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Do you have a Driver's licence or permit? Was it hard for you?
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Posted 8/4/10
I apologize, I don't know any other legit term to use for "bad drivers", but anyway if you think California is bad then you should definitely see New York City. Very aggressive and unprofessional drivers, some of the worst I have ever seen.
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Posted 8/4/10
In New York, you definitely need to use the subway or other public transportation ... There's no use owning a car there. (Very scary there)

Posted 8/4/10
I started driving when I was so little they had to put wood blocks on the clutch, gas and brake. I had to because we lived on a farm and the work had to be done. I got my first "farm work only" license when I was about 14 and my regular license at 16. The test was easy for me since I had been driving for so long.
Posted 8/4/10
In DC you have to be 16 and a few months before you're allowed to have a learner's permit. I'm in the process of studying for mine, but right now there are too many things in the way. Besides, the drivers here are crazy, and the people are even worst. Who the hell walks out in the middle of the street during a green light? Damn tourist.
Posted 8/4/10
It was easy. License to kill.
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Posted 8/4/10
i duuuuuuuuuuuuunt haaaave iiiiiiiiiittt yeeeeeeeeeeeeeett!!!!

i wanted toooo
but we are out of the country!! =(
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Posted 8/4/10
Took driver's ed (a requirement to graduate from high school in california in my time) the summer of my sophmore year. when I turned 15 I went to the local DMV and took my written test for my permit. took drivers training at my high school (I was one of the last few people to have this advantage as it was very inexpensive, $30 for 3 lessons). on my 16th birthday went and took the written and driving test and passed the first time on both. got what california still calls a provisional license (because you are not 18), but in my time we could have other minors (any one not 18) with us in the vehicle. now it's way different. the worst drivers i have seen have been in Juarez.
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Posted 8/4/10
If I remember correctly, I got my drivers license when I was 17.

I passed the written test the first time around, got my behind the wheel hours learning how to drive with my mom and dad on the main roads of New Jersey ( if you can survive driving on route 80, route 206, route 17, and route 287 in New Jersey, you can survive driving anywhere short of the Autobahn. ^^; ). And have been driving ever since.

In my area of the state, you practically HAVE to have constant access to a car, as the state's public transportation is HORRENDOUS in northern NJ.


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Posted 8/4/10

rilenthe wrote:


CecilTheDarkKnight_234 wrote:

..........24 and all i have is permit


Why? Get your license already ... :D


kinda personal but no job, no car,no money for insurance and I live at home with my parents.
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Posted 8/4/10

Saotome-Ranma wrote:

I apologize, I don't know any other legit term to use for "bad drivers", but anyway if you think California is bad then you should definitely see New York City. Very aggressive and unprofessional drivers, some of the worst I have ever seen.


houston too i swear to god it feels like everyone feels like they are gods gift to driving "oh im so pro im not gonna use my turn signal in HEAVY ASS TRAFFIC"
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Posted 8/4/10
www.motorcopblog.com

This is a blog that's been ongoing for a few years by a motorcycle police officer (otherwise known as a "motor" ). Reading his blog will contribute towards making you a better driver.

I took my drivers license test when I was 20. I had my permit since I was 17. Before I got my license, I had no car nor the regular income to afford one. So... when the time came for me to get a car... I really wanted to be able to drive my car, so I studied hard and a friend of mine helped me practice the basics in a large parking lot, using shopping carts to simulate cars for parallel parking.

I'd have to say one of the things that had me stressed the most was the proper way to turn. Confidence is definitely a must, so practice turning in a lot and in side streets (with a licensed driver) before you try in traffic.

The second thing that had me stressed was maintaining speed. I learned that you don't need to keep your foot on the gas pedal all the time. Coast as much as possible , only giving it light pressure to maintain speed. (for in town driving).

The third thing that had me stressed was the requirement of hyper awareness. The saying is true, it is not your own driving you have to worry about, it is the driving of the other boneheads out there. Studying up and knowing how to react to each situation (somebody's tailgating you for instance and the driver in front of you just slammed on the brakes and all 3 of you are on a downhill bridge incline in rush hour traffic) will help you be prepared.

The fourth thing I learned the hard way. NEVER EVER EVER EVER drive your vehicle through moving water, no matter how shallow it looks. I totaled a 1996 jeep cherokee because I thought that 4 wheel drive = boat propellers.

One method you can use to test to see if its safe to cross is to see if you can walk in it. If you can walk across safely, then you can drive across.

The fifth, and final thing is to always drive as if you had a newborn infant in your back seat. As long as you keep that mentality and are aware of your local traffic laws and signs, you'll be a good driver overall.
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I passed the written part of the test in my driver ed. class in school when i was 15 years old (my state requires i take the class, and i have pass the final exam of the class with the score of 70 or 80)... i toke the actual driving test when i was 16 and i fail it .. i blame my freakin driving teacher who was to do a refresher course on the city i was scheduled on my b-day.. i did the refresher course and ready 2 take the driving test, only 2 find out tht i was in the wrong city, so now my driving teacher drove all the way 2 the other city "tht i was actual scheduled at", at 60 mph while driving with one hand talkin some person about a chemistry paper in the highway (btw it's good example for me) .. When i arrived I have absolutely no idea wat 2 expect on my driving course, disorientated i passed everything except the parallel parking ... but after a year i retook the drivers exam n i passed it easily now, n now i still have a provisonal license and i will get my real one when i turn 18
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Posted 8/4/10

The highest rate of bad drivers? possibly because we drive EVERYWHERE... need to go a quarter mile down the road... hop in the car! Other nations use other methods of transportation such as trains, buses, and bikes.
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Posted 8/4/10
2004:

Driving instructor: "I'm sorry, but you've failed."
Me:
Instructor: "Ahh, just playin' man.. ya passed!"
Me: (Mother ******! )
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Posted 8/4/10

TheModernDayZombie wrote:

I passed the written part of the test in my driver ed. class in school when i was 15 years old (my state requires i take the class, and i have pass the final exam of the class with the score of 70 or 80)... i toke the actual driving test when i was 16 and i fail it .. i blame my freakin driving teacher who was to do a refresher course on the city i was scheduled on my b-day.. i did the refresher course and ready 2 take the driving test, only 2 find out tht i was in the wrong city, so now my driving teacher drove all the way 2 the other city "tht i was actual scheduled at", at 60 mph while driving with one hand talkin some person about a chemistry paper in the highway (btw it's good example for me) .. When i arrived I have absolutely no idea wat 2 expect on my driving course, disorientated i passed everything except the parallel parking ... but after a year i retook the drivers exam n i passed it easily now, n now i still have a provisonal license and i will get my real one when i turn 18

Good luck with your exam!
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