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2022-11-26 5:28:19 PM  
Learner's license on my 14th birthday, driver's on my 16th, passed both first try.
 
2022-11-26 5:49:12 PM  
Passed my driving test no problem, but I did have one instructor that refused to ride with my friend and I any more after one lesson, and it had nothing to do with our driving. It was myself, my buddy, this girl in our grade (9th), and this 70-year-old instructor. The girl is driving and the instructor is in the passenger seat, and we're both in the back. Now she's a terrible driver and we're legit nervous about being in there.

We're making jokes to each other to try and ease the tension and out of nowhere, the instructor farts. I mean LOUD. The only reason the girl didn't hear it was she was so panicky and freaking out to the instructor because she was terrified of driving. Buddy and I look at each other and we're desperately trying to hold back laughter, which you know just makes you laugh even harder. Eventually it erupts and she starts crying thinking we're laughing at her. He starts yelling at us and we're trying to stop, AND HE DOES IT AGAIN! Just rips it straight across the car. I know older people sometimes don't realize they farted, but he should've felt the reverberations on the seat from that one.

Of course the floodgates were broken at that point and there was no stopping it. She yells "Why are they laughing at me?!" and he says, and I'll never forget it: "Some people just can't control themselves!". He directs her back to the school, kicks us out, and we never rode with him again.

/We did tell the girl that while her driving did terrify us, the laughter had nothing to do with her and she did appreciate that
 
2022-11-26 5:57:07 PM  
Took me two attempts and lots of parallel parking practice in between to pass the driving portion of the test.
 
2022-11-26 6:04:24 PM  
I got my driver license at 15 as that was the legal age for my state at the time, but I was failed on my first driving test due to 'insubordination'. I didn't go at a tricky intersection when the testing guy told me to go. I was way too nervous and it probably was totally fine to make the move as instructed, but it all went back to an 'almost' incident when being taught how to drive by my father and his advice at the time.

That advise was basically don't pull into traffic on just the say so of a passenger, you only go if/when you feel it is safe to do so, and it was given to me due to him saying 'no' while we were at a stop sign and I heard 'go'. I passed my second test with flying colors. Both tests taken with a manual transmission too.
 
2022-11-26 6:26:59 PM  
At the time an place I got my license, the road test consisted of driving once around the court house square. If you didn't hit any cows, you passed.

/not even exaggerating
 
2022-11-26 6:30:55 PM  
I didn't bother with a license as we lived far from civilization. Two weeks after hs graduation I was walking around looking for a job and went into a wholesale house. I told them I was strong and smart and willing to work. They asked me if I had a license. I said I'd be back in a bit. I went to where a friend worked and asked if I could borrow her car, and she tossed me the keys. Drove to the DMV, took the tests and drove back in a couple hours, went inside the supply house and they signed me up.
No problem.
 
2022-11-26 6:46:17 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: Took me two attempts and lots of parallel parking practice in between to pass the driving portion of the test.


I was sure I'd aced the driving test with one last obstacle to go, parallel parking. The state trooper got out of my dad's 1960 VW Beetle with his clipboard in hand to score my parking ability. All of my attention was on the car I was to park behind as I eased the clutch out in reverse and then there was a loud pounding on the Vee Dub's roof. I hadn't looked in the rear view mirror and backed up while the trooper was walking behind the car. He had jumped on the back bumper and was beating on the roof with his clipboard. I figured I'd not only failed but might get arrested. Luckily neither happened and after another successful attempt he passed me. Good thing he had quick reflexes.
 
2022-11-26 6:50:55 PM  
I ran a STOP SIGN and still passed.
Houston in the late '70s was a weird place.
 
2022-11-26 7:02:42 PM  
On the driving test, the instructor had me pull over to a curb, and then docked me a point for not signaling when pulling out into the lack of traffic. Dick move, but I still passed.
 
2022-11-26 7:06:22 PM  
I failed the first four times.

The first failed attempt I didn't even get in the car. Being naive and 16 I just assumed my parents kept up to date on their registration and inspection.

Second failed attempt:  the test site was in a parking lot and I had the last testing slot. Things were running late. Really late. I pulled out and the instructor failed me immediately.  Reason? Didn't turn my head to check. I calmly tried arguing that I was watching people go in and out for the past two hours and knew damn well there was no one back there. "Oh, looks like this is your second fail. You'll have to pay the fee and do the written test again."  I knew I was being done dirty and there wasn't a damn thing I could do about it.

Third time: I got to experience severe test anxiety, that was fun. I rightly failed that one.

Fourth time: Inspector believed that I hit the imaginary curb on the parallel park.

Fifth time I finally got a different inspector - "The Mean B*tch". Looked like the Trunchbull from the movie Matilda.  She chewed me out for stopping instead of merely yielding at an unsigned T intersection in a residential neighborhood (sorry for being cautious?)  but I passed and wasn't about to argue.
 
2022-11-26 7:10:01 PM  

dionysusaur: I ran a STOP SIGN and still passed.
Houston in the late '70s was a weird place.


I sped by a lot through a playground zone, but we were in deep conversation about exotic hardwoods, (I had my work shiat from our family lumber yard on) he didn't even notice. Got back after the test, and he's like, "Opps, forgot to mark anything down." He picked a random 5 point deduction, and called it good. Alberta in the 90s was a very different place than it is now.
 
2022-11-26 7:49:31 PM  

swaniefrmreddeer: dionysusaur: I ran a STOP SIGN and still passed.
Houston in the late '70s was a weird place.

I sped by a lot through a playground zone, but we were in deep conversation about exotic hardwoods, (I had my work shiat from our family lumber yard on) he didn't even notice. Got back after the test, and he's like, "Opps, forgot to mark anything down." He picked a random 5 point deduction, and called it good. Alberta in the 90s was a very different place than it is now.


Typo, I hope?

Also, was this the guy?

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2022-11-26 8:15:58 PM  

cyberspacedout: swaniefrmreddeer: dionysusaur: I ran a STOP SIGN and still passed.
Houston in the late '70s was a weird place.

I sped by a lot through a playground zone, but we were in deep conversation about exotic hardwoods, (I had my work shiat from our family lumber yard on) he didn't even notice. Got back after the test, and he's like, "Opps, forgot to mark anything down." He picked a random 5 point deduction, and called it good. Alberta in the 90s was a very different place than it is now.

Typo, I hope?

Also, was this the guy?

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It was, should have clued in when I saw the swear jar at the bottom. Not the dude, but the did pull that book out today, decided the guys antique table is most likely Santos mahogany.
 
2022-11-26 8:17:28 PM  
Now I had a few drinks, the typos are really flying.
 
2022-11-26 9:07:57 PM  
I sat for and passed both the written and road tests in Virginia on my 16th birthday on the first try.  No problem.   Nine years later, I sat for the Virginia Bar Exam (which I passed on tbe first try), then moved to New Jersey three days later. I'd probably logged 30,000 miles as a driver.

My Virginia license was about to expire, so I went to get a NJ license.  Turns out, they made you take a multiple choice written test on a computer.  No probl... whatthefarkdoyoumean I failed????  I didn't even get to see all the questions.   Worse, I was flying out on a trip three days after that, and needed to rent a car, so I had to drive to Virginia to renew my license and then drive back to NJ.  On my trip I studied that stupid NJ traffic rules book and passed my second attempt with flying colors.

Stupid farking New Jersey.
 
2022-11-26 9:30:50 PM  

Mojongo: Bathia_Mapes: Took me two attempts and lots of parallel parking practice in between to pass the driving portion of the test.

I was sure I'd aced the driving test with one last obstacle to go, parallel parking. The state trooper got out of my dad's 1960 VW Beetle with his clipboard in hand to score my parking ability. All of my attention was on the car I was to park behind as I eased the clutch out in reverse and then there was a loud pounding on the Vee Dub's roof. I hadn't looked in the rear view mirror and backed up while the trooper was walking behind the car. He had jumped on the back bumper and was beating on the roof with his clipboard. I figured I'd not only failed but might get arrested. Luckily neither happened and after another successful attempt he passed me. Good thing he had quick reflexes.


I don't know how it is nowadays, but back when I got my DL an Oregon DMV employee administered the driving test.  i sincerely hope they got hazard pay.
 
2022-11-26 10:15:20 PM  
Past my permit test the first time. Past the driver's test the first time as well. It was through my school and I did not have to parallel park on the test at all.
 
2022-11-26 10:21:53 PM  
I put down my hair color as auburn even though I am more blonde/gray.

/ The lighting was weird.
 
2022-11-26 10:25:38 PM  
I took mine in my Dad's 1976 Lincoln Continental. That farker was larger than most Apartments. 20 farken feet long.
And I nailed it...even the parallel parking bit.
Tho ahole cop/instructor did take points off because my bumper was 6 inches over the yellow line on the parking bit. IT'S FARKEN 20 FEET LONG...GEEZE, I can't Ant MAN it down to size here.
\rip Abe...we loved you.

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2022-11-26 10:26:29 PM  
Passed on my second try after nudging the curb parallel parking the first time around. About 10 years later I passed the motorcycle test on the first try through the Washington DoT safety course. Of course an unexpected expense came up so I put off buying a bike, then 2 ex wives and 24 years of child support payments popped up and I haven't ridden a motorcycle since the day I passed the test. In hindsight, I should have bought the bike anyway.
 
2022-11-26 10:34:20 PM  
I've never actually taken a driving test and once got a friend to drive me to the DMV to get my license renewed while I was drunk. Best license picture ever.
 
2022-11-26 10:43:04 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: Mojongo: Bathia_Mapes: Took me two attempts and lots of parallel parking practice in between to pass the driving portion of the test.

I was sure I'd aced the driving test with one last obstacle to go, parallel parking. The state trooper got out of my dad's 1960 VW Beetle with his clipboard in hand to score my parking ability. All of my attention was on the car I was to park behind as I eased the clutch out in reverse and then there was a loud pounding on the Vee Dub's roof. I hadn't looked in the rear view mirror and backed up while the trooper was walking behind the car. He had jumped on the back bumper and was beating on the roof with his clipboard. I figured I'd not only failed but might get arrested. Luckily neither happened and after another successful attempt he passed me. Good thing he had quick reflexes.

I don't know how it is nowadays, but back when I got my DL an Oregon DMV employee administered the driving test.  i sincerely hope they got hazard pay.


I got my license in Ohio in the 60s and prior to taking any tests we were required to attend a drivers ed class in school where we had to watch the infamously gory Ohio Highway Patrol car accident videos like 'Mechanized Death'. I had that class right after lunch and inevitably someone would hurl their cafeteria Sloppy Joe and dessert part way through it. Those films almost convinced me not to drive.
 
2022-11-26 10:43:08 PM  
Learner's permit at 15, a few sessions with Dad in big parking lots for controlled circumstance, then some little-used roads and regular driving around town and on the highway.  Also, Driver's Ed in school and a week in the car in summer.  (Learned about driving an automatic then).  No problem with the test.

Dad's was even easier.  When he was a boy, all he had to do was send away for it, with a photostat of his birth cert or something - maybe even just an authorization from local cops or something, to the state capitol - they were pretty rural.  Farm country, so I guess they figured kids would learn anyway.  Not much to hit out there.
 
2022-11-26 10:44:57 PM  
Passed mine on the first try at 16.  Only thing I farked up was parking on a hill (didn't turn the wheels in the right direction).  To be fair, I haven't really had to use that skill.
 
2022-11-26 11:10:19 PM  
I remember that when I had my learners permit, I was terrified behind the wheel doing 35mph. Barely three years later I did 120 on the highway in my parents BMW racing an equally stupid person in a Charger. Now I'm cool doing 5 over, and I feel like I'm the only person on the road that gets over when someone is coming barreling down the left lane at me.
 
2022-11-26 11:24:06 PM  
License was expiring, went to renew and get Real  ID. Didn't have a SS card. Couldn't get the ID without it. Went next door to the SS office. They said, "show us your driver's license". Sent me the card in the mail. Total time, with written test and SS office, 58 minutes.

I say let the DMV run healthcare.
 
2022-11-26 11:37:42 PM  
Written test for learners at 15, license at 16. Aced both.

The test for the license was to just drive around the block (middle of nowhere south GA) and park back the way you were at the start of the test.

I drove on the way there so was parked normally but the girl ahead of me failed because her dad had backed the car in for her so she only had to pull straight out and she couldn't get it backed into the spot safely.

Test was administered by state patrol.
 
2022-11-26 11:41:36 PM  
i dont need no stinking license
 
2022-11-26 11:49:11 PM  
Pretty easy.  Booked my test first thing in the morning and when we hit the highway most of the time was taken up due to traffic.  Ended up being a milk run through some suburb...a few stop signs, pull over to the side of the road, park like you're up/downhill and then back to base.   Oh and he made me back into a spot at the DMV.
The Instructor joked about the traffic thing but said that in the end he just wants to make sure I'm safe and won't cause a wreck out there, so he passed me.
 
2022-11-26 11:56:11 PM  

Mojongo: Bathia_Mapes: Mojongo: Bathia_Mapes: Took me two attempts and lots of parallel parking practice in between to pass the driving portion of the test.

I was sure I'd aced the driving test with one last obstacle to go, parallel parking. The state trooper got out of my dad's 1960 VW Beetle with his clipboard in hand to score my parking ability. All of my attention was on the car I was to park behind as I eased the clutch out in reverse and then there was a loud pounding on the Vee Dub's roof. I hadn't looked in the rear view mirror and backed up while the trooper was walking behind the car. He had jumped on the back bumper and was beating on the roof with his clipboard. I figured I'd not only failed but might get arrested. Luckily neither happened and after another successful attempt he passed me. Good thing he had quick reflexes.

I don't know how it is nowadays, but back when I got my DL an Oregon DMV employee administered the driving test.  i sincerely hope they got hazard pay.

I got my license in Ohio in the 60s and prior to taking any tests we were required to attend a drivers ed class in school where we had to watch the infamously gory Ohio Highway Patrol car accident videos like 'Mechanized Death'. I had that class right after lunch and inevitably someone would hurl their cafeteria Sloppy Joe and dessert part way through it. Those films almost convinced me not to drive.


It wasn't a requirement, but I did take driver's ed classes (Classroom  simulators and drving with one of the driver's ed teachers), but they never showed gory films. This was in the late 60s
 
2022-11-27 12:12:35 AM  
I borrowed my BILs big boat of a car because I knew I'd biff the test if I took it in our truck. It had a column shift and I did not like it and I did not shift well (no problem with a floor shift). I passed the written test (missed two questions) and then went to take the road test. The big boat of a car has a bench seat, I'm 5ft 2in, and the DMV chick is close to if not 6ft. Poor gal had her knees up at her ears and my belly is inside the steering wheel. She asked me when I was due and I cheerily answered, "Any day now!" I was 8½ months along. She had me drive around the block and passed me.
 
2022-11-27 12:58:18 AM  
My first time during the drive portion, I was driving a mini van for the test, yet most of my driving up to that point had been in a honda del sol. Anyways, as we are driving through the mall parking lot, I notice the wind is slowly blowing a refrigerator size piece of styrofoam. Like a fat dense brick of it taller than me. It was on its side, and just inching along with the wind until it stopped in the middle of the road. I stopped the mini van 45 second into the test and asked the test giver what to do, and he said just keep driving. I tried to drive over it, and it felt like I was four wheeling up a farking mountain lol. After I made it over, I accidently went the wrong way down this weird entry / exit area of the mall, like a three way stop type deal. FAIL within two minutes. That sound of 50 pounds of styrofoam being shredded and the look on the dudes face lmao.

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2022-11-27 1:50:17 AM  
I'll be sure and let you know. If I ever get one.

/Never got one.
//Haven't driven a car in over 35 years.
///Will never do so again, most likely.
 
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2022-11-27 3:06:14 AM  
I passed on my second try just before my 18th birthday in the summer of 2002.

The first time I took the driving test, I failed to check the cross walk for pedestrians after stopping at an intersection. As luck would have it, there was a pedestrian crossing at the same time I was about to make a right turn. The instructor had to use the brake on his side. Good call. I would have failed me too.

The driving school I went to was in Lynn, Massachusetts, on Munroe St. (for those who are familiar with the area). The driving school owner was this Russian dude with a thick accent who was blaring loud trance music every time I was there. He had an assistant, an elderly woman who kept rolling eyes at him and never said much. I will never forget it.
 
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2022-11-27 4:02:55 AM  
Laws here at the time allowed a student that took private instruction to get a license without ever taking a test at MVD.

I'd started learning to drive off of the public roads with my parents when I was twelve.  By the time I was midway through fifteen and qualified for a learner's permit I already had the mechanics of operating the vehicle where I wanted it to go down-pat.  I drove my parents around a lot with that permit and learned to operate in traffic.  A day or two after turning sixteen I had that private instruction, which basically consisted of driving around town with the instructor to confirm that I knew what the hell I was doing for three days.  He wrote me up as fully qualified and I went in and got my license without any difficulty.

/rode go-karts and ATVs as an adolescent
//played a ton of driving video games in arcades, the kind where one sits down in the full console machine
///actually driving wasn't especially difficult with so much exposure to it beforehand
 
2022-11-27 4:57:55 AM  

optikeye: And I nailed it...even the parallel parking bit.


My drivers ed teacher teacher told us if we weren't confident enough to do the parallel parking bit that we should just skip it because if you hit the curb or pylons it's an automatic fail, but if you just can't do it, it's only 4 points off your score.  I did it anyway - hooray for me.  I almost never have to parallel park.
 
2022-11-27 5:54:48 AM  
Taxi - Reverend Jim's Driving Test
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2022-11-27 7:25:52 AM  
Piece of cake. I went to the DMV with my friend. They handed me the written test and I thought I was supposed to take it in the main room where everyone was waiting, so I sat with my friend laughing at the questions and showing them to him "What color is a stop sign? Duh." I went to turn it in and realized that I was supposed to be in the test-taking room. Whoops. I walked in there, sat down, and pretended to take it all over again before getting up to hand it in.

The driving test was easy too. I got a higher score than anyone else I knew, which is crazy because I'm not a great driver. It was Rhode Island, though, so the tester told me not to signal so much.
 
2022-11-27 9:28:21 AM  
I remember only just passing the driving exam because I took the turns "too wide".  I took my driving test in this...

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/ you could land a helicopter on the hood
 
2022-11-27 10:44:32 AM  
Took it in my dads company car, 1986 Caprice

Ran over the flag parallel parking, and somehow got a failing grade on "posture"(wtf)

Still passed
 
2022-11-27 11:14:06 AM  

optikeye: I took mine in my Dad's 1976 Lincoln Continental. That farker was larger than most Apartments. 20 farken feet long.
And I nailed it...even the parallel parking bit.
Tho ahole cop/instructor did take points off because my bumper was 6 inches over the yellow line on the parking bit. IT'S FARKEN 20 FEET LONG...GEEZE, I can't Ant MAN it down to size here.
\rip Abe...we loved you.

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Fistbump!
Mine was in dad's 1966, just like this one. Loved the speedo, a white bar moved across, when you hit 70 that part of the bar turned red.
Aced the test too, practice with parents was way harder than the instructor:)
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My daily driver was a bulletproof 1965 Datsun pickup, not as shiny as this one though.
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2022-11-27 11:47:37 AM  
in my little hick town, there were 2 people responsible for driver's tests - a younger guy who everyone liked, and an old biatch who failed everyone their first try regardless. so, I failed the first test when I decided to let the 6 year old trying to cross the street on a bike that was way too big for them to control go first at a red light, and passed the second time without issue
 
2022-11-27 1:25:03 PM  
In Ohio, there are three parts to the test: the written test, the road test, and the maneuverability test. The maneuverability test consists of five cones in a parking lot. You pull through the four, then the instructor tells you Right or Left. You then need to cut the wheel, passing the fifth cone on the side you're instructed to pass, and stop with your back bumper lined up with that cone. You are then expected to back up through the mini-maze to end up where you started. Bumping a cone is a point or two, and knocking one over is automatic failure.

For the life of me, I could not pull it together to pass that stupid test. My first time, while backing though it, I bumped the gas with my foot, and plowed over a cone. Failed, came back a week later. This time, I saw I was crooked while backing up, tried to compensate, and knocked over a cone again. I was told if I failed a third time, I had to repeat driver's ed. That third time, I was sweating and shaking like a bastard, but I managed to barely get through it, bumping two cones in the process. I friggin' hated that stupid part of the exam.

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2022-11-27 3:04:51 PM  

sniderman: In Ohio, there are three parts to the test: the written test, the road test, and the maneuverability test. The maneuverability test consists of five cones in a parking lot. You pull through the four, then the instructor tells you Right or Left. You then need to cut the wheel, passing the fifth cone on the side you're instructed to pass, and stop with your back bumper lined up with that cone. You are then expected to back up through the mini-maze to end up where you started. Bumping a cone is a point or two, and knocking one over is automatic failure.

For the life of me, I could not pull it together to pass that stupid test. My first time, while backing though it, I bumped the gas with my foot, and plowed over a cone. Failed, came back a week later. This time, I saw I was crooked while backing up, tried to compensate, and knocked over a cone again. I was told if I failed a third time, I had to repeat driver's ed. That third time, I was sweating and shaking like a bastard, but I managed to barely get through it, bumping two cones in the process. I friggin' hated that stupid part of the exam.

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I'm struggling to figure out when I have ever needed, or would ever need, to do something like this in real life.
 
2022-11-27 5:37:28 PM  
Failed on the first try. I think I was about 16.5, graduated drivers license program and driver's ed classes filling up slowed me down prior to that.

Failed because, while stopping at a stop sign, I didn't stop with the front bumper of the car even with the sign itself and then creep forward from there until I could see if it was safe to go. Probably because this is something that no one has ever done in regular driving, ever. Like everyone else, I went straight to stopping somewhere near where I could see in both directions, but not sticking out remotely far enough to get hit.

I love my mom, but when she gets emotional, she can't shut her farking mouth. The ENTIRE ride home was spent with her alternating  talking about how she couldn't believe they'd fail me for something so petty and how "I told you so" on stopping even with the sign. Asking her to stop was fruitless. Too much of the latter bit of her repetitive thoughts on the matter had me crying by the time I got home, and I'm the kind of guy who cries maybe two times per year. Then I wasn't allowed to sulk in my room and, exactly like the meme, go listen to Linkin Park, because I was a teenager in 2003. No, mom said that was unhealthy or something. Instead I took my anger out on the tent caterpillars growing nests in the cherry tree out front by ripping them out, something that extended the life of the tree by quite a bit.

Retook it a few days later, was careful about the stop sign thing, also got a tester who was a little less anal, and passed.

Not passing my driver's test on the first try was kind of lame. But them I met Mrs. F, who didn't take the test until she was 22 and farking hit a cop car while taking it.
 
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2022-11-27 7:55:31 PM  

Fireproof: But them I met Mrs. F, who didn't take the test until she was 22 and farking hit a cop car while taking it.


This reminds me of an incident while I was growing up in the Balkans. I was about 6 or 7 years old in the late 80s/early 90s. My father one day decided to teach my mother how to drive. The car was a Yugoslav made version of a 1960s Fiat 600, and my mother ended up taking out an entire side of concrete fencing with it. This is not unimaginable because the car was built like a tank. It was mostly steel. The incident became a running joke in the neighborhood, much to the chagrin of my mother who just brushed it off. But I did feel bad for her being the butt of the joke.

We then moved to America in 1997. My mother got her license here and has had zero accidents since. Mom had the last laugh.
 
2022-11-27 8:39:31 PM  
I did my driving test after a big snow in my parent's minivan. I thought I was going to be failed because I slightly brushed the snow bank during the parallel parking but he didn't even bat an eye before passing me. The whole thing seemed fairly trivial.
 
2022-11-27 8:46:26 PM  
I was 18. My brother was 16 so we took driver's ed together. The test was at the Ontario Ministry of Transport's test track near the 401 and Keele in Toronto. I went first and did pretty good until I got to the "entering traffic from the intersection" part of the test. You see, other vehicles, including motorcycles, were using the test facility at the same time. I got to the "T" intersection, signaled my left turn, started to pull out, then hesitated as a motorcycle was approaching from my left. After only a momentary hesitation, I pulled out, which caused the rider to brake. That one mistake caused me to fail the test. My brother went next and he passed.

My next attempt was a few months later, and I admit that I did not properly prepare or practice. Partly because I was no longer living at home. I was at university and took my second test in Kitchener, Ontario. The tester was a real strict old guy, but he rightly failed me. No one big issue, but a lot of little ones.

Third time's the charm, right? I practiced when I had the chance, often with my brother in the front seat to guide me. It paid off. The third test (also in Kitchener) was a success. I was very happy and relieved. I didn't get my first car until later, though.
 
2022-11-27 9:14:42 PM  

I know a guy: sniderman: In Ohio, there are three parts to the test: the written test, the road test, and the maneuverability test. The maneuverability test consists of five cones in a parking lot. You pull through the four, then the instructor tells you Right or Left. You then need to cut the wheel, passing the fifth cone on the side you're instructed to pass, and stop with your back bumper lined up with that cone. You are then expected to back up through the mini-maze to end up where you started. Bumping a cone is a point or two, and knocking one over is automatic failure.

For the life of me, I could not pull it together to pass that stupid test. My first time, while backing though it, I bumped the gas with my foot, and plowed over a cone. Failed, came back a week later. This time, I saw I was crooked while backing up, tried to compensate, and knocked over a cone again. I was told if I failed a third time, I had to repeat driver's ed. That third time, I was sweating and shaking like a bastard, but I managed to barely get through it, bumping two cones in the process. I friggin' hated that stupid part of the exam.

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I'm struggling to figure out when I have ever needed, or would ever need, to do something like this in real life.


It replaces the parallel parking test, apparently.
 
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