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As any driver out there can relate, taking the dreaded driving test is always a nerve-wracking experience.

But it seems for learners in Georgia, they won't have to take a test at all. Keep scrolling to find out more about the controversial decision and why some aren't very happy...

Taking a driving test is never fun...

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And there is a lot of stress and pressure involved in driving immaculately.

Driving tests are essential to becoming a qualified driver...

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And because of driving tests, the roads are generally a much safer place.

But it's safe to say...

The experience is pretty anxiety-inducing.

And even though many manage to pass their driving tests (eventually)...

It can take years for a person to fully master the art of driving.

And there have been some huge disasters to prove this.

Like the video that surfaced online from the southern Chinese province of Guizhou in the city of Zunyi of a very new driver getting into a spot of bother, shall we say.

The video was originally shared via local media, but it has since gone viral worldwide...

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The CCTV footage shows a white car driving along a narrow canal that has 2 pedestrians walking along it.

The driver of the car has since been identified as a Mr. Zhang...

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And believe it or not, the new driver had passed his test that very day! But it's when Zhang comes face-to-face with the pedestrians when things begin to go downhill.

Zhang clearly panics when he sees the pedestrians...

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And instead of simply slowing down or coming to a halt, he makes a sharp left turn and plunges straight into the canal.

Luckily for Mr. Zhang, the car instantly floats in the water...

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And unlike the seemingly calm and unconcerned pedestrians, the new driver was in quite some panic.

Luckily, he managed to get out of the car and swim to safety...

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But this isn't good news for his new car at all.

So how on earth did Zhang let this happen?!

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Speaking to local media, he said, "While I was driving, I tried to grab my phone and read some messages while two people were in front of me on the bridge. I became nervous and turned left suddenly."

This seems to be a case of the classic "nervous driver"...

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"Luckily, the car floated for a while. I couldn't open the driver's door so I had to kick open the door on the other side. Otherwise, I may never have got out as my hand was dislocated in the chaos." he explained of his injuries.

The driver was lucky to escape with just a dislocated hand...

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Residents helped Zhang get to a safe area before handing him some dry clothes, according to local media, while the police ensured the car was lifted out the river by crane.

All-in-all, many of us probably wish we could skip the whole nervous driver and dreaded test phase...

And it seems for teens in Georgia here in the States, that has actually become a reality (at least the test part, anyway).

That's right...

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Amid the pandemic, Georgia has completely scrapped the driving test.

Stormi Kenney, who owns a driving school within the state, spoke to Fox 5 Atlanta about the decision.

"During these unprecedented times, the Department of Driver Services is trying to make it as easy as a process for people to get their license and to lessen the burden on people right now."

The idea seems a little out there, shall we say.

And not totally safe. "What the executive order does, it allows the teen driver to go to that next phase without having to take that road test because of social distancing problems, obviously, in trying to provide the test," said Spencer Moore, the commissioner at the Department of Driver Services, to WSB-TV

Especially since it's now parents that will be giving the green light (see what we did there) on whether their child gets a license.

Yep, really. Kenney clarified that, though road tests have been axed temporarily, drivers will still have to complete all previous requirements, including racking up forty hours of supervised time behind the wheel.

Not everyone thinks it's a good idea...

"I think it would be beneficial to have an unbiased set of eyes on my driver I think I might be quick to let her get her license not knowing if she knows all the laws," said one parent of a teen who spoke to Fox 5.

The current executive order is set to expire in mid-May.

What do you think about the move? It's certainly risky...