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    Quote Originally Posted by Unklescott
    Read a drivers manual? I have no concept of that! The written test isn't that difficult. If you can make it through school you can ace a drivers test!
    Reminds me of a story back when I was getting my license. Over here, driving lessons aren't part of school - you have to go to private businesses for that. Philippine bureaucracy being what it is (one word: atrocious), many of those driving schools offer "licensing assistance", for a fee, of course.

    Anyways, what happened was they basically had a minder escort us through our equivalent of the DMV. Sort of like our group (there were around five or so of us getting our license that day as well) were VIPs or something. When the time came to take the test, I had to make sure I wasn't seeing things. Why? The pages of the booklet with the questions had a piece of clear plastic on top of them - and on that piece of plastic, the right answers were marked. Yes, the "assistance" included a cheat sheet. No wonder I didn't have any problem with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo
    Reminds me of a story back when I was getting my license. Over here, driving lessons aren't part of school - you have to go to private businesses for that. Philippine bureaucracy being what it is (one word: atrocious), many of those driving schools offer "licensing assistance", for a fee, of course.

    Anyways, what happened was they basically had a minder escort us through our equivalent of the DMV. Sort of like our group (there were around five or so of us getting our license that day as well) were VIPs or something. When the time came to take the test, I had to make sure I wasn't seeing things. Why? The pages of the booklet with the questions had a piece of clear plastic on top of them - and on that piece of plastic, the right answers were marked. Yes, the "assistance" included a cheat sheet. No wonder I didn't have any problem with it.
    reminds me of a story my wife told me. She also originally got her licence in South East Asia (malaysia to be precise). and in her case, the testing examiners were a little too used to being, umm, tipped for good service. Yes, you have to bribe a tester to pass. Its not a slam on her driving..... she's been driving for 10 years before she came here, and when she had to do everything here from scratch, she passed with flying colors (her biggest problem was that over there, they drive british style, on the other side of the road).

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    I always thought it would be an incredibly weird experience to drive on the opposite side of the road to which you were accustomed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stargazer401
    I always thought it would be an incredibly weird experience to drive on the opposite side of the road to which you were accustomed.
    for her, it was frightening.... I've seen her pull off great evasive manuvers going downhill on a mountain in a rainstorm, but driving on the right hand side made her scared (mostly cus her reactions always told her to do the exact opposite of what they should)...

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    Well I am 19 and still do not have my learners permit and because of the stupid laws just enforced in my city, even if I get my learners tomorrow I cannot drive for two years ! Damned Politicians!

    So does public transit count

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    Quote Originally Posted by stargazer401
    I always thought it would be an incredibly weird experience to drive on the opposite side of the road to which you were accustomed.
    it was just that reason that I never rented a car while in New Zealand, I just knew I'd end up on the right/wrong side of the rode out of habit.

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    Reminds me of a funny vision I've had most my life & I still can't quite envision how they did this but
    Sweden drove on the left side of the road until 1972 (I think) but Norway has always driven on the right side of the road.... I'm just wondering what happened on the border between our two countries... :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wyndemere
    Reminds me of a funny vision I've had most my life & I still can't quite envision how they did this but
    Sweden drove on the left side of the road until 1972 (I think) but Norway has always driven on the right side of the road.... I'm just wondering what happened on the border between our two countries... :-)
    FWIW there may have been some crossover device. Like a ramp.
    There is actually one country where they drive on both sides of the road (depending on the part of the country) China. you see, the mainland is all right hand side, and Hong Kong (which is now part of china) drives on the left).

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    i got my drivers license on my 16th birthday- 4:30pm to be exact... got my first speeding ticket at 4:45p.
    i know it has nothing to do with my (paid for) chevy cavalier z-24 that drive- but 18 yrs later i still have my drivers license intact...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lil Miss
    Well I am 19 and still do not have my learners permit and because of the stupid laws just enforced in my city, even if I get my learners tomorrow I cannot drive for two years ! Damned Politicians!

    So does public transit count
    Believe me when I say I feel your pain.

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