I have just posted a piece in my Twitter account asking that drivers who had a drink last night think about it before driving today. We all understand that a few drinks may have been consumed yesterday, and yes today is a different day, but the alcohol is no respecter of the calendar.
Pupils are pedestrians at any other time and may not take into consideration the lasting nature of alcohol.
It is annoying to driving instructors, and we all experience this, when a pupil gets into our car and we suspect alcohol. Ask a simple question and sure enough, last night was party time.
Lesson over, fee paid in full, taken home unhappy, no sympathy (believe me, none at all).
Fancy arguing that with me! I carry an up to date breathalyser in the glove compartment.
Quick story (and I have many):
Arrive to pick up a new pupil for their first lesson. Door opens for me to be greeted by, as it happens, my new pupil. Once I introduce myself I am treated to, “Oh, I forgot about you. Give me a minute”. Not the first time and I am thick skinned. Imagine my surprise when my prospective pupil shouts to mum that they are going on a driving lesson, reaches to the hallway table and picks up an already open can of Carling, swallows the remains and says, “Not leaving that for someone else to finish, let’s be off then!” Turns out that was the third can of the day.
No driving lesson and a lecture on alcohol awareness delivered at the door. No re-booking sought or offered. Call me fussy if you will, believe me I have been called far worse. The life of a driving instructor is not always plain sailing.