Q: My 16 year old son has a problem with the DMV.
Mark Pesek, Fremonto
A: Another day, another DMV hassle. But when you provided more details, it went to the top of the list.
Q: His great-grandfather’s name was John Mark Pesek II. His grandfather’s name is John Mark Pesek III. My name is John Mark Pesek IV. His name is John Mark Pesek V.
All his ancestors were able to put the correct suffix on his driving license. When he went to the DMV to obtain his provisional instruction permit, the DMV was unable to give the suffix “V”. The permit was issued with his last name Pesekav, which of course is not correct.
Is there any way your contacts can help correct his last name and suffix?
A: I contacted Arseli-e-DMV-Helper, who contacted you. Your son and wife solved the problem by providing a new temporary instruction permit.
The problem was technical. The suffix can be added, but it must be on the first line on the card.
Now, if someday your son has a son, do you think he will be John Mark Pesque VI? I hope
Q: Your mention from a reader about Gunn High School driving instructor Pete Ida inspired me to write about Mr. Wayne Taylor, my driving instructor at Aragon High School in San Mateo.
He also taught us with patience. He had an index card attached to the driver’s sun visor. When we did something stupid, of course we had excuses. He’d calmly approach the driver’s visor, drop it, and we’d see the message, “Does this car have brains?” He taught us how to negotiate with the police, and he saved his best for the end of the argument, “Many tombstones in the cemetery say, ‘But I had the right of way.'”
He was great. I wish I had realized in the 70s that “youth is wasted on the wrong people.”
Thank you, Mr. Taylor, wherever you are!
Bob Self, Class of ’76, Mountain View
A: Many of us remember the great driving instructors we had.
Q: When I was a young buck in my teens and early 20s, I had a few fender benders, “none of which were my fault.” I finally realized that I was not leaving room for the mistakes of others. I backed off and had no more fender benders.
Walter D’Arden, Cupertino
A: I’m sure your driver instructor will be pleased.
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