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    Quote Originally Posted by crankyoldcow View Post
    Sorry off topic, this reminds me - a guy at work (in his 50s) grew up in the country. In the town he lived in the local police officer administered driving tests. When the man at work went to get his licence the policeman took one look at him and said that he had seen him driving around the farm and town, thought he was a good driver and gave him a licence on the spot.
    Yep, my dad (in his 60s now) got his licence by getting in the car, starting it, driving 20 metres down the road, stopping. The local policeman in town did the test - and was his dad! He probably thought he was being tough on his son!

    Needless to say, my dad's driving is scary!

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    Quote Originally Posted by harvs View Post
    I get that, because I'm naturally a rather compliant person. Just wondering, would you bend your rules for anything.? So, if you were me, and something happened to DS which would necessitate urgently getting him to a hospital after 10pm, when there are no taxis and an ambulance can be a long way away, sometimes the nearest dispatch is Adelaide so at least 2 hours wait...what would you do? The hospital is a five minute drive from my place.

    Would you risk it and drive? Pick him up and run?
    With out a doubt I would in a emergency.

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    I wouldn't. Ds's childcare is 15 minutes walk from home. I only got learners permit. Last time I wanted to practice driving, so dh drove us to the childcare, we dropped ds off and I drove the car back with dh sitting beside me. I almost had an accident two minutes away from home. It scared the hell out of me. I

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    No I wouldn't. Back before we had kids, we lived in a very small country town. We lived on the outskirts so no traffic etc. Dh decided instead of walking the 100m if that to a mates place in the rain he would drive, and got pulled up 3 houses from our place! Unlicensed, unregistered and uninsured.

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    I Would not drive on public roads unsupervised on my Ls.

    In saying that, I have lived in a small country town most of my life, before i was 10, i was "driving" cars - aka sitting in the drivers seat with someone beside me....Straight down our driveway at idling speed...Then as i got older, we would drive them at dads work (acreage, dirt/gravel or sealed road) at very low speeds - once again idling.

    But i see doing it on private property...with no children in the car a completely different situation to driving in public, on roads with other road users and children in the car.

    A week before i was able to go for my Ps my mum suggested i drive myself to basketball... she was very ill, and dad was working away... It was at 9pm at night...on back roads id driven all my Ls career, and i was very confident........ I Still didnt do it, and insisted mum call one of her friends to take me. It was too risky for me.

    How long until you can go for your P's?? I would seriously look into it if you are considering it

    Also... something id ask myself... Would i send my son in a car with an unsupervised reasonably confident exhausted L Plater? ...
    HELL NO! Too risky!! So i wouldnt do it myself

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    I wouldn't either. Illegal, irresponsible, uninsured, exhausted, unlicensed, inexperienced and in frosty conditions.
    I'm glad you decided not to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harvs View Post
    I get that, because I'm naturally a rather compliant person. Just wondering, would you bend your rules for anything.? So, if you were me, and something happened to DS which would necessitate urgently getting him to a hospital after 10pm, when there are no taxis and an ambulance can be a long way away, sometimes the nearest dispatch is Adelaide so at least 2 hours wait...what would you do? The hospital is a five minute drive from my place.

    Would you risk it and drive? Pick him up and run?
    I'll be the odd one out and say I'd do it, and have done it. I only got my licence 6 months ago. I'd done the max 10 lessons I could, but there was no physical way I could get my P's as DF is on his P's so I had no suitable supervisor. I had done well over 100 hours driving when I was 18 but no longer had the logbook so I had to wait 2 years from getting my L's (got them when I was 18) in order to apply for a logbook exemption. So yeah, there were times when I had to. I used public transport whenever I could but places like DS' doctor were too far for PT. But I am a very very confident driver, and when I did get my licence passed 100%. In saying that, if I was exhausted I probably wouldn't. Hospitals I would without even thinking about it.

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    na I wouldn't. if its that cold id put him in a pram, put a raincover on it so no cold air gets to him and rug him up in there.

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    No, I wouldn't.

    I would worry too much about the possible consequences should I get caught, or worse, have an accident (you would be completely uninsured).

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    Quote Originally Posted by harvs View Post
    I get that, because I'm naturally a rather compliant person. Just wondering, would you bend your rules for anything.? So, if you were me, and something happened to DS which would necessitate urgently getting him to a hospital after 10pm, when there are no taxis and an ambulance can be a long way away, sometimes the nearest dispatch is Adelaide so at least 2 hours wait...what would you do? The hospital is a five minute drive from my place.

    Would you risk it and drive? Pick him up and run?
    In an emergency, absolutely. In fact if I saw a police car I would break all the rules to get an escort or lift there. Eta: I'm disappointed the police car we sped passed didn't pull dp over when I was in premature labour with dd2. Now that would have been an awesome story to tell.

    How far off getting p's are you? Could you go for the test?
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