Adrianzen. In fact, they're better drivers than most adults. They do it
naturally, almost as if they're riding a bike, and the four-year
instructor for Newport Driving School said she never tires of their
Except when it comes to the instructional videos.
"It's too boring for them," she said with a laugh.
Adrianzen has always worked in the field of driving. There's something
about a sit-down office job that makes her feel trapped, she said. And
there's something about teaching teenagers that lifts her day.
"When I'm with the kids, it's more fun because they're laughing and
they're always happy," she said.
When it comes to behind-the-wheel training, the boys are usually less
scared, Adrianzen said. And some want to do things their own way, not the
proper way. A few girls appear petrified. Others demonstrate that they've
known how to drive long before getting to the school.
Adrianzen sits beside the teen drivers as they roam local streets and
sometimes even the freeways.
"It's harder to teach adults," she said. "The adults from foreign
countries, they're very difficult."
DIFFERENT STROKES, DIFFERENT FOLKS
Take people from India, Adrianzen said as an example. They're so used
to driving on the other side of the road that sometimes their tendency is
to go against traffic.
"And women from Saudi Arabia -- for women from over there, it's
forbidden to drive. They don't have any idea on what is a red light,
green light, yellow light," the instructor said.
Adrianzen admits it's hard to leave her work at the office. Every time
she sits in the passenger's seat -- be it her friend's or a relative's --
she can't help but check how people are driving.
"I guess if you want to teach something, whether you like it or not,
you get that into you," she said.