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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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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.