I failed my driving test

!!!

Okay so I’ve been driving for the last several years with permit after permit
(never alone obviously), because I’ve been too nervous to take the exam. With
good reason I guess, after today!

I went in at 9 am to take my test and had to shuffle around for a couple of
hours trying to get a fax to come in from Geico, because our new car doesn’t
have new insurance cards yet. Only the cover sheet would come in at the
department of licensing’s fax, because their machine was sooooo old. We had to
run downtown to a mail and copy center to get the fax.

Then we came back and I was tested by a TRAINEE, who had her superior sit in the
back and judge her testing me.

My fiance yesterday told me that when parking at a curb you always turn your
wheel to the curb, and working this out in my head plotting the movement of cars
rolling up and down hills I came to the conclusion that it made sense. WRONG.
You’re supposed to turn the wheel AWAY from the curb when parking uphill. I
couldn’t see the logic in this because if you don’t park real close to the curb,
your car will swing right into traffic. So I got that one wrong.

She said I never checked my blindspot when changing lanes of traffic (I did but
I only like to turn my head a little so my shoulders don’t move, I’ve found it
makes me swing my steering wheel just a little and I don’t like that). I guess
next time I will have to turn all around in my seat so they can see me checking
it. :stuck_out_tongue: :stuck_out_tongue: :stuck_out_tongue:

She told me I didn’t stop behind the white line at stop signs (I swear I did, I
just always creep up past it afterwards to check lanes of traffic on either
side, because otherwise you cannot under any circumstances see them, with the
white line so far back). She told me that when backing around a corner I didn’t
stop (my bad) and check for pedestrians - that was a nervous mistake because I
didn’t quite equate “as if you’re backing out of your driveway” with the
situation of backing around a corner on a street.

I failed abysmally at parallel parking, as I bumped the curb backing into the
spot, and forgot to signal going into it (they have a 4-post setup on the side
of their parking lot they make you park into) - but the girl told me to parallel
park after I’d mostly driven past the posts so it was a sudden and abrupt kind
of situation, so nervously yes I forgot to signal.

Now I understand marking me down for bumping the curb but, I cannot in any
logical or rational way understand why bumping into the curb hurts anything
whatsoever, under any condition.

Of course, I lost it and bawled into my fiance’s chest after this fiasco, and
made another appointment for next week. Sigh.

On the way home it was horrible, as I saw people at every opportunity
driving worse than me on a bad day, and very much worse than me at my
driving test. Sigh.


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Re: I failed my driving test

In Maryland you can hit the curb lightly without any penalty (I did)

Shena Delian O’Brien <shena@darklock.com> wrote in message
news:3ACA8354.B5F0E9E3@darklock.com
> !!!
>
> Okay so I’ve been driving for the last several years with permit after permit
> (never alone obviously), because I’ve been too nervous to take the exam. With
> good reason I guess, after today!
>
> I went in at 9 am to take my test and had to shuffle around for a couple
of
> hours trying to get a fax to come in from Geico, because our new car
doesn’t
> have new insurance cards yet. Only the cover sheet would come in at the
> department of licensing’s fax, because their machine was sooooo old. We
had
> to run downtown to a mail and copy center to get the fax.
>
> Then we came back and I was tested by a TRAINEE, who had her superior sit
in
> the back and judge her testing me.
>
> My fiance yesterday told me that when parking at a curb you always turn
your
> wheel to the curb, and working this out in my head plotting the movement
of
> cars rolling up and down hills I came to the conclusion that it made
sense.
> WRONG. You’re supposed to turn the wheel AWAY from the curb when parking
> uphill. I couldn’t see the logic in this because if you don’t park real close
> to the curb, your car will swing right into traffic. So I got that
one
> wrong.
>
> She said I never checked my blindspot when changing lanes of traffic (I
did
> but I only like to turn my head a little so my shoulders don’t move, I’ve
> found it makes me swing my steering wheel just a little and I don’t like
> that). I guess next time I will have to turn all around in my seat so they can
> see me checking it. :stuck_out_tongue: :stuck_out_tongue: :stuck_out_tongue:
>
> She told me I didn’t stop behind the white line at stop signs (I swear I did,
> I just always creep up past it afterwards to check lanes of traffic
on
> either side, because otherwise you cannot under any circumstances see
them,
> with the white line so far back). She told me that when backing around a
> corner I didn’t stop (my bad) and check for pedestrians - that was a
nervous
> mistake because I didn’t quite equate "as if you’re backing out of your
> driveway" with the situation of backing around a corner on a street.
>
> I failed abysmally at parallel parking, as I bumped the curb backing into the
> spot, and forgot to signal going into it (they have a 4-post setup on the side
> of their parking lot they make you park into) - but the girl told me to
> parallel park after I’d mostly driven past the posts so it was a sudden and
> abrupt kind of situation, so nervously yes I forgot to signal.
>
> Now I understand marking me down for bumping the curb but, I cannot in any
> logical or rational way understand why bumping into the curb hurts
anything
> whatsoever, under any condition.
>
> Of course, I lost it and bawled into my fiance’s chest after this fiasco, and
> made another appointment for next week. Sigh.
>
> On the way home it was horrible, as I saw people at every opportunity
> driving worse than me on a bad day, and very much worse than me at my
> driving test. Sigh.
>
> –
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Re: I failed my driving test

The key is: don’t drive like a real person – that’s how you pass. :slight_smile:

Shena Delian O’Brien wrote:
>
> !!!
>
> Okay so I’ve been driving for the last several years with permit after permit
> (never alone obviously), because I’ve been too nervous to take the exam. With
> good reason I guess, after today!
>
> I went in at 9 am to take my test and had to shuffle around for a couple of
> hours trying to get a fax to come in from Geico, because our new car doesn’t
> have new insurance cards yet. Only the cover sheet would come in at the
> department of licensing’s fax, because their machine was sooooo old. We had to
> run downtown to a mail and copy center to get the fax.
>
> Then we came back and I was tested by a TRAINEE, who had her superior sit in
> the back and judge her testing me.
>
> My fiance yesterday told me that when parking at a curb you always turn your
> wheel to the curb, and working this out in my head plotting the movement of
> cars rolling up and down hills I came to the conclusion that it made sense.
> WRONG. You’re supposed to turn the wheel AWAY from the curb when parking
> uphill. I couldn’t see the logic in this because if you don’t park real close
> to the curb, your car will swing right into traffic. So I got that one wrong.
>
> She said I never checked my blindspot when changing lanes of traffic (I did
> but I only like to turn my head a little so my shoulders don’t move, I’ve
> found it makes me swing my steering wheel just a little and I don’t like
> that). I guess next time I will have to turn all around in my seat so they can
> see me checking it. :stuck_out_tongue: :stuck_out_tongue: :stuck_out_tongue:
>
> She told me I didn’t stop behind the white line at stop signs (I swear I did,
> I just always creep up past it afterwards to check lanes of traffic on either
> side, because otherwise you cannot under any circumstances see them, with the
> white line so far back). She told me that when backing around a corner I
> didn’t stop (my bad) and check for pedestrians - that was a nervous mistake
> because I didn’t quite equate “as if you’re backing out of your driveway” with
> the situation of backing around a corner on a street.
>
> I failed abysmally at parallel parking, as I bumped the curb backing into the
> spot, and forgot to signal going into it (they have a 4-post setup on the side
> of their parking lot they make you park into) - but the girl told me to
> parallel park after I’d mostly driven past the posts so it was a sudden and
> abrupt kind of situation, so nervously yes I forgot to signal.
>
> Now I understand marking me down for bumping the curb but, I cannot in any
> logical or rational way understand why bumping into the curb hurts anything
> whatsoever, under any condition.
>
> Of course, I lost it and bawled into my fiance’s chest after this fiasco, and
> made another appointment for next week. Sigh.
>
> On the way home it was horrible, as I saw people at every opportunity
> driving worse than me on a bad day, and very much worse than me at my
> driving test. Sigh.
>
> –
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>
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Re: I failed my driving test

True.

Jay Tierney <jay@jaytierney.com> wrote in message
news:3ACA8FF5.A1E9F25B@jaytierney.com
> The key is: don’t drive like a real person – that’s how you pass.
>
> Shena Delian O’Brien wrote:
> >
> > !!!
> >
> > Okay so I’ve been driving for the last several years with permit after
> > permit (never alone obviously), because I’ve been too nervous to take
the
> > exam. With good reason I guess, after today!
> >
> > I went in at 9 am to take my test and had to shuffle around for a couple
of
> > hours trying to get a fax to come in from Geico, because our new car
doesn’t
> > have new insurance cards yet. Only the cover sheet would come in at the
> > department of licensing’s fax, because their machine was sooooo old. We
had
> > to run downtown to a mail and copy center to get the fax.
> >
> > Then we came back and I was tested by a TRAINEE, who had her superior
sit in
> > the back and judge her testing me.
> >
> > My fiance yesterday told me that when parking at a curb you always turn
your
> > wheel to the curb, and working this out in my head plotting the movement
of
> > cars rolling up and down hills I came to the conclusion that it made
sense.
> > WRONG. You’re supposed to turn the wheel AWAY from the curb when parking
> > uphill. I couldn’t see the logic in this because if you don’t park real
> > close to the curb, your car will swing right into traffic. So I got that
one
> > wrong.
> >
> > She said I never checked my blindspot when changing lanes of traffic (I
did
> > but I only like to turn my head a little so my shoulders don’t move,
I’ve
> > found it makes me swing my steering wheel just a little and I don’t like
> > that). I guess next time I will have to turn all around in my seat so
they
> > can see me checking it. :stuck_out_tongue: :stuck_out_tongue: :stuck_out_tongue:
> >
> > She told me I didn’t stop behind the white line at stop signs (I swear I
> > did, I just always creep up past it afterwards to check lanes of traffic
on
> > either side, because otherwise you cannot under any circumstances see
them,
> > with the white line so far back). She told me that when backing around a
> > corner I didn’t stop (my bad) and check for pedestrians - that was a
nervous
> > mistake because I didn’t quite equate "as if you’re backing out of your
> > driveway" with the situation of backing around a corner on a street.
> >
> > I failed abysmally at parallel parking, as I bumped the curb backing
into
> > the spot, and forgot to signal going into it (they have a 4-post setup
on
> > the side of their parking lot they make you park into) - but the girl
told
> > me to parallel park after I’d mostly driven past the posts so it was a
> > sudden and abrupt kind of situation, so nervously yes I forgot to
signal.
> >
> > Now I understand marking me down for bumping the curb but, I cannot in
any
> > logical or rational way understand why bumping into the curb hurts
anything
> > whatsoever, under any condition.
> >
> > Of course, I lost it and bawled into my fiance’s chest after this
fiasco,
> > and made another appointment for next week. Sigh.
> >
> > On the way home it was horrible, as I saw people at every opportunity
> > driving worse than me on a bad day, and very much worse than me at my
> > driving test. Sigh.
> >
> > –
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> >
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> > http://www.darklock.com/abstract/ Fantasy Age *
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>
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Re: I failed my driving test

Gerard Nagle wrote:
>
> In Maryland you can hit the curb lightly without any penalty (I did)

I guess you can’t in washington :wink:

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Re: I failed my driving test

Shena Delian O’Brien wrote in message <3ACA8354.B5F0E9E3@darklock.com>…
>!!!
>

As I recall, parallel parking is not on the exam in New York City. =)

The DMV fucked up my license when I took the exam: In New York when you get a
permit it has: “Learners Permit” in huge green letters across the top of the
card and under “Class” it lists “DJ” – Junior Class Driver. On my license it
still has “Learners Permit” in green letters, but the Class is correctly
listed as “D.”

Just in case I get pulled over I still have the 2 year old paper that says I
passed. =) When I turn 21 I’ll get a new one (That says “OVER 21” on it).
Hopefully they won’t fuck it up then. :wink:


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Re: I failed my driving test

“Shena Delian O’Brien” <shena@darklock.com> wrote in message
news:3ACA8354.B5F0E9E3@darklock.com

When I remeber right, I failed my first driving test for taking a curve with
10km/h in the second gear, where I would have go with my bycicle 30 km/h.

The tester expected to go there 5.

The teacher in the driving school let me drive before like a normal car driver,
not like a driving school pupil, because I had so much experience with bicycles.


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Re: I failed my driving test

On Tue, 03 Apr 2001 19:13:40 -0700 Shena Delian O’Brien said…

> !!!
>
> Okay so I’ve been driving for the last several years with permit after permit
> (never alone obviously), because I’ve been too nervous to take the exam. With
> good reason I guess, after today!

I failed my first one too :slight_smile:

I argued the holding the steering wheel at 10 and 2 was not the correct way. (9
and 3 is correct).

And to take the test I used my sisters POS car. I went over the white lines at
traffic stops because her brakes just plain sucked!

You will get it next time :slight_smile:


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Re: I failed my driving test

John R. Marshall wrote in message …
>On Tue, 03 Apr 2001 19:13:40 -0700 Shena Delian O’Brien said…
>
>I argued the holding the steering wheel at 10 and 2 was not the correct way. (9
>and 3 is correct).

I drive with my right hand at “2 o’clock” and my right hand holding the “spoke”
of the steering wheel. :slight_smile:


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Re: I failed my driving test

Sean wrote:
>
> I drive with my right hand at “2 o’clock” and my right hand holding the
> “spoke” of the steering wheel.

Normally I drive with my fingers lightly touching the bottom of the steering
wheel, while my arms are at rest, which I guess puts my hands at… about 8 and
4 or thereabouts. :wink: But, I drove with them in the right position during this
test… no problem with THAT anyway. :stuck_out_tongue:


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Re: I failed my driving test

Sean wrote:
>
> I drive with my RIGHT hand at “2 o’clock” and my RIGHT hand holding the
> “spoke” of the steering wheel.

So if you put BOTH your RIGHT hands on the wheel, where’s your LEFT hand? :wink:

LOL!

-Mike K.

Re: I failed my driving test

LOL! :slight_smile:

Mike King wrote:
>
> Sean wrote:
> >
> > I drive with my RIGHT hand at “2 o’clock” and my RIGHT hand holding the
> > “spoke” of the steering wheel.
>
> So if you put BOTH your RIGHT hands on the wheel, where’s your LEFT hand?


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Re: I failed my driving test

I failed my first time on a technicality of sorts. I would ahve gotten a 96 out
of 100 but I took it in our explorer(first mistake) and when I was backing out
of an alley onto a street I crossed the center line by 6 in. the guy was a prick
and explained thats enough to fail me. Upon research I discovered it’s almost
discretionary, but that any amount over the center line and your out. That
sucked. The Explorer just doesn’t have the radius for the narrow alley/roads
that I was pulling out of and onto. Oh well.


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<shena@darklock.com> wrote in message news:3ACA94DA.100425FF@darklock.com
> Gerard Nagle wrote:
> >
> > In Maryland you can hit the curb lightly without any penalty (I did)
>
> I guess you can’t in washington
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Re: I failed my driving test

I failed my first driving test also…

I was merging into traffic and you know how you go slow waiting for an opening,
well, I was going slow…creeping along and the instructor told me I had to come
to a complete stop and then merge. She said that was an automatic fail for
failure to yield. I said, you suck. She said, screw you. We got in a big fight
and she called my parents, but we got it all worked out with a quick bribe to
the surgeon general (most of that was true…I just got carried away)


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“Shena Delian O’Brien” <shena@darklock.com> wrote in message
news:3ACA8354.B5F0E9E3@darklock.com
> !!!
>
> Okay so I’ve been driving for the last several years with permit after permit
> (never alone obviously), because I’ve been too nervous to take the exam. With
> good reason I guess, after today!
>
> I went in at 9 am to take my test and had to shuffle around for a couple
of
> hours trying to get a fax to come in from Geico, because our new car
doesn’t
> have new insurance cards yet. Only the cover sheet would come in at the
> department of licensing’s fax, because their machine was sooooo old. We
had
> to run downtown to a mail and copy center to get the fax.
>
> Then we came back and I was tested by a TRAINEE, who had her superior sit
in
> the back and judge her testing me.
>
> My fiance yesterday told me that when parking at a curb you always turn
your
> wheel to the curb, and working this out in my head plotting the movement
of
> cars rolling up and down hills I came to the conclusion that it made
sense.
> WRONG. You’re supposed to turn the wheel AWAY from the curb when parking
> uphill. I couldn’t see the logic in this because if you don’t park real close
> to the curb, your car will swing right into traffic. So I got that
one
> wrong.
>
> She said I never checked my blindspot when changing lanes of traffic (I
did
> but I only like to turn my head a little so my shoulders don’t move, I’ve
> found it makes me swing my steering wheel just a little and I don’t like
> that). I guess next time I will have to turn all around in my seat so they can
> see me checking it. :stuck_out_tongue: :stuck_out_tongue: :stuck_out_tongue:
>
> She told me I didn’t stop behind the white line at stop signs (I swear I did,
> I just always creep up past it afterwards to check lanes of traffic
on
> either side, because otherwise you cannot under any circumstances see
them,
> with the white line so far back). She told me that when backing around a
> corner I didn’t stop (my bad) and check for pedestrians - that was a
nervous
> mistake because I didn’t quite equate "as if you’re backing out of your
> driveway" with the situation of backing around a corner on a street.
>
> I failed abysmally at parallel parking, as I bumped the curb backing into the
> spot, and forgot to signal going into it (they have a 4-post setup on the side
> of their parking lot they make you park into) - but the girl told me to
> parallel park after I’d mostly driven past the posts so it was a sudden and
> abrupt kind of situation, so nervously yes I forgot to signal.
>
> Now I understand marking me down for bumping the curb but, I cannot in any
> logical or rational way understand why bumping into the curb hurts
anything
> whatsoever, under any condition.
>
> Of course, I lost it and bawled into my fiance’s chest after this fiasco, and
> made another appointment for next week. Sigh.
>
> On the way home it was horrible, as I saw people at every opportunity
> driving worse than me on a bad day, and very much worse than me at my
> driving test. Sigh.
>
> –
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>
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