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Well Grandmaster Tim I guess I should have specified 4 states in the USA not Australia! Here in the USA most auto dealers won't have manual transmissions on anything but a few work trucks and one or two of the higher end sports cars- if you don't want automatic you actually have to special order the vehicle. However, most people in the large cities where you have a lot of stop-and-go traffic and bad traffic jams during rush hour would rather have an auto as it is less work when you're shifting every 3-5 seconds due to traffic. You generally only find people driving the manuals out in the rural areas. In rural towns it is seen as an achievement to be able to drive manual, very macho you know? Just the thing to impress the girls with... Meanwhile back in the cities most younger people don't even want to get a driver's license and would rather ride the bus or metro. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2014/10/14/the-many-reasons-millennials-are-shunning-cars/

I totally do not understand the lack of interest in a driver's license. It was one of the biggest things I looked forward to as a child, it was a sign you were being accepted as an adult and gave you the freedom to go where you wanted, when you wanted, instead of being reliant on anyone else's schedule or being stuck to bus routes. It meant your parents trusted you enough to let you borrow a car or own your own and you could go on dates without a chaperone. It was a major coming of age moment.
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Well Grandmaster Tim I guess I should have specified 4 states in the USA not Australia! Here in the USA most auto dealers won't have manual transmissions on anything but a few work trucks and one or two of the higher end sports cars- if you don't want automatic you actually have to special order the vehicle. However, most people in the large cities where you have a lot of stop-and-go traffic and bad traffic jams during rush hour would rather have an auto as it is less work when you're shifting every 3-5 seconds due to traffic. You generally only find people driving the manuals out in the rural areas. In rural towns it is seen as an achievement to be able to drive manual, very macho you know? Just the thing to impress the girls with... Meanwhile back in the cities most younger people don't even want to get a driver's license and would rather ride the bus or metro. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2014/10/14/the-many-reasons-millennials-are-shunning-cars/

I totally do not understand the lack of interest in a driver's license. It was one of the biggest things I looked forward to as a child, it was a sign you were being accepted as an adult and gave you the freedom to go where you wanted, when you wanted, instead of being reliant on anyone else's schedule or being stuck to bus routes. It meant your parents trusted you enough to let you borrow a car or own your own and you could go on dates without a chaperone. It was a major coming of age moment.


Yeah I have no idea. I suppose in the inner city areas I would rather take a train/bus but I didn't know this was happening at all. Everyone I know was thrilled to get their license. It means like you said that you don't have to abide by other people's schedules. Also a lot of people buy manuals over here because they are ALWAYS cheaper than the automatic.
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Again, thanks so much.
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Also - don't be discouraged if you don't pass on the first try. Even my grandfather who'd been driving for 60+ years had to re-take the test when he moved to a new state (Grandma had to drive for a month before he was allowed to re-take the test). Sometimes funny things can prevent you from passing on the first try. I passed the written part of the test with flying colors, but had to take the practical driving part of the test 3 times when I was trying to get my first license. Why? Parallel Parking. I didn't question it the first time when I failed for bumping the cones. But the second time I knew I'd practiced my heinie off on that so I got out of the car and looked and the car itself was 2 feet longer than the parking space marked on the course. I was driving one of those great big 1970s Dodge St. Regis cars the size of a tuna boat. But the drivers test had been adjusted so everything was sized for the 1980s compact cars. I tried to lodge a complaint but the answer was just to come back in a smaller car next time I took the test. I came back in a smaller K car and passed with no problem.
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Also - don't be discouraged if you don't pass on the first try. Even my grandfather who'd been driving for 60+ years had to re-take the test when he moved to a new state (Grandma had to drive for a month before he was allowed to re-take the test). Sometimes funny things can prevent you from passing on the first try. I passed the written part of the test with flying colors, but had to take the practical driving part of the test 3 times when I was trying to get my first license. Why? Parallel Parking. I didn't question it the first time when I failed for bumping the cones. But the second time I knew I'd practiced my heinie off on that so I got out of the car and looked and the car itself was 2 feet longer than the parking space marked on the course. I was driving one of those great big 1970s Dodge St. Regis cars the size of a tuna boat. But the drivers test had been adjusted so everything was sized for the 1980s compact cars. I tried to lodge a complaint but the answer was just to come back in a smaller car next time I took the test. I came back in a smaller K car and passed with no problem.


Thanks. I shall do my best.
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Practice driving at night and when it rains. Take someone.
It's different when you drive in those situations.

Know and go over what happens for accident: insurance, information exchange, simple medical treatments, etc.

They should teach vehicle maintenance at school as a regular thing. It's not that hard.

Ensure your oil, radiator and transmission fluids are at the levels they need to be at.
Never open your radiator after driving or running your vehicle.
There are hash marks to show what level your fluids should be at.
It's easy to replace radiator fluid but oil is easier to replace after the vehicle is warm.
Don't replace your oil when the weather is frosty, you'll be spending some time for the oil to drain.
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I knew someone that had social anxieties and struggled to catch the bus or train so I found a cheap driving instructor to teach me twice a week for a few months. then used the money left over to buy a car.
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Another way to prep, take the online practice test for your state. If you live elsewhere, outside the States, there might be one available. Good thing is it's unlimited.

http://www.dmv.org/practice-tests/
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