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Sunday 21 February 2010

Haiku #57

youngsters of eleven
being taught to drive -
if they meet the height requirements.


The Weaver of Grass said...

What? Surely not! Has the workd gone mad? (or am I getting old?)

Dave King said...

It's the world gone mad - definitely.

Madame DeFarge said...

height of stupidity I assume.

DUTA said...

If it's true than this is very weird and dangerous, even though they might not be given a driving licence at this age.

Dan Gurney said...

Here in the US, some of the kindergartners in my class have been taught to use actual guns by their fathers, usually at targets or tin cans, but still.... and a large minority play battlefield simulation video games originally developed for adults.

So, from here, driving a car seems pretty tame. Where do 11 year olds get to drive, though? I'm curious about that.

Ronda Laveen said...

We have that rule here in the U.S. for the bumper cars ride at the fairs. Crazy.

Karen said...

Oh, my gosh! Where is this?

Jeanne Estridge said...

I join the chorus -- "Where?"

Dave King said...

Controversial, certainly. Not on the public roads, of course.

All of that, and a bit pointless, I would have thought - unless they're thinking of taking and driving away, of course.

There are driving courses, complete with all the usual road markings and road furniture. They are used by driving schools. As an alternative to learning over the course of weeks, you can take a concentrated one week - or day! - course. But extending their use to youngsters is a new initiative.

's okay for bumper cars, I would have thought!

Dotted around.

Here and there - didn 't write down the addresses, I'm afraid!

Pearl said...

I used to live in a very rural area of Minnesota where five-year-olds were allowed to drive farm machinery. It was not uncommon to see kindergartners driving pick-ups...


Kass said...

Great pun by Madame DeFarge. My dad used to let me drive on country roads. One of my great memories. Like Pearl says, it happens all the time on farms.

Dave King said...

Welcome to the blog and thanks for commenting. I guess there's not the same objection to it if it's usual. The main objection here is that they learn to drive at 11 and then don't pick it up again for the next 8 years.

Yup, on private roads it would be quite legal - as is the learning bit. It's what follows that's worrying.