Heartstopping moment pedestrian darts in front of learner driver on Scots road

A dozy pedestrian gave a learner driver the “fright of his life” after almost colliding with their car in a frightening near miss.

The incident was captured on dashcam by driving instructor Charlie, who was taking his pupil for a spin on Main Street in Bridge Of Weir, Renfrewshire on Saturday, February 4.

The footage shows the learner driving cruising along the village street before passing by parked vans on the opposite side of the road. Without warning, a young man darts out from the stationary vehicles and runs across the road.

The pedestrian suddenly spots the learner driver just metres away and falls over while trying to dodge the traffic. Luckily, the young learner and instructor Charlie slam on the brakes, with the lad ending up just inches from the motor.

The pedestrian lies startled on the tarmac for a few seconds before haphazardly getting to his feet. The boy was seen making a gesture of apology to Johnstone-based driving instructor Charlie and his student before returning to the pavement red-faced.

Charlie, who opened Charlie’s School of Motoring in 2005 told the Record it was the closest he has ever come to hitting a pedestrian.

The close call left his student deeply shaken. He said: “We were travelling at a speed we thought was safe for the environment at the time. We have no clue if the lad that ran out was shouted at by two pedestrians who were standing on the pavement to warn him. After it, another driver gave us the thumbs up and stopped to ask if we were alright.

“We stopped further up the road to pull in to check our heart rates and to calm down. The young guy was lucky I had dual controls. But my young learner did get a fright. It was a very close call indeed but I’m glad it turned out well for everyone.”

He added: “I can list all the heart stopping moments of my career – let’s just say I used to have black hair. But this was the closest call yet.”

The hair-raising event serves as a reminder for drivers to “always expect the unexpected”, Charlie added, and to remain vigilant when navigating roads regardless of size or speed restrictions.

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