One week passed and I have been driving skillfully on the road, it’s time now! I came to the testing place with confidence. My documents are in place, driving practice done, glasses ready and, of course, I won’t forget to put on make-up. I arrived at the same time as last time. How come there are so many people today in Sterling? ( DMV VA) I had to wait for my turn to get my documents checked (same as last time plus certain documents for the car we will use for test). Then I got my sight checked and waited for almost 3 hours until I was called. A lady officer asked me to sign some documents and directed me to follow her. I was being nice and opened the door for her, no grateful words return! Anyway, I leaded her to my car.
“ Get in the car and start the engine! But don’t start driving yet!” The officer commanded.
“Ok.” I opened my car and started the engine.
Then she told me turn on the right and left turn signals, warning light, headlight, honk, touch the brake until….
“ Push the car reverse!”
“?????”I was stunned for like 3 seconds not understanding what she was asking me to do. “What?” DMVVAtest
“Push the car reverse!” She raised her voice.
“Oh no! What am I supposed to do now?” My sister didn’t train me to do this. I tried so hard to think what she tried to ask me to do. I couldn’t understand her accent. I’m kinda dumb and my English is just basic. What should I do then? I tried to do everything I hadn’t done yet like trying to push the accelerator, adjusting some gears, turning the steering wheel etc. The lady looked at me pathetically. She might thing what on earth I was trying to do…
“Mam, you didn’t get what I told you, right? Then I can’t allow you to drive.”
“Please officer, may I ask my sister? I’m not really good at English T” I begged her forcefully.
“No, you can’t. You are the one who is getting tested, not your sister. Turn off the engine and leave. I don’t allow you to drive.”
“……………….” I walked crestfallenly out of my car. All that confidence I brought with me this morning is now gone. I was waiting so long for my turn and I was in a car not even 5 minutes and she asked me to leave. “Ok, I have nothing to lose now.” So I asked the officer how to spell that word she was saying. And she wrote “REVERSE”. “Oh mine! We pronounce it differently in my country. Our accent is another way around. Please have sympathy for me!”
I was thinking about driving backward also and I was about to start to drive but the officer didn’t’ allow. She just told me to stepped on the brakes and reverse which she meant for me to change to gear R to see if the brakes work properly or something. Unfortunately, my sister didn’t remember that we need to be tested this also so she didn’t train me. “Alright, I’m just dumb!I will return tomorrow!”
You are allowed to do the road test three times and if you fail, you have to take driving course and re-test. But this time, I didn’t even start my car so it didn’t count. So I have three more chances… Ok. I won’t give up so easily….See you tomorrow, DMV!
DMV VA I came back the next day. I was waiting with less confidence than the first day. I’d learned the lesson so I studied as many specific terms as possible. I also watched videos on YouTube to reinforce my knowledge. Somehow, I was still not sure. When I was called to get my papers checked, the same lady from yesterday who didn’t let me pass the test was there to receive me. What a destiny! She seemed to recognize me so I asked if there anything else I should know. She just said the test would be like yesterday and when driving on the road, I would be told to turn left/right and change the lane. That’s all. The vocabularies would be simple and I must pass the test today.
When my documents were done with the checking process, I was called again by a big size white lady who is a bit aged. She signed the papers and asked me to follow her. I opened the door for her and like yesterday, no thank you or anything. “What’s wrong with the people here? Why they are so arrogant?” Whatever! I don’t care! (I turned my face upward and walked to my car.) Then we did the same steps like yesterday until….”reverse”. I smiled secretly as I already knew what it means.
I passed the first step. Then the officer entered the car (I remembered my seat was significantly flattened.) After that, she told me to start the car. “Great! Finally, I can start my car.”