Thursday, October 16, 2008

Driver's License


Dasha, 23, came by the office to show us her newly acquired drivers license. She said it took "all day" to obtain. To prepare, she had to buy and study a thick manual. Then she had to hire a teacher at $40 an hour. She took just five hours of lessons.

For the test, first she took a 20 question written exam--two mistakes allowed. Then, after she stood in line for over two hours to wait to be called, she drove a State car in a controlled course. Then she had to drive on the street with the driving inspector in the back seat--and her driving teacher in the front. She took that test four times before she passed. If she made one mistake she had to take it again another time.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

In Austria it's even stricter!

KAIBERT said...

Should have made her drivers license in Page/Arizona! Eye-test, 10 $ and a test drive would have done it!

robin k said...

I'm glad I don't have to get a driver's license there!

Salem said...

Do you find the streets are safer than the US? I wonder if the strictness creates a safer environment, or if its just as bad.

R-Eight said...

It was strict like that in Germany too but they were much better drivers than we are.

Mom in Mendon said...

I do think driving is "smarter." For as much traffic as we see, cars and buses manage to avoid each other. People have difficulty keeping cars washed, but it's unusual to see one dented. No old rust buckets out and about.

bird on the lawn said...

I am going WAY back in the archives. Looking for photos of my dear friends. DASHA!