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    Ive been driving for 1 week now, I got my license over a year ago but only got a car recently.

    I was driving on road near my house, at around 20mph and ahead was a zebra crossing.

    On the other side of the road there was a car in front of the crossing so I couldn’t see any pedestrians coming from the right.
    I was just in front of the crossing when I saw the pedestrians around a quarter of the way across it.
    I didn’t stop and carried on, realising straight after that I made this silly mistake, and I could see the pedestrians looking at me shocked from my rear view mirror.
    Now I’m too scared to drive , especially on that same road that I have to use to get to most of my destinations.

    I also don’t know if I’ll be in trouble if someone there took my number plate and reported me..
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    (Original post by Chemikal123)
    Ive been driving for 1 week now, I got my license over a year ago but only got a car recently.

    I was driving on road near my house, at around 20mph and ahead was a zebra crossing.

    On the other side of the road there was a car in front of the crossing so I couldn’t see any pedestrians coming from the right.
    I was just in front of the crossing when I saw the pedestrians around a quarter of the way across it.
    I didn’t stop and carried on, realising straight after that I made this silly mistake, and I could see the pedestrians looking at me shocked from my rear view mirror.
    Now I’m too scared to drive , especially on that same road that I have to use to get to most of my destinations.

    I also don’t know if I’ll be in trouble if someone there took my number plate and reported me..
    If you couldn't see, you should've slowed down really - just incase there were pedestrians (which there were).

    Don't let this deter you from driving, simply take this as a learning curve. We're humans and make mistakes, just learn from those mistakes.
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    (Original post by Chemikal123)
    Ive been driving for 1 week now, I got my license over a year ago but only got a car recently.

    I was driving on road near my house, at around 20mph and ahead was a zebra crossing.

    On the other side of the road there was a car in front of the crossing so I couldn’t see any pedestrians coming from the right.
    I was just in front of the crossing when I saw the pedestrians around a quarter of the way across it.
    I didn’t stop and carried on, realising straight after that I made this silly mistake, and I could see the pedestrians looking at me shocked from my rear view mirror.
    Now I’m too scared to drive , especially on that same road that I have to use to get to most of my destinations.

    I also don’t know if I’ll be in trouble if someone there took my number plate and reported me..
    You don't start properly learning until after you have passed and are on the road. R drivers will make mistakes, it's inevitable so don't let one silly mistake stop you from driving. When i first went out after passing i stalled so many times at one pair of traffic lights that the lights changed colour 3 times! most embarrassing moment of my life but i didn't let it stop me from carrying on.
    You will not get in trouble, the people were probably just shocked in the moment until they seen the R plates so don't worry.
    Good luck!
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    Brush it off and don't worry about it. People make mistakes.
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    Don't worry, first year is the hardest, after like 4 months I'm still making stupid mistakes, some of which are just begging for me to crash. But you learn from it.
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    That’s the difference between driving and learning I guess.

    If you’re learning, your instructor would have anticipated the potential hazard and asked you to slow down on the approach - when you’ve no one next to you, you can’t rely on that anymore.

    Most important thing is that no one was hurt, just learn from it and carry on.
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    (Original post by Chemikal123)
    Ive been driving for 1 week now, I got my license over a year ago but only got a car recently.

    I was driving on road near my house, at around 20mph and ahead was a zebra crossing.

    On the other side of the road there was a car in front of the crossing so I couldn’t see any pedestrians coming from the right.
    I was just in front of the crossing when I saw the pedestrians around a quarter of the way across it.
    I didn’t stop and carried on, realising straight after that I made this silly mistake, and I could see the pedestrians looking at me shocked from my rear view mirror.
    Now I’m too scared to drive , especially on that same road that I have to use to get to most of my destinations.

    I also don’t know if I’ll be in trouble if someone there took my number plate and reported me..
    I did this exact same mistake in my second week of driving. My college is in the same road as a high school and two primary schools and I finished early and so was driving out at 3pm. What I did not realise is that the kids just walk out onto the zebra crossing without pausing to give drivers a chance to see them and I drove over it with these two high school kids having begun to cross.

    Take it as a learning curve. You did not hit anyone and so you are unlikely to have been reported. Just be a bit more wary on approach to them in the future.
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    I was on a motorbike for 6 months, I literally had the same experience. I look down at my leg for some reason for 2 secs and when I looked up there was all of a sudden a line of cars stopped at a zebra crossing, still going at about 20 mph and 10m from the car in front I had to swerve round and nearly went into the zebra crossing where a little kid was just about to cross.

    Unfortunately these things do happen and everyone makes mistakes. I think you not slowing down because you couldn't see isn't really out of the norm.

    I'd only take positives from it because you'll be much more wary next time.
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    Thanks everyone for sharing your stories and your advice .
    I haven’t driven since because of heavy snowfall but will hopefully as soon as the conditions get better.
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    it happens, i've done it countless times. just forget about it and move on.
 
 
 
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