Driving lesson

Amazed driving instructor watches UPS delivery truck pass learner along roadway [Video]

A lesson in how NOT to drive! Amazed instructor watches as the UPS delivery truck passes the learner and then rolls along the roadway

  • Driving instructor Darren Willett, 51, worked in East Cowes, Isle of Wight
  • Darren called the truck driver an ‘absolute idiot’ after the dangerous move
  • UPS says they are now ‘revisiting standards’ after last week’s incident

A learner driver was shown exactly what not to do when a ‘dumb’ delivery driver passed them and then drove along the curb just inches from the front gardens.

The shocking footage was captured on a dash cam in East Cowes, Isle of Wight, last Wednesday.

‌Driving instructor Darren Willett, 51, was having a lesson with a student when the UPS truck pulled up behind them.

The learner entered a road with a line of parked cars on the left. Spotting an oncoming car ahead of them, they pulled over behind the parked vehicles to yield the right of way.

Instead of parking behind the apprentice, the truck drove around them. Rear dash cam footage shows the eager driver driving past the car.

A visibly stunned Darren can be heard saying to his student, “Look in your mirror, where is it going? What the devil, what an absolute idiot.

Instead of realizing his mistake and backing up, the UPS driver then climbs onto the curb to overtake the oncoming car.

It continues along the pavement, a few centimeters from the garden fences, for about 50 meters before joining the road.

The UPS truck first approached the learner’s vehicle before the junction at East Cowes, Isle of Wight

After the learner turns left and waits for the oncoming car, the impatient truck driver passes them up the sidewalk, inches from the front gardens.

After the learner turns left and waits for the oncoming car, the impatient truck driver passes them up the sidewalk, inches from the front gardens.

After viewing the video, delivery company UPS said the vehicle was being driven by a “contract driver” and that they would review their standards with the contractor.

But Darren said: ‘Anyone who wears a uniform or uses a vehicle sign written in a company logo should be held accountable for their actions whether employed as a contractor or not.

“The driver did not consider anyone coming out of his front door onto lanes where he should feel safe from vehicles.

“The driver, in my view, needs a fine and points applied to their license and to be retrained on how to conduct themselves on public roads.”

Spotting the oncoming car, the UPS driver drives along the curb to avoid it

Spotting the oncoming car, the UPS driver drives along the curb to avoid it

The oncoming car must veer to its right to pass the truck room on its left

The oncoming car must veer to its right to pass the truck room on its left

A UPS spokesperson said: ‘We are aware of the video from one of our contractor drivers.

“We expect all drivers working on our behalf to drive in a safe and professional manner and we will be reviewing our standards with this contractor and their drivers to ensure our high standard of safe driving is maintained at all times. “

A survey of 2,000 learner drivers by insurer Veygo revealed that 8 out of 10 drivers feel intimidated on the road by other drivers.

This covers everything from tailgating to honking or road rage.

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