I Passed!

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Jazzin', Oct 21, 2005.

  1. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    I passed my driving test! Finally. It was my third time :bag: . But the first two times I did it, I didn't do bad, I just made an error each time that I would usually not do, I guess it was because I was nervous. Anyways, it's all over now, no more worrying. Now all I have left in my list is turning 18, then I can gamble, vote and drink (but not drive). 57 more days until then!!!

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    Congrats! It took me 3 trys myself. Be Safe :)
  3. Congrats, I only have 8 days till the big 18. Time for a big party in Canada. :)

    Oh yeah, and definitely be safe with your driving. Pretend you're an old lady for a while. :D
  4. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    You can't just go anywhere in canada, some places have the limit at 19. Come to Quebec!
  5. Congrats ! I got my driver license in May

    Enjoy the freedom you have now :cool:
  6. westland


    Oct 8, 2004
    Hong Kong
    Here's a story you might find amusing by Louisa Lim of the BBC

    My family has a poor record with driving tests. I failed mine four times in the UK. My father failed his first test for going too slowly, while my mother even managed to hit a police car on her first go. So it was with some trepidation that I faced the prospect of getting my driving licence in China. Little did I know what an ordeal it would turn into.

    The first stage was a series of medical examinations where men in white coats did inexplicable things. One hit my knees and elbows with a small hammer, another scratched the soles of my feet with a stick, and a third conducted experiments involving holding a tuning fork to my ear. From their air of resignation, it was clear that these unfortunate individuals had been assigned one test each, which they were fated to inflict on prospective drivers in perpetuity.

    Once I had been given a clean bill of health, I trekked out to a big grey building on the far edges of Beijing to submit my documentation. The city planners must have been smirking when they decided where to put the driving test centre. With the Kafkaesque logic so beloved of Chinese bureaucrats, it is almost impossible to reach the place without driving there; but you cannot get a driving licence unless you go there.

    China's roads are among the deadliest in the world

    Collecting the right documents was in itself an administrative feat that had taken months. Various permits had to be obtained and photocopied, my driving licence translated and stamped officially, and multiple photographs produced. Brandishing all the right bits of paper, I was given a date for my test. It was a written exam on the rules of the road in China.

    When I asked the bossy woman behind the counter where I could buy a book to swot up on it, she said breezily: "Oh there is no such thing, just ask someone who has done the test." My inquiries were not too successful. I was handed my test paper and looked down at it with horror. "Do not worry about it," our office manager Christine said. "It is easy. We all passed with 99%." "Why do you not just buy a licence like I did?" an English friend asked. "It saves so much hassle, it is worth every penny." A third friend admitted that she had been driving without a Chinese licence for years. "It does not matter, no one else can drive around here anyway," she said.

    Chinese military officers are given free health checks on the street
    as part of the road safety campaign

    The morning of my test dawned. I had got up early and spent hours sitting in traffic to make it on time. I was handed my test paper and looked down at it with horror. One hundred questions faced me, all of them in, frankly, incomprehensible English. Several asked about the behaviour of people called practitioner drivers. It was only afterwards I realised this meant learner drivers. Even though most questions were multiple choice, that did not stop them from being baffling. In one case, answers a and c were exactly the same. When I pointed this out to the invigilator, he took a red pen and drew a big cross through the whole question, explaining that there had been a mistake with the printing.

    Other questions were well beyond the scope of this driver. I was expected to know how high one could load a motorcycle to travel on an expressway, and exactly what role the oil pressure gauge plays in the functioning of an engine. The most memorable question was: "If you come across a road accident victim, whose intestines are lying on the road, should you pick them up and push them back in?"

    This was not a driving scenario that I had ever envisaged.

    New traffic sign boards are all part of the public road safety campaign

    At the end of it, I flunked the test. I thought I had not done too badly with 63%, but the pass mark is 90%. My husband, who has worked as a taxi driver, and took the test in Chinese, failed too. He just scraped 70%. Unsurprisingly, our dual failure caused great mirth at the office. Our driver chuckled all the way back, even as he mounted the pavement and swerved round pedestrians to skip a traffic jam. Like other Beijingers, he is an expert at finding ways of avoiding the endless gridlock.

    After 6 months here, hurtling into the path of oncoming traffic does not faze me at all, though I did draw the line when one taxi driver tried to take me down a bicycle lane on the wrong side of the road. It is hardly surprising that China is becoming one of the most dangerous places in the world to drive. The written driving tests are, as I discovered, meaningless and no one pays any attention to the regulations anyway. Given the amount of traffic on the roads, driving is frankly a frustrating and hazardous experience. So maybe it is a blessing in disguise that I have no choice but to carry on riding my bicycle, for the moment at least.

    Louisa Lim is a BBC correspondent in Beijing:

    Source: news.bbc.co.uk Thursday 22 April 2004
  7. Thats kind of random. Why 19? Be like us and have it at 18. :D
  8. Grats dude. I got mine in about a month ago and loving it. Once i'm 17 i'll be able to drive whenever i want, no 9 PM limit
  9. Tom Crofts

    Tom Crofts

    Mar 15, 2001
    Good work dude, I passed 4th time, same as you, one stupid mistake pr test cos I was nervous.

    Remember, everyone on the road is an idiot and should be treated as such. Don't think you're a big man now you can drive. Take it easy for a while. And enjoy it :)
  10. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Awesome! I got mine a couple weeks ago myself (1st time.) I also turn 18 in just under 3 weeks :D. Can't wait for the band's trip to Ottawa (and Hull ;)).
  11. joninjapan


    Aug 13, 2003
    Tokyo, Japan
    like 30 years ago....

    Congrats, the best thing is it makes draggin your equipment around a lot easier... at 16 I used to lug my old Fender twin 15" bottom and Ampeg head around in the back of my 67 Camaro... yea chicks dug me ;) (still do)

    I had driven in four different countries and now in Japan on the wrong side of the street... with a Japanese license...cool
  12. adisu

    adisu I admit it, I'm a "user"

    Apr 8, 2005
    Drive safe so you can enjoy many years of driving drinking(of course not together) and gamnling.
  13. fenderx55


    Jan 15, 2005
    ahh the 9pm limit lol. they don't check that as long as you don't get pulled over. drive yourself crazy :smug:

    it took me 3 times as well. Each of the first two times, the adjudicators questioned my clearly flawless 16 year old judgement. :cool: the third time the dude was just impressed taht i could paralell park a mini van on the first try.
  14. Hey jazzbo, we were born on the same day. Anyway, whatever, and congorats!
  15. I passed my road test on the first try with an hour of road experience and a proctor that was known to fail everyone. It was also raining and I had to parallel park on a hill between two vans.

    The only citation I had was a failure to predict potential hazards, but then again I never was able to see into the future, so I guess that's OK.
  16. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    Isn't it 21 all over the US? And in Quebec, it is at 18.
  17. For drinking it is, but I think to get into some clubs its only 18, but you get a special arm band that denotes that youre underage for drinking. I know you have to be 18 to do live music at some places around here that sell alcohol, which sucks, because if that wasnt holding my band back, we'd have way more gigs.

    Not exactly sure about what happens at 18, the more I talk to people, the more it seems like nothing cool happens, other than getting a new license and having car insurance go down. Oh well.
  18. the other side of the pond is weird

    we(in the netherlands)
    can drink beer and wine from 16 years up
    liquer and such 18 years up
    drive 18 and up
    get into some bars some clubs any age(well..if you look 16 you'll be allright)
    most bars have age 16 and up, some 18,
    most popstages same thing
    most clubs 18 to 21

    live is good in Europe
  19. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Here, you can buy lotto tickets and porn at 18.
  20. Interesting, you werent known as Nickthebassist in past life were you?

    Oh I kid, I kid. :D