DMV Practical Test
Trip Start Apr 16, 2009
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I sat down waiting for my name to be called and it was probably the most nervous I had been about driving since I passed my UK test 10 years ago.
It's never bothered me having people in my car back home regardless of if I them or not. But this was a test and it was a little nerve racking.
A small troll like woman called my name and took me outside. Directed me to get my car and park it beside some cones facing West. After asking which was West was... haha. I got the car and parked it up.
She then gave me directions that I was to parallel park from that position into some cones beside me. I was allowed 2 motions, e.g. reverse once and go forward once. Anymore and I fail. Also, I had to be on a yellow line that was painted near the curb. If I was off the yellow line or went up the curb, I'd instantly fail.
Making sure the troll wasn't standing behind the car, I reversed in once and was on the line so got out and that was that. The best thing about automatic cars is that when your in gear, the car will go unless u have your foot on the brake. Kinda cheating as you don't have to think about the biting point. Just don't touch any pedals and it reverses or goes forward slowly. Piece of piss really. But helps if your good at parking in the first place :D
She walked over to the middle of the car park and instructed me to pick her up. Avoiding the temptation and running her over for looking weird, I parked next to her and she got in.
It was 39 degrees that day and I had the air con turned off and all windows wound up. The air cons quite loud and I wanted to make sure I could hear her directions.
We left the DMV and went for a ride around the city. Someone had previously told me it was basically a circle around the DMV. Was it bollocks!
Driving around America is a lot different to the UK. I haven't seen a roundabout since I got here but I do know they have some somewhere. You have to actually STOP at stop signs as it's illegal not too, even if there's no other traffic. And the roads everywhere are like 3-6 wide. Makes it rather confusing to begin with but you get used to it.
I had practiced with some Interstate and Highway driving. And drove from Kingman to Chandler, AZ when we came back to Vegas so was pretty much use to sitting on the wrong side of the car etc.
We eventually got back to the DMV and she said I had passed. There was 1 thing wrong which I knew about anyways and my only point deduction came because she said take the next street left and I drove past it cos it looked like a cul de sac entrance. That's the problem here, every damn road looks the same! Street signs are different and roads lazily marked so most the time you ain't got a scooby where you are!
We got out the car, both sweating our tits off cos of the no air con. I posed for my picture, waited 5-10 mins and walked out with my Arizona license which is valid in all 50 states and doesn't expire until 2047 :D
Now for a car!!!