago.

At 29 January 2008 at 14:16, Blogger Carrie Sue said...

Wow, how strenuous are your driving tests? Good luck when it does happen! I hope you pass with flying colors.

At 29 January 2008 at 14:29, Blogger Kaycie said...

Bless your heart. This must be incredibly frustrating for you. I hope you are rescheduled soon.

At 29 January 2008 at 15:42, Blogger The Rotten Correspondent said...

That stinks. To be so fired up for something and so ready and then have to not do it.

Fingers crossed that you get this over with ASAP.

At 29 January 2008 at 18:00, Blogger ped crossing said...

That is so frustrating.

If you are ready now, you will be even more ready when you do get to take the test.

At 29 January 2008 at 19:23, Blogger -Ann said...

Laurie - I let myself be annoyed for 30 minutes and then I found a good distraction. :) I'm not required to keep taking lessons, but I feel better being prepared.

CS - Very strenuous. The pass rate nationally is 52%.

Kaycie - Thanks - I hope so too. I have the guy's name and number and I will mercilessly haunt him if needed. :)

RC - Yeah, I was all relaxed with nowhere to go.

PC - I sure hope so!

At 30 January 2008 at 01:11, Anonymous Harlequin said...

That's really shitty. You must feel so frustrated. Hope it'll come up again soon!

At 30 January 2008 at 08:14, Blogger Babaloo said...

Poor you, Ann! The driving test/instruction system in Ireland is atrocious, honestly. I've never seen worse. You're not the only one who's failed a test before.
In my opinion the fail rate is so very high because there's no proper instruction system. Even with proper lessons people still fail because they're nervous, have a bad day etc. But having proper instruction would be a first step to reducing the number of fails. And accidents. (But that's a whole other story.)
Keep pestering them, don't rely on them telling you when you can do your test.

At 30 January 2008 at 09:31, Blogger Sweet Irene said...

That is very frustrating and I would have kicked a piece of furniture at least. I hope you can find the same peaceful feeling again on the next day when you will take your exam.

At 30 January 2008 at 19:49, Blogger wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

I'm so sorry to hear that. Having taken the UK test myself 15 years ago (twice), I know what a nerve-wracking experience it is. At least you have your routine down. And get some more practice in.

At 30 January 2008 at 20:19, Blogger Alison said...

Argh!!! so sorry...

At 31 January 2008 at 05:16, Anonymous Primal Sneeze said...

The irony of it all, Ann, is you're driving 80m for lessons because you haven't passed the test. Once you are a "qualified" driver, you won't have to drive so much.

There's something wrong there.

At 2 February 2008 at 00:15, Blogger Kaycie said...

Hey, Ann. I've made my blog private and I'd like to send you an invitation. Send me a message at kc10867 at yahoo com and I'll send you one.

At 2 February 2008 at 01:34, Blogger Career Guy said...

Gee-boy, Ann!

At 2 February 2008 at 15:06, Blogger Sweet Irene said...

There is an award for you over at my place.

At 3 February 2008 at 13:16, Blogger -Ann said...

Harlequin - Yes, on both counts. The kicker was when I told the guy I'd been waiting for ages and he said "You've only been waiting since October, that's not long at all."

Babaloo - You couldn't design a worse system if you tried, really.
SI - Kicking furniture...I will have to try that next time. :)

WUASTC - Thanks. It's just a pain to practise as I have to travel at least 25 miles to reach a roundabout!

Alison - Thanks
Argh!!! so sorry...

PS - You're right. It makes no sense at all.
Kaycie - Will do - thanks.

Dad - Wait a while, hon.

SI - Thanks!

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