I've probably taken the road test... 20 times? I fail every time, although I have a permit and can drive well when someone isn't making notes on a clipboard. I think the last time I took the test, I failed because the woman didn't see me check my rear view mirror as I pulled out of the parking lot.
I failed my first one. The first tester was a meanie. Like many new drivers, I made my right turns a little wide. He just kept making me turn right until I had too many black marks to pass. I only had 2 days before my permit expired, so Mom said I should try again. I passed this time, with a much kinder testing person. Those people must have guts of steel.
If your son threw his cell phone, at least he won't use it while driving.
I remembered my 1st test very well. Why? Because I failed as well. My 1st tester is not very friendly and also very rude. Because of that, I drove with fear. Plus, I didn't know how the points are accumulated because my instructor never told me about this.
When I took my second test, I got more confident, my tester was somewhere neutral, and I know how to score a higher point.
Anyhow, it is okay for your son to fail. Learn by failure is always a good thing because lots of failures in life will surely come. :-)
I still don't know how I passed my test (uk one) at first go. In retrospect, I think it wasn't a good thing, because I needed more practice and passing the first time just made me overconfident so that I ended up making mistakes that nearly crashed my car.
I can imagine the disappointment your son feels, but the first time is...well, like your first time with anything else! Only practice makes perfect!
I grew up in rural Idaho and got my permit when I was 14 yrs old. The tester tried to fail me only because he taught my dad in high school and hated him. When confronted with the specific reasons why, he couldn't produce any evidence against me, and I was retested with another tester and passed. Some people are just born to be jerks.
However, I've failed at many, many things in my life, and the answer is always to keep practicing and try again, as was mentioned. Failure only lasts as long as we let it in most cases.
man now I dont feel so bad about taking until I was 19 or twenty to ven get mine at all!! but hey, none of you guys admitted to having to use a toronado to take your road test!! now THAT was a challenge!!!