My dear English speaking friend,
You won’t probably understand the depth of despair (and irony) this post contains, unless if, of course, you’re not american. If you fall into this category, please keep in mind that the written driver test in Europe is significantly different and that we don’t have as much – let’s say… interesting signs. In both cases, you are more than welcome to read the following.
As a Swiss citizen and because the American governement tends to be extremely funny (read that as a proof), I have to pass my driver test. All parts of it. Again. After 10 years of driving every day in my home country (and no, this information is not a clue for you to calculate my true age: I am twenty two. Period.)
And as I mentionned above, the questions and signs are slightly different.
- Distances are in miles, feet and inches
Even though I made HUGE improvements in my understanding of imperial units (since that time), I am still quite confused when it comes to visualize how much 500 ft or 10 inches represents. Com’on guys, haven’t you heard about metric?
- There are special rules for New York State, that are different from other States and… From rules in New York City. Why??
- “I think you actually just answered that” signs:
- And its evil twin
You just started trusting them and boom, tricky question. Not cool, DMV, NOT cool!
- The Captain Obvious’s signs
(Are people in other States trying to speed up when they see children crossing?)
- The “we are DEFINETELY not doing it this way in Europe” signs.
- The funny signs
- The cute animal signs
- The “could we please remind that to New Yorkers” signs.
- And last but not least, my personnal favorites
Just FYI, in Switzerland, you have 50 multiple choices answers (A, B, C, D) and you are allowed to to 14 wrong answers. Considering that you can have up to 4 mistakes per questions (right answers were A & B, you put C & D : 2 mistakes cause you didn’t choose A&B and 2 mistakes because you mistakenly chose C&D)
Any fun driving license related episode to share in here guys?