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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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bluesound
Jul. 18th, 2003 12:26 am (UTC)
UK Driving Tests
There is in the UK a theory test of 35 questions (touch screen computer thing) and you have to get 30 out of 35 correct before being allowed to sit your driving test. The theory test relatively easy there is a book of all the questions and a CD Rom of the test available too. I don't know if it's on-line though, I think they like making money from the books and CD.The only reason people have for getting the questions wrong are misreading the question or being a bit confused by a trick question. Most of it is just common sense (how many people lack that?). (I got 32 out of 35).

The driving test itself is pesky, you must do 3 of the following 4 things.

1. Emergency Stop
2. Parallel Parking
3. Reversing round a corner
4. 3 point turn.

To this day I've never seen anyone who has passed their driving test reverse round a corner at about 2 mph and being concerned if they are more than 1 ft away from the kerb.

I've had my license of about 1 year and 10 months. And when I passed they changed the rules about having a driving license (this is one not a lot of people in the UK know) - if you get caught and done for any driving offence Going through red lights, speeding, etc, within 2 years of passing your test, your license will be revoked and you will have to sit your test all over again. I'm not sure if that includes the theory test too.

As for the difference between yellow and white lines, I'm not sure... I just make sure I don't eat the yellow snow. :)
mollyringle
Jul. 18th, 2003 01:31 pm (UTC)
We use the computer touch-screens too. I should have called it a "knowledge test," to be accurate, not a "written test."

Yeah, we've been wondering, in other comments up there, why anyone would need to reverse into a side street except in very rare parking situations. :)

The revocation of license thing sounds like the "provisional licenses" here in Washington, which are assigned if you're under 18. You're subject to stricter rules, such as not driving with three or more other minors unless they're in your immediate family. And of course certain traffic violations can get your license revoked. Varies from state to state.