The driving test was going great, until…

Take it from someone who knows. Some people just don’t test well.

So we’re reluctant to make fun of the 17-year-old Monticello girl who accidentally put the car in drive instead of reverse during her driving test yesterday, according to the Buffalo, Minn., police department. She probably won’t make that mistake ever again.

There are only a few more stressful things in one’s life than the moment the examiner gets in the car when you’re 17 years old and you want a driver’s license. And then, suddenly, it’s the worst day of your life.

NEWS RELEASE REGARDING CRASH ON 03/21/2018****At approximately 2:00 PM on 03/21/2018 the Buffalo Police Department…

Posted by Buffalo Police Department, Minnesota on Thursday, March 22, 2018

When it’s time to retake the test, do you go to another DVS office?

  • MrE85

    The fact that the instructor was injured badly enough to go to the hospital is another good reason not to laugh.

    • I don’t think it was a very serious injury but it doesn’t look like it was forceful enough for airbags to have been deployed.

      • MrE85

        Better safe than sorry.

  • Rob

    The post doesn’t say, but I’m assuming no one in the building was hurt or killed…

    • See the last line of the police report. (i.e. Click “see more”)

      • Rob

        Oi! Lazy me

  • Gary Leatherman

    How many points deduction is that?

    • JonasGrumby

      All of them.

  • Jeff

    My only memory was parallel parking the 1968 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon (boat) on my second try. I think some providence was involved. Not sure I could do that again.

  • Gary F

    I wouldn’t trust that kid with a Uber car.

  • ggmsp

    Did that taking my driver’s test 30+ years ago. Reversed out of the parking spot behind the building, took a deep breath, and then stepped on the gas to pull around front and meet the instructor.

    You’ll notice I forgot to change from Reverse to Drive in that sequence. Wham! Right into the fire escape behind the building. Luckily, I just brushed it, but the bumper ended up getting wrapped around the corner of the fire escape, so the vehicle was now stuck.

    Needless to say, I did not pass on the first try, and when I tried again, I definitely went to a different facility!

  • Jerry

    Judging by how hard she seems to have hit that wall, I don’t know how much better it would have been if she was in the right gear.

  • BJ

    My daughter just finished drivers ed yesterday, going for her permit next week….. I will not show her this it would freak her out.

  • Who the heck steps on the gas THAT hard from a parking spot?


    • Understandable. You step on teh gas thinking its the brake. Your car luches forward. You’re a 17 year old kid thinking her foot is on the brake. What do you do? You hit the brake harder.

      • Ah, yes. I hadn’t thought of that angle.

        /Drives only manual transmission cars.

    • Ben Chorn

      It seems fairly common when you look at cars hitting buildings. Usually it’s an elderly person though.