Originally Posted by rdwalker
AJ, you are missing the point. They do not teach us anything.
Let me explain how it works in the US:
[I]"Here is a little booklet. Read it to pass a test of some irrelevant, leightweight questions.
"Now, get on the little scooter, make a feeble turn in a parking lot - we call it test range - and try not to fall over.
"OK, here is your license. Congratulations."
Originally Posted by lesn
The drive tests are different in every state of the union. In Wisconsin, you get a microphone in your helmet and the tester is driving behind you--telling you what to do and where to go. He will take you through heavy traffic, ordering you through manuvers of all kinds and will watch for every move you make--or don't make.
I think our tests are as good as any out there-anywhere.
I was living in Mississippi in 2007. My son came over on holiday at Easter and while he was there, he decided to get a driving licence. (He has a UK motorcycle licence, but he'd never driven a car.)
We got him a 'learner's permit' and he had 3 20 minute sessions driving my Ford Ranger truck and another 3 driving his mother's car. Then he went back to take the test. There was (apparently) a minimum period which was supposed to elapse between getting the learner permit and taking the test, but that only applied to 16-yr olds.
The examiner called his name and he went outside to where the car was parked (in the lot; nose-in to the wall.)
5 minutes later, he was back. How did you do? I asked. "I passed." he said.
"What did you do?" I asked.
"I reversed out of the parking place, drove to the parking lot exit, stopped, turned right onto the road, turned right at the next intersection (about 75 yards away) turned right again 100 yards later, right again a 100 yards after that, right at the next intersection then 25 yards later I turned right again into the parking lot and parked in the same place I'd been in 5 minutes earlier."
"Fine! " said I. "But just remember this when you're driving down the roads of Mississippi: All the other drivers have been tested to those same rigorous standards."
More worrying, perhaps: That driving licence was valid in the UK. (I got him to promise that not only would he take a UK driving test, but he would also take IAM training.
Standards of tests (and driving/riding standards) vary considerably from state to state and from country to country.
In Germany, if you want to learn to drive or to ride, you don't go and get a learner's permit, go and practice, then take a test. - You go to a driving school, where you will study (and be examined on) the theory. Your 'practical' sessions - taught by a qualified instructor - will include day, night, bad weather, freeway and town driving/riding. Getting a licence is a long and expensive process, but by the time a student gets a licence, he has some idea of what she's going to encounter on the roads.