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(Daily Mail)   If you fail your driving test four times, you should a) try again. b) give up. c) set yourself on fire   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 36
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2013-10-18 05:53:51 PM  
That would make for one hell of a Sponge Bob episode.
 
2013-10-18 05:57:34 PM  
90 lesson!?!?!? At that point you have failed and should just get a bike or take a bus/cab/train. And I thought my roomate was a bad driver.
 
Skr
2013-10-18 06:00:46 PM  
Immolation is the highest form of Fiatery
 
2013-10-18 06:01:44 PM  
I recall reading how in south korea a woman failed her driving test 1200 times or so before she passed.  It cost her the equivalent of 4000 to keep taking it.  Or perhaps she failed it 4000 times and spent about 1200.  Either way, the lesson is don't drive in south korea.
 
2013-10-18 06:04:13 PM  
Sounds more like a domestic argument than a driving problem.
 
2013-10-18 06:05:08 PM  
Damn parallel parking!  I'll never figure that part out!

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2013-10-18 06:08:06 PM  
The UK driving test is ridiculously difficult.
 
2013-10-18 06:10:36 PM  

Gergesa: I recall reading how in south korea a woman failed her driving test 1200 times or so before she passed.  It cost her the equivalent of 4000 to keep taking it.  Or perhaps she failed it 4000 times and spent about 1200.  Either way, the lesson is don't drive in south korea.


Traffic is light in north Korea.
 
2013-10-18 06:11:05 PM  
I think the judge wanted to put more than pity on her.
 
2013-10-18 06:13:11 PM  
d) stop being Asian? Oh.

FTA: She was not suffering from any mental illness, psychiatric assessment said.

LOLOL, whut? Lighting yourself on fire = crazy. I can get behind assisted and self-suicide by reasonable means, especially if they're terminally ill, but sane people do not set themselves on fire. Good job stickin' yer dick in crazy there, dude.
 
2013-10-18 06:22:29 PM  
theminorityreport.co
 
2013-10-18 06:23:54 PM  

FrancoFile: The UK driving test is ridiculously difficult.


Yeah, they don't even let you drive on the right side of the road.
 
2013-10-18 06:24:16 PM  
If you fail that badly at basic motor skills, perhaps self-immolation isn't that bad of idea after all. 

Of course, if you're that inept you're probably going to miss when you try to pour the gasoline over yourself, and operating a lighter might be a bit of a challenge for you.
 
2013-10-18 06:29:00 PM  
Maybe we have a lot of things in universities we could improve, but you can take a class three times, and if you fail it the third time, that's just not your subject. Move on.
 
2013-10-18 06:29:08 PM  
"Stupid Buddhist monk, the Vietnam War has been over for hundreds of years!"

/Slab Bulkhead
 
2013-10-18 06:30:47 PM  
Hell, if she was in Massachusetts, failing her driving test four times would have got her a driving license. Fail five times and you qualify to be a cabbie.
 
2013-10-18 06:34:11 PM  

Gergesa: I recall reading how in south korea a woman failed her driving test 1200 times or so before she passed.  It cost her the equivalent of 4000 to keep taking it.  Or perhaps she failed it 4000 times and spent about 1200.  Either way, the lesson is don't drive in south korea.


Well, that and the fact that any foreigner involved in an accident is automatically the guilty party.  Tour guides warn you: don't drive, because you will be blamed for anything bad that happens.
 
2013-10-18 06:40:13 PM  
She was psychiatrically assessed but was diagnosed as not suffering from any mental illness.

She set herself on FIRE over a parking test!

/and NONE of you guys have made a "smoking hot" joke, yet.
 
2013-10-18 06:40:15 PM  

Vector R: FTA: She was not suffering from any mental illness, psychiatric assessment said.

LOLOL, whut? Lighting yourself on fire = crazy. I can get behind assisted and self-suicide by reasonable means, especially if they're terminally ill, but sane people do not set themselves on fire. Good job stickin' yer dick in crazy there, dude.


Yeah, this. And if she's not mentally ill I take issue with the use of the word "tragic" in the headline.
 
2013-10-18 06:48:45 PM  

FrancoFile: The UK driving test is ridiculously difficult.


It really isn't.

You have to do a theory test before the practical test, but the practical test is simply demonstrating that you can control a vehicle safely and know what you're doing. You'll have to reverse park, turn in road and hill start... but if you can't do that, why are you trying to control a vehicle anyway?

I've done the theory test twice, too. I got my bike licence in 2001, scored 34/35. Car licence 2010... I don't remember the exact mark I got on that - pretty sure it was more than 35 multiple guess questions - but I only dropped a mark or two on that, too.

On the actual practical test itself? I did almost fail my car test the first time. Was marked a... serious advisory... or something, as when we went on the dual carriageway, I merged on to it in front of a bus. I should have downshifted, but didn't, meaning the bus had to overtake me. Just nerves and pressure, really.

The UK driving test is pretty easy if you can drive. Which is what driving instructors are for. "They" say that the Finnish driving test is hardcore, though.
 
2013-10-18 07:01:19 PM  

FrancoFile: The UK driving test is ridiculously difficult.


I wish it was the same in the U.S.
 
2013-10-18 07:08:12 PM  
I see the real problem.  Her husband should be struck about the head and shoulders with a cricket bat.  She can't drive, I think she realizes that she cannot drive, yet her husband refuses to patiently deal with it.  I think it is time for her to realize she can't screw anymore either.  Well, at least not him.

/For those not knowing, my wife can't drive.
//she knows it, I know it, and we get along just fine.
 
2013-10-18 07:20:37 PM  

FrancoFile: The UK driving test is ridiculously difficult.



If you think our driving test is ridiculously hard you shouldn't be in charge of anything faster than an electric mobility scooter.

If you can drive you can pass our test easily.

/Got category A and B
//Took six tests to get both
 
2013-10-18 07:22:30 PM  
I am looking forward to my driving test within a few weeks so I can relate. Yeah, sometimes I feel like setting someone on fire. Maybe I should meet her and hope that the judge would forgive me too.
 
2013-10-18 07:32:20 PM  
iron de havilland
FrancoFile:
The UK driving test is ridiculously difficult.

It really isn't.

You have to do a theory test before the practical test, but the practical test is simply demonstrating that you can control a vehicle safely and know what you're doing. You'll have to reverse park, turn in road and hill start... but if you can't do that, why are you trying to control a vehicle anyway?


If it's like here in Germany, it can really depend on where you're learning (small city vs large city with heavy traffic where you can more dangerous situations and tricky corners in three minutes blocks than in the entire small city with its one traffic light and two stop signs) and the mood of the examiner.
I had one that was very forgiving thanks to doing the examination in a heavy downpour with shiatty visibility; others were less lucky.
For example, at the very start of the examination, I stalled the engine on the way out of the parking lot ("we'll pretend the examination hasn't started yet, otherwise it would be over now after not even 30 seconds") while I know others who failed for e.g. "lack of foresight" because they did more lane changes than the examiner deemed necessary.
My teacher also mentioned something about "displaying a lack of general technical control of the vehicle" as a possible thing for failing the test - that came up when I had a bad day and didn't brake soft enough for his tastes (and the new tires) and also created a somewhat bumpy ride by shifting at higher than 2000 revs in the lower gears.
 
2013-10-18 07:41:45 PM  
C

the correct answer is "C"
It's just not that hard.l
 
2013-10-18 07:42:22 PM  
When there's nothing left to burn you have to set yourself on fire.
 
2013-10-18 07:50:23 PM  
Yamkala Sapkota failed driving test four times despite taking more than 90 lessons


0_o

Some people simply should not drive.
 
2013-10-18 07:51:42 PM  
Sapkota suffered 12 per cent burns to her face and body


Sheesh, not only can she not drive well, she's not very good at setting herself on fire.

/window seat
 
2013-10-18 07:52:47 PM  
groppet
90 lesson!?!?!? At that point you have failed and should just get a bike or take a bus/cab/train. And I thought my roomate was a bad driver.


It really depends on how you define a lesson.
The place I went to, they only did "double-lessons" (2x40 minutes); with being ripped off like including the 5 minutes for paying and getting to the parking lot, returning "home" a bit early, waiting for the teacher to get something from McDonalds/bakery/a friend, a trip through the car wash or fetching his sister's kid from daycare and dropping him off at home, my "double lessons" were effectively closer to 70 than 80 minutes.
I think I had about 20 of those and still didn't feel that well prepared; heck, the first time I did parallel parking was on the day before my examination).
Then there's also a minimum of 12x45 minutes "special" lessons required by law (5x45 driving on the Autobahn, 4x45 on country roads, 3x45 at night)
So I probably had 60+ lessons before my first test..at least on paper.
 
2013-10-18 07:54:01 PM  
i.dailymail.co.uk

0_o

/I'd hit it
//the guy
///jk
////or am I?
 
2013-10-18 08:09:20 PM  

The Voice of Doom: If it's like here in Germany,


I did not know you were in Germany. But I use deslide regularly. For that, danke schoen.

it can really depend on where you're learning (small city vs large city with heavy traffic where you can more dangerous situations and tricky corners in three minutes blocks than in the entire small city with its one traffic light and two stop signs) and the mood of the examiner.
I had one that was very forgiving thanks to doing the examination in a heavy downpour with shiatty visibility; others were less lucky.
For example, at the very start of the examination, I stalled the engine on the way out of the parking lot ("we'll pretend the examination hasn't started yet, otherwise it would be over now after not even 30 seconds") while I know others who failed for e.g. "lack of foresight" because they did more lane changes than the examiner deemed necessary.
My teacher also mentioned something about "displaying a lack of general technical control of the vehicle" as a possible thing for failing the test - that came up when I had a bad day and didn't brake soft enough for his tastes (and the new tires) and also created a somewhat bumpy ride by shifting at higher than 2000 revs in the lower gears.


I can see where you're coming from there. But, essentially, that's why you get lessons and don't go for the test before you're ready for it.

I stay in a suburb of a small city. There are three entries to the 'burb: two of them have a decent slip-road that allows you time to indicate, and gradually slow down to about 60mph, you shift down to 4th, slow down some more with engine braking and it's all pretty easy. The third entry is a 90 degree 3rd gear corner, leading onto a 30mph road, where you need to keep an eye on your rear view mirror to make sure that the guy behind you knows that you're going there.

So, when I mentioned that I avoided that way home where possible, my driving instructor insisted that I should take that exit. You keep an eye on your mirrors, if any douchebag is about to ram you, you abort. And it's a great lesson to teach - along with the one he gave before reverse parking: "You live there. Why would you park around the corner?"

I'm going to put my neck out, and suggest that many years biking, plus a few years car driving, mixed up with some great instruction and some medium sized (ford transit) vehicle use has made me a calm, considerate and courteous driver.

/Unless you're a dick.
 
2013-10-18 08:46:52 PM  
D) Offer the testing guy a beej....
 
2013-10-18 09:10:56 PM  
Shame, she is cute enough to just get a ride from a friend/boyfriend.....now no one will want to taxi Freddy Kruger around.
 
2013-10-18 09:32:03 PM  
A & C, like a boss.
 
2013-10-18 10:41:23 PM  
iron de havilland
I'm going to put my neck out, and suggest that many years biking, plus a few years car driving, mixed up with some great instruction and some medium sized (ford transit) vehicle use has made me a calm, considerate and courteous driver.


Since I got my license only a few months back and don't need and thus don't have a car, I haven't had a lot of opportunities to drive since, so I'm still in a state of being considerate, courteous and scared every 2-3 weeks when I'm borrowing my dad's car for a few minutes just so I don't completely forget which site is front.
OTOH I already learned what it feels like to drive with a flat tire because in the two week's between driving my parents to the airport and picking them up again in their car, some joker in my street let enough air out of one of the back tires that its pressure had dropped to less than 0.5 bar.

I had no problem driving around the countryside around my parent's cottage in the hills, like driving through the one-traffic-light 4000 people town and getting groceries or something.
But rush hour traffic in unknown parts of Berlin which can be hell to navigate even on a bicycle?
Gah! It's not like you can just stop and get your bearing or figure out from the road markings in bumper-to-bumper traffic which of the five lanes you have to change to.

As a rookie, inexperienced driver:
Narrow, wet, leaf-covered cobblestone streets without lane markings, cars parked on both sides, dark-clothed pedestrians and bicyclists without lights rushing to and fro after dark..whee!
Navigating a six-lane roundabout with a subway station, right in the middle of the campus of a university with 30k students ..double-whee!
A short inner-city highway on-ramp that ends in the middle of a tunnel making an S-bend.. triple-whee!

/ biggest problem for me actually is seeing stuff because I'm tall and thanks to the aerodynamic shape of most cars I can't see traffic lights or signs except from far away because the roof is in the way and the rear-view mirror is hanging right in front of my eyes.
// doesn't help that my district is famous for its many (traffic sign hiding) roadside trees.
 
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