Book Theory Test Today invites you to watch the moment a cyclist careens into the parked vehicle of a learner driver.
Yes, you read the headline correctly – a learner driver was hit by a cyclist, not vice-versa. It was 23-year-old Edward Barlowâ€™s first ever driving lesson, which was rudely interrupted by a cyclist not paying attention, resulting in a full on crash with the back of Edwardâ€™s parked vehicle.
Howâ€™s the cyclist?Â Â
The cyclist escaped with only minor injuries as the video, filmed by an in-car camera, shows the cyclist with his head down and approaching the rear of the car rapidly. He doesnâ€™t even look up before smacking the rear window and hitting the deck.
The cyclist was clearly stunned as it took him a few seconds to stagger to his feet, before Edwardâ€™s instructor got out to check that the man was ok.
Howâ€™s the learner driver?
Edwardâ€™s fine and found the whole incident rather amusing. As the incident was caught on video, it wasnâ€™t long before heâ€™d uploaded it onto social media.
Since posting the video on Facebook and teaming up with Viralhog, it has had close to 3 million hits, with tens of thousands occurring via Viralhogâ€™s YouTube channel.
Edward said â€œI posted the video to show my friends, and within a day it had 30,000 views. I was waiting for it to tail off then I woke up next morning and it had 500,000 views.â€
Speaking on the incident Edward, from York, said â€œI was just sat there chatting to my instructor about how the lesson was going and minding my own business. As far as Iâ€™m aware the cyclist was concentrating on the road. He was okay – he had a bit of a cut lip but he cycled away afterwards.â€
The driving instructorâ€™s perspective
The driving instructor said: â€œEdward was on his first lesson, and we parked up to discuss his progress. We then heard the crash as the cyclist rode into us. I got out to check if he was ok and if there was any damage. The car didn’t appear to be damaged, but I noticed later a dent on the car which I had not seen.â€
â€œI was distracted by the cyclist whose face was pouring with blood â€“ you can see on the full video. I advised him to sit down but he said he lived nearby and would cycle home.â€
Book Theory Test Todayâ€™s perspective
Book Theory Test Today says: â€œMotorists and cyclists are not the best of friends, but itâ€™s usually motorists that are hitting the cyclists. Itâ€™s not unheard of for cyclists to strike vehicles, but in this case the fault is completely with the cyclist. I donâ€™t think he will be taking his eyes off the road anytime soon.â€
Edward said that the incident will not deter him from learning to drive, but did say that his next lesson will have a lot to live up to.
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