Getting your drivers license

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    Aug 24, 2009 11:56 PM GMT
    When did you get your license and how many tries did it take? I am 18 and have tried 3 times with no success icon_cry.gif LOL
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    Aug 24, 2009 11:58 PM GMT
    At 16,,, aced it the first time.. I had plenty of practice though. Parallel parking, no problem...icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 25, 2009 12:00 AM GMT
    In australia we have to get our L's, P1's P2's and then you can get your full license.

    Everyone of them you have to sit a test and to go from your L's to your P1's you have to do a driving test too.

    I passed them all first go, but I did it much much slower then everyone else, I was on my L's for a couple of years and then I got my P's and remained on them for a few years too which was WELL over the requirement, mainly because I didn't have any massive need to move on so never bothered.

  • Puppy80

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    Aug 25, 2009 12:03 AM GMT
    I got mine when I was 16. Well late 16 because my birthday is in January so I had to wait till I had passed drivers ed. It did take me 2 tries though because on the first one I was driving my dad's Explorer and wasn't used to it, and during the back around the corner I jumped the curb which is an automatic no no.
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    Aug 25, 2009 12:12 AM GMT
    Wow.. failed 3 times? Did you practice driving at all? When I got my learners permit, I drove all the time. I was practically a chauffeur for my parents. I wanted to get as much experience as possible. And it paid off. I took my drivers test when I turned 16 and passed.

    What parts of the test did you get points deducted?
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    Aug 25, 2009 12:19 AM GMT
    xrichx saidWow.. failed 3 times? Did you practice driving at all? When I got my learners permit, I drove all the time. I was practically a chauffeur for my parents. I wanted to get as much experience as possible. And it paid off. I took my drivers test when I turned 16 and passed.

    What parts of the test did you get points deducted?


    I got nervous every single time and hit the curb the first and third times-automatic fail, and the second time I came across an intersection where only my street had a stop sign, not the other street, but I didnt know that so I assumed the traffic on the intersecting street were gonna stop icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Aug 25, 2009 12:23 AM GMT
    lilTanker saidIn australia we have to get our L's, P1's P2's and then you can get your full license.



    Im showing my age here, but when I got my Learners it was only Ls then Ps, none of this P1, 2 stuff. I got my Learners on my third go (coz I didnt bother reading the book till after failing the second time) and I got my Ps on the second go (coz I was really nervous the first time round and made some silly mistakes).
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    Aug 25, 2009 12:27 AM GMT
    grdiur saidWhen did you get your license and how many tries did it take? I am 18 and have tried 3 times with no success icon_cry.gif LOL


    1. make sure you know the manual inside and out.
    2. Be confident in your abilities
    3. Take a breath before starting the test, and keep your knowledge in mind. Don't let your fears take hold. You'll do fine.
    4. If all else fails, hire a chauffeur. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 25, 2009 12:27 AM GMT
    California here... passed on first try with a lot of practice. Only missed 1 point because I didn't look over my shoulder while backing up along a curb (the sun made a glare, so I used the mirror on the passenger side).
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    Aug 25, 2009 12:28 AM GMT
    syd_hockey_79 said
    lilTanker saidIn australia we have to get our L's, P1's P2's and then you can get your full license.



    Im showing my age here, but when I got my Learners it was only Ls then Ps, none of this P1, 2 stuff. I got my Learners on my third go (coz I didnt bother reading the book till after failing the second time) and I got my Ps on the second go (coz I was really nervous the first time round and made some silly mistakes).

    You old fart you icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 25, 2009 12:28 AM GMT
    on my 16th Birthday, first try
  • hyperionx

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    Aug 25, 2009 12:35 AM GMT
    grdiur said
    xrichx saidWow.. failed 3 times? Did you practice driving at all? When I got my learners permit, I drove all the time. I was practically a chauffeur for my parents. I wanted to get as much experience as possible. And it paid off. I took my drivers test when I turned 16 and passed.

    What parts of the test did you get points deducted?


    I got nervous every single time and hit the curb the first and third times-automatic fail, and the second time I came across an intersection where only my street had a stop sign, not the other street, but I didnt know that so I assumed the traffic on the intersecting street were gonna stop icon_rolleyes.gif


    Have you considered taking a driving instruction course? It doesn't sound like you're confident enough yet to be out on the road on your own; which is not a bad thing! I can remember the first time I got onto an expressway, it takes a lot of practice. Don't be afraid to turn to a professional.
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    Aug 25, 2009 12:42 AM GMT
    I'm sure I'll get some flack for this but I have yet to get my driver's license :-(
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    Aug 25, 2009 12:47 AM GMT
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    grdiur said
    xrichx saidWow.. failed 3 times? Did you practice driving at all? When I got my learners permit, I drove all the time. I was practically a chauffeur for my parents. I wanted to get as much experience as possible. And it paid off. I took my drivers test when I turned 16 and passed.

    What parts of the test did you get points deducted?


    I got nervous every single time and hit the curb the first and third times-automatic fail, and the second time I came across an intersection where only my street had a stop sign, not the other street, but I didnt know that so I assumed the traffic on the intersecting street were gonna stop icon_rolleyes.gif


    Have you considered taking a driving instruction course? It doesn't sound like you're confident enough yet to be out on the road on your own; which is not a bad thing! I can remember the first time I got onto an expressway, it takes a lot of practice. Don't be afraid to turn to a professional.


    Yea im starting driving school next month, but its only on the test I get nervous. When I drive with family or friends, I dont make any of the mistakes I make on the test.
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    Aug 25, 2009 12:48 AM GMT
    grdiur saidWhen did you get your license and how many tries did it take? I am 18 and have tried 3 times with no success icon_cry.gif LOL

    Which part did you fail? The written test or the driving demonstration?

    I've never failed a driving test since my first in 1966, taken on a stick-shift manual. I've taken a few since, due to military relocations, including a real pisser in Germany. Plus motorcycle tests as well, that included driving my bike all around closely-spaced cones, and stopping with deliberately locked-up tires and skidding.

    In fact, my first motorcycle test in 1966, on a closed state course, required I stop my bike on a hill, kill the engine, get off and put it on its stand. Next I had to restart the bike with just 1 kick (few bikes then had electric starters, and even those also had a kickstarter), remount the bike and drive off smoothly up the hill. Just crazy!

    If your problem is the written portion, study harder. If it's the driving demonstration, you may need to invest in a driving instructor course, or spend time practicing with someone who's a very competent driver. Explaining what you failed would help us.
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    Aug 25, 2009 12:50 AM GMT
    Guy101 saidI'm sure I'll get some flack for this but I have yet to get my driver's license :-(


    Dude what are u waiting for?
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    Aug 25, 2009 12:50 AM GMT
    Red_Vespa said
    grdiur saidWhen did you get your license and how many tries did it take? I am 18 and have tried 3 times with no success icon_cry.gif LOL

    Which part did you fail? The written test or the driving demonstration?

    I've never failed a driving test since my first in 1966, taken on a stick-shift manual. I've taken a few since, due to military relocations, including a real pisser in Germany. Plus motorcycle tests as well, that included driving my bike all around closely-spaced cones, and stopping with deliberately locked-up tires and skidding.

    In fact, my first motorcycle test in 1966, on a closed state course, required I stop my bike on a hill, kill the engine, get off and put it on its stand. Next I had to restart the bike with just 1 kick (few bikes then had electric starters, and even those also had a kickstarter), remount the bike and drive off smoothly up the hill. Just crazy!

    If your problem is the written portion, study harder. If it's the riding demonstration, you may need to invest in a driving instructor course, or spend time practicing with someone who's a very competent driver. Explaining what you failed would help us.


    Its not the written test, that was one of the easiest tests in my life icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 25, 2009 12:52 AM GMT
    16. One try.
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    Aug 25, 2009 12:53 AM GMT
    Thankfully my parent's were really good teachers and took me out a lot to learn. They also forced me (and my brothers) to take the exam in one of our manual cars. So, that was another level of complexity to add to the mix. But, I passed on my first try at 16.

    Does your school have driver's ed? I took a class outside of the one offered at school and I think it was a big help. Maybe try that? Or, just practice a lot.
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    Aug 25, 2009 12:56 AM GMT
    I was 16 and on my first try but I almost failed because the instructor said I rolled through a stop sign but it because I couldn't see I had to edge forward D: I still passed though.
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    Aug 25, 2009 12:59 AM GMT
    grdiur saidIts not the written test, that was one of the easiest tests in my life icon_lol.gif

    Good for you! Now what kind of car are you taking the test with? I hope an automatic transmission, and a fairly compact model. If not, see if you can borrow one, something that has good visibility to the rear, and practice with it.

    What did you fail for? Parallel parking? Doing a K-turn (3-point)? These are among the requirements I had.

    Whatever it is they should have told you. And then you go to some empty parking lot on a weekend, and you practice & practice, again & again. Preferably with someone who's an experienced driver, and I realize with a learner's permit you may need a licensed driver with you anyway.

    If that won't work, then I'm afraid investing in a driving course is next.
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    Aug 25, 2009 1:06 AM GMT
    KlassikjockDude what are u waiting for?


    Well walking and riding my bike seems to be working out fine for me. A bit inconvenient when it's raining or really cold out but whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right? LOL.

    I honestly just never learned and never really had a deep desire to drive I suppose although I'm sure I'm gonna need one as I get older. I've never even taken the test.

    Why? you wanna teach me?
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    Aug 25, 2009 1:07 AM GMT
    20

    Failed 3 times prior

    The driving test in AMERICA is a piece of cake compared to other countries that I've lived in. You will get it. Don't give up
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    Aug 25, 2009 1:12 AM GMT
    Red_Vespa said
    grdiur saidIts not the written test, that was one of the easiest tests in my life icon_lol.gif

    Good for you! Now what kind of car are you taking the test with? I hope an automatic transmission, and a fairly compact model. If not, see if you can borrow one, something that has good visibility to the rear, and practice with it.

    What did you fail for? Parallel parking? Doing a K-turn (3-point)? These are among the requirements I had.

    Whatever it is they should have told you. And then you go to some empty parking lot on a weekend, and you practice & practice, again & again. Preferably with someone who's an experienced driver, and I realize with a learner's permit you may need a licensed driver with you anyway.

    If that won't work, then I'm afraid investing in a driving course is next.


    I use a '97 ford ranger pickup. I guess i left too much space from the curb for parallel parking, but im ok with k-turns. My turns are either too short or long sometimes thats another problem.
  • calibro

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    Aug 25, 2009 1:13 AM GMT
    I got mine on my 21st birthday on the second try.