THERE'S no truer saying than "hindsight is an exact science."
In other words, it's easy to sit back and think what might have been. You see, years ago I had ambitions of being a taxi driver. While other kids were studying night and day to get accepted into university to study nautical engineering or atomic physics, I was busy perfecting handbrake stops in the nearby Checkers car park.
Having a son working as a taxi driver didn't sit comfortably with my parents. And after a heart-to-heart chat with my dad - which resulted in a couple of slaps and a slight concussion - I saw things in a different, if slightly blurry, light.
Which is why I couldn't wait to get my hands on Hyundai's new H-1 and live out my childhood ambition.
The H-1, packing a 2,4-litre engine, comes in two derivatives - a commercial transporter with just two front seats or a people transporter. Naturally I chose the people transporter.
Just as an actor has to prepare methodically to act out a role, I decided it was essential to get a few basics sorted out to being a taxi driver. and what better place than Jozi's CBD.
Heading into town with my instructor Driver Paul we went down Bree Street . fast.
Red robot - no problem; stop street - forget it; pregnant woman crossing the road - just missed her, eish!; bribing a cop - kids' play. All that in less than 100metres and two minutes!
"Not bad for an umlungu," mumbled driver Paul.
The brochure for the H-1 says it seats 8 passengers. How Hyundai expects me to make a profit transporting only eight people is beyond me. Sure, eight people will travel in relative luxury but forget the luxury since I plan to transport a minimum of 16 per ride.
The air conditioning works a treat, with individual vents for the rear passengers, but unfortunately it will probably never be used as the price of petrol continues to rise.
Music in the H-1 will obviously play a big role and the six-change CD player will be stocked with everything from Ringo to the Mahotela Queens.
The H-1 comes nicely specced in the safety division - air bags up front and the side, ABS brakes, electronic stability programme.
Could come in handy when hitting a top speed of 168km on a Sunday morning.
The sliding doors on either side are a breeze to open and should come in handy for the gogo carrying half-a-dozen shopping bags.
Next week, Driver Paul has promised to extend my taxi driving course to include: How to jump barriers on national highways; How to collect money from passengers, change CDs, threaten fellow motorists and drink a beer ... all at the same time.
The Hyundai costs R289900 and comes with a standard 5 year-150000km warranty.