View Full Version : Hurarrrh! At last!!!

07-17-2003, 08:30 AM
Passed my driving test today (with flying colours)!!!



07-17-2003, 09:05 AM
Congrats Matt!

Ben (still to take mine at age 34)

07-17-2003, 09:09 AM
Let me congratulate too!
(I was 24 when I passed mine...)

...just don't go out, celebrate with a couple of pints and drive home ;) That's a no no, bad boy, sit... :D


07-17-2003, 10:13 AM
Well done dude :)

07-17-2003, 12:00 PM
You had to learn to drive on the wrong side of the street.:D


07-17-2003, 12:33 PM
Man, that really highlights the cultural differences! I guess in big cities there may be lots of people who don't drive, but here in Florida (any non-city palce in the U.S.), I'd say most people get their learners permit at 15-16 and get their full license a year later. By 17, most are licensed.

07-17-2003, 12:37 PM

I just got my Motorcycle liscense.


07-17-2003, 06:09 PM
Yeah I was driving long before I got my licence, or was old enough to get one. I remember my ole trail bike, I use to ride it into town, no lights, no brakes no number plates :) Lots of fun :)

07-17-2003, 07:17 PM
Oh, ya?!

Well, back in MY day, we WALKED to town, fourteen miles, through the snow, barefooted, PREGNANT, even! And we weren't even women!!

uh... nevermind

07-17-2003, 09:42 PM
The pregnant man is a technological possibility these days.

07-17-2003, 11:01 PM
I failed my first attempt don't ask me how.


07-17-2003, 11:25 PM
Originally posted by Wade
I failed my first attempt don't ask me how.


You failed to get pregnant?? ;)

07-17-2003, 11:41 PM
The new LW 8 Plugin "BoneRup' should see ya right :)

07-18-2003, 12:32 AM
That great Matt , now you will actually start the real learning of UK roads

High insurance, expensive petrol and motorways like car parks, don't you just love our small and over crowded island:D

07-18-2003, 01:31 AM
My dad was a racing driver in the sixties - Formula Ford, Formula 3000 and he test drove the E-Type for Jaguar - so I learnt to drive when I was still a munchkin, cans strapped to my feet and all. We had an old 2CV that I used to drive around a bare patch of land near our home (used to be an airfield in the second World War). My dad taught me how to do hand brake turns, how to steer into skids and all before I was ten. Since then I have lived in a number of cities where public transport was not only better than having a car, but a lot cheaper too, and now my wife does all the driving. It's fine by me - I drink, she drives... :)

I will get my licence some day, only it looks more and more expensive every time I look, and now I have to do it in France...

07-18-2003, 01:52 AM
No Way! Do the French have to take driving tests sorry just don't believe you Ben:D

07-18-2003, 02:25 AM
Not only do the French have to take driving tests, they are thinking about not giving a driving licence to someone immediately on passing their test. Once you have passed you then have a three year probation period during which you are allowed to drive on motorways, etc. just like a full licence holder, but if you are responsible for any accident in the first three years, you don't get your full licence and you have your probationary one taken away. I think that there's a statute of limitations in that after seven years you can reapply for your test...

Before anyone comments, I said "if you are responsible for any accident in the first three years", not if you are involved in an accident.

I would also like to see people take a test every two years on general principles - pilots have to take a test every year to keep flying planes and there are a lot fewer accidents proportionally involving planes... It would be good for the government because I don't see anyone offering these tests for free and it would be good for road safety because of all those bad habits you pick up over years of driving, you know, like mistaking the brake for the accelerator... :(


07-18-2003, 02:36 AM
I remember when my Uncle went for his drivers license about 25 years ago in a remote part of northern queensland. (I was just a kid)

Anyway he went to the police station for the test and the sargent didn't even go with him in the car. Just told him to drive around the block and come back again.

Admittedly it was a long time ago and they didn't have any bitumen roads in this town, but I still think it was funny.

07-18-2003, 04:37 AM
I do kinda think it's too easy to get a license in many places in the States. I got mine in Arkansas (though I'm not a resident there) and all I had to do was drive around the block. No u-turns, no parallel parking, not even any changing lanes! Everyone else in there was 16 (I was 18 at the time).

But that wasn't actually my first license. I already had a US military drivers license for Japan. That one was harder. It was on the left side of the road, driving a huge van... and I had to parallel park between two tiny cars that were really close together.

Anyway, congrats on getting your license! :cool:

07-18-2003, 04:50 AM
I took my license from the same instructor who taught my dad. We had great fun, him telling me stories of how he got laid for the first time in WWII by a nurse in hospital when he was 16...
In Germany you have to take 10 compulsary hours in addition to the usual classes and the test. 5 hours autobahn, 3 hours country roads and 2 hours driving by night. We did those 10 hours on one day, driving over to France and then back to Stuttgart via Baden Baden, waiting for nightfall gambling in the Casino :D
US licenses only get accepted for tourists, US residents here have to take a new test. He told me that some of them he had to teach car driving 101, which doesn't surprise me, since traffic seems to be much more complex on this side of the pond. Heck, driving in New York is a piece of cake compared to something like Berlin, or even Stuttgart...
Even the infamous Autobahn can be a very stressing experience...

07-18-2003, 05:09 AM
I don't drive anymore, since I moved to the Cross which is the red-light district in sydney (very close to the CBD area), so i can pretty much walk where-ever I need to go. But I've got I've got an open m/c licence plus for anything else up to 15 ton, basically anything except articulated vehicles or with lazy axle.

07-18-2003, 05:14 AM
I hardly drive too, may be away over the weekend, or to customers offices if they work out of town (We have a company car).
Then I again, I live two blocks away from our office, and public transport is good enough.

07-18-2003, 05:52 AM
I cycle about 15 km every day (that's almost ten miles) to work and back. I only do it while the sun's shining so I expect to put on some weight in the middle of the winter! :)

Since I got the bike in mid-March, I've done close to 1100 kilometres on it, that's about 685 miles...


07-18-2003, 07:41 AM
Thanks everyone!

Ben I HAD to pass before my 30 birthday!!! But the reason I lasted so long without a license is because I just didn't need to drive, I can walk to work (although I bike it everyday) and if I ever go anywhere it's on public transport or a mate is driving anyway.

Still glad it's out of the way!

Now I have to figure out where all these new-fangled things called motorways are in relation to everything!!!



07-18-2003, 07:44 AM
Originally posted by Matt
Now I have to figure out where all these new-fangled things called motorways are in relation to everything!!!

Lol :) You're still on the basics.
Step two: Where is everything in relation to the motorway.

Elmar Moelzer
07-18-2003, 10:37 AM
Congrats Matt!