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I managed to pass my theory driving test. o_O;

More worryingly, I got 100% (35 out of 35) on the touch-screen knowledge questions. Including a rather stupid one about aquaplaning ('how do you know if your vehicle is aquaplaning?' The answer was 'the steering feels light', but personally, the fact YOU'D BE GOING SIDEWAYS would clue me in...).

I almost failed the hazard perception though. X3 Not my fault - entirely - as the instructions are absolutely crap. I mean, do you click ON the hazard? Around it? Anywhere you bloody feel like? And what do they count as a hazard? Because going up a hill at night is a hazard because traffic coming down the hill, even with headlights dipped, will still dazzle you. Likewise, humpback bridges and steep dips are as much hazards as the pillock who reverses out in front of you in traffic. *pulls a face*

I've dealt with most of those hazards before in person anyway, when driving, soooo... It's funny about having a large L plate on the top of the car, people seem to assume it means "Leap out at me!" Or, in the case of the guy yesterday, it seems to mean 'drive at 50-60MPH in a 30 zone and nearly hit me!' I don't think clicking a mouse is an effective way of testing: it's so unconnected with what you do and feel when you drive. And I kept trying to look around the monitor, since the camera was ... useless. Plus, the person who was driving whatever filmed them sometimes drove so appallingly (in the middle of the road in a country lane with a blind bend) that I'm amazed they didn't count as a hazard themselves...

Either way, now I can get on with worrying about when I have to do the practical...

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jester_uk
Dec. 6th, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC)
It's perfectly possible to aquaplane in a straight line. In fact going straight when you don't want to can be a problem
nothingtoregret
Dec. 7th, 2006 02:19 am (UTC)
Hehe, I guess so.

Either way, I hate driving in the wet anyway... But unfortunately I don't think "can't drive in the rain" counts as a reason to be off work, does it?

Hell, most companies don't like it when you can't drive in the snow... And I'm now looking forward to the time I tell my boss, whoever they might one day be, that if I'm ill they'll have to get someone to drive me home, since it's illegal for me to drive when ill. \o/
illaor
Dec. 6th, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC)
100%?! Why, back in my day we had real tests, what tested you proper like.

Ahem, that is to say, grats on the test result. Jealous of your score and the fact that you got to use new fangled technology rather than the pen and paper test I had to do.

However, passing the test with 100% isn't worrying, what's worrying is you passing the practical and being let loose on the nations roads all alone. Scares the hell out of me :P
nothingtoregret
Dec. 7th, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
Well, bits of the test were awkward. And some were plain stupid, like 'how to lower your emissions when driving', plus a rather nice one I'd revised only hours before and now can't remember for the life of me. X3 And one about who you show insurance documents to. o.O; Y'know, useful stuff. Even had one about what a broken white line before a roundabout means and what a circular blue sign with white arrows going clockwise means.

...And the obligatory mobile phone one. But not the one I was expecting (had expected the one about how many times more likely you were to have an accident whilst using one - instead only got the one about 'someone rings you when you're driving down the motorway').

But you shouldn't be jealous, because 47 out of 75 for the hazard perception is terrible. XD I did say I almost failed it.
illaor
Dec. 7th, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
Whew, good thing I don't have to take that test again, havent' got a clue what half those answers would be O.o;
nothingtoregret
Dec. 8th, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC)
Eheheh... I had no idea either. XD I swear, I guessed half of them. I realise now though, that means I got another one right that I didn't actually know.

"When towing a caravan, what kind of mirrors should you use?" -Normal wing mirrors, -wide angle rear view, -normal rear view, -extended wing mirrors. Turns out it's extended wing mirrors. o_o;;; I was sat in the test room imagining each of them and thinking 'well, you wouldn't be able to see around the caravan with so-and-so...' Funny the stuff you forget to revise...
illaor
Dec. 8th, 2006 08:06 pm (UTC)
Look at it this way, I don't know half this stuff but I can still legally drive, so it can't be that important... right? :D

Missed revision wasn't so funny in one A-level maths module when I found myself "finished" 5 minutes in after being unable to answer the first part and so unable to answer the rest of the parts of any of the three questions...
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