Is English Driving Test Tougher Than American One?
Q: I have had the privelage of driving in both the UK and the US
since my permanent home is in the UK and I am currently studying here in
the US (3yrs).
As for drivers education, I had to take a US driving test in order to
obtain a PA licence and to be truthful, it was pretty lame. The English
driving test is far tougher and you get to drive on a real road with
other real drivers and real situations, not in an obstacle course (
again, I am quoting from personal experience...this may not be the case
for all states). I even went to take the advanced driver's course for
fun and found that pretty unchallenging. However, having said all of
that, the US has a far tougher written/multi-Choice test than the UK.
Studying books on driving will not make one a better driver, so the
point of all this is that, after basic driver's ed in both countries, I
think that the average English driver is more skilled at DRIVING and
parallel parking, than the average American. This just shows an that
American driver's ed is
not on par with European Driver's Ed.
A:It depends on the state. In Louisiana, where I took my written and driving test the driving test was rather tough, i.e. it lasted for 20 minutes or so and included real drivers and real situations. The written test on the other hand was a complete joke and had questions like: "your boss chewed you off at the job. What do you do" a. cool off b. get on the car and drive like crazy c. .... In Michigan the written test was TOUGH, i.e I mean TOUGH for some unfortunate slob like me who had never seen snow before, it had all kinds of funny questions about driving in snow, car questions, etc. almost 60 questions in all. Indiana's written test was a joke, a multi-choice on a video game. You can do it even without knowing English! Driving tests from friends who took them were tough in both states. The only way to get a driver licence without a driving exam is if you attend driver's ed school.
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