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nmg

Somehow (I know not quite how) I've managed to pass my driving test after being a learner driver for the past sixteen years, and after failing four or possibly five previous tests (I lost count some time in the early 1990s).

Gosh!


Congratulations!

Driving anywhere to celebrate?

Back to the office, sadly - I've still got work to do!

Weeeeeee! Well done!

Danger on the roads :)

I need to do that since I can't transfer my US one over her (something, in general, I'm very happy about knowing how much most US driving tests suck).

Have fun driving...

I thought that you had a UK driving license before you moved to the US?

Congratulations! Are you going to donate your old L plates to a hen night organization charity?

I'll be keeping them for the garklet's first bicycle. :)

Yayness and congratulations!

Yay! congratulations!

Wow! I'm really impressed. Especially as the test as become harder since most of our mutual friends passed their tests.

And it gives me hope that I will pass my test one day.

RuthJ x

My conclusion is that your instructor can make a great difference, but that experience is most valuable (and this doesn't necessarily mean explicit practice - being a front seat passenger is useful for learning to read the road).

The extra stuff that's come in over the past decade and a half actually makes a lot of sense, but isn't appreciably more difficult. I was initially skeptical about the theory test, but it's more objective and comprehensive than the examiner asking you three questions after the practical test proper. Likewise, the hazard perception test encourages you to think about how a situation is going to develop. It wasn't difficult, but I can see that it could make a big difference to the road skills and confidence of new drivers (the proof of this will ultimately be in the accident rate for new drivers, and I think it may still be a little too early to tell).

Since I started learning, the manouevres have been expanded from three point turns and reversing around a corner, and now include parallel parking and reverse bay parking. Both of these are essential, but not something that you would previously have been taught; by testing, you require all new drivers to have been taught them. They don't tend to test emergency stops as a matter of course, presumably because ABS and the like are now widespread and make controlling a car safely under sudden deceleration less of an issue.

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well done - did you think the examiner was going to say you'd passed or was it a shock. in mine someone cut me up really badly and despite me braking hard I thought I'd failed early on through this which meant I was less nervous for the rest of it

now you'll really need that Haynes manual!?!

lil

Yes, I thought that I was in hot water when I came to a junction with a major road and was faced with one car towing another car (trying to turn right into the road I was turning right out of, naturally), while another learner with terminal indecision approached the junction on the major road from the right and couldn't make up their mind whether they wanted to go straight on or sit where they were and let the queue of a dozen vehicles behind them stew for a while.

I got out of that with only a minor mark for undue hesitation (it was the learner's right of way, and I wasn't about to pull out in front of them when I couldn't see whether anyone was trying to overtake them and the three white vans behind them).

Oh, and it pissed down for most of the test. And I stalled the car pulling out of the test centre (clutch leg went into spasms).

So yes, it was a bit of a shock :)

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