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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 01:00 am (UTC)
I got 16 out of 20 on the Washington driving test.

Oh and in the white lines would appear to be the same. The yellow lines are at the side of a street, and single ones allow limited time for parking, and double yellow lines, mean don't park here (or you'll get a parking ticket if you get caught).

In Edinburgh you allow get red lines, meaning something similar to yellow ones, but not sure since Edinburgh is the only place that seems to have them, and parking in the city centre is evil, because most places you need to have a parking permit for the zone you live in, and there are 10000 cars and something like 7500 parking spaces. Also traffic flows in bizarre ways so if you want to go somewhere, you can guarentee you'll end up swearing at a no left or no right turn sign and end up taking about 3 days to find an alternative route to where you wanted to go.

The is a city for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users, not car owners.

Outside Edinburgh driving and parking are what could be described as fairly normal.
mollyringle
Jul. 18th, 2003 01:35 pm (UTC)
Doesn't look like the white and yellow lines are the same, actually...
As pipu explained above, in the U.S., "dashed lines you can cross, solid lines you can't. Yellow lines separate traffic lanes moving in opposite directions, white lines separate lanes moving in the same direction."

Also, you would find a white line on the outside edge of the lane (i.e., the side of the street), not yellow. Yellow cross-hatches on the pavement can mean "don't park here," as do yellow curbs. Don't think I've ever seen red lines. Just red curbs, sometimes, at loading zones (such as you might find at airports).