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Driving tests, UK vs. US

Steve & I recently had to get new driver's licenses, since we moved from one state to another. Washington's new licenses are rather pretty, and I even like my photo fairly well. But the really cool thing was, due to the fact that we had Washington licenses 3 years ago, they said we didn't have to take the written test again. (Nor the driving test, but we wouldn't have had to take that anyway.) I imagine I could have passed, having been a licensed driver for over ten years now; and anyway, I visited Washington State's Dept. of Licensing webpage and tried their practice test and did all right.

But this made me wonder: are there practice tests online for, say, UK driver licensing? And could I pass those? (I know I couldn't pass the driving test, what with being on the left side of the road and the right side of the car - or at least, I wouldn't dare try.) Turns out there are such tests online, and there are just enough differences in lane markings, road signs, and terminology, that I'm not sure I would pass the UK drivers' "theory test"; not without studying the manual first, anyway.

So, those who are not from the UK, you might want to try this test and see how you do. (I missed 5 of 14.)

Those who are not from the US, you might want to take this test (Washington state's) and see how you do.

Apparently the dashed vs. solid lines on the roadways don't mean the same thing in both countries...and I seem to remember that the color of the lines (yellow vs. white) had different meanings too.

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Jul. 17th, 2003 03:39 pm (UTC)
I got four wrong too, but they were all ones about how much fines are, not the common sense ones (I think!)

So you have to do a written test every time you get a new licence? Is it the same if you have to renew your licence?
Jul. 18th, 2003 01:25 pm (UTC)
I don't think they should include the ones about how much the fines are. Does it matter if I know that it's a $250 fine to park in a handicapped spot? How about if I just don't park there? Knowing these things are illegal is all that should be required.

I think if you're just renewing your license, they don't make you take the knowledge test. They usually just check your eyesight briefly and take your photo, and you pay the fee and get the new one. When you move to another state you usually do have to take their knowledge test. There could be minor differences in state law that they want to make sure you know, I guess.