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Old 02-12-2013, 12:24 PM
Location: Kalamalka Lake, B.C.
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I'll take the test, flawed as it may be, but the physical act of driving and ability to respond to others sets good drivers apart. It seems everyone brings their driving habits with them from somewhere else! Hint: courtesy not included.

What amazes me is that some provinces in Canada, until quite recently, didn't require a road test for Class 1 (tractor/trailer) drivers, and that license allows you to drive anywhere in N.America. Class A? in other jurisdictions.
Do some states still allow that?

I used to see a lot oflarge truck drivers and during the 2010 Olympic build we had to send away one out of a dozen who couldn't back up their own dumptruck! We were getting a truck to dump every minute so we couldn't have the spillover onto secondary arteries affecting the public.

I've taken the Air Brake exam for Class 3 dumptruck and in English it's not easy. There are no freebie questions.
How these guys passed completely escapes me. Yes, we've broken a few truck license rings but with such a small population and it not being "contracted out" like other provinces and states I don't see how they can circumvent the test.

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Old 02-12-2013, 12:27 PM
Location: Planet Eaarth
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Originally Posted by John1960 View Post
Is it just your imagination, or do many of your fellow motorists lack even a rudimentary grasp of traffic laws?

Well, if a test administered by GMAC Insurance is any indication, one in six people cruising our highways and byways -- roughly 36 million licensed drivers -- would flunk their driver's test if they had to take it today. Not only that, but based on the 2007 GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test data the state with the most road-going dummies is New York, while the most knowledgeable ones are out West to Idaho.

36 million drivers would flunk drivers tests - CNN.com
This is not news at all. Someone finally said something is all.

If people had to do a 100% retest to get a renewal to drive most would fail first time around.

This is a "follow the money" story to keep all those dependent on cars et.al. for a living.
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:30 PM
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Because most "accidents" come from human error this is no surprise. Evidently our society needs bad (dangerous) drivers . Our medical , legal, insurance. and police depend on it for a job...When you have a bad accident you may suffer but others make a living off of it.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:01 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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To pass the drivers test, you need to know how many feet it takes your car to stop at 30 mph, and even the drivers license examiner cannot estimate with any accuracy how far that distance is. The tests are cluttered with useless knowledge, that has no relation to ones ability to drive a car safely, and things like emotional stability and quick thinking are not tested for. I think it would be fun, when the manual says 160-foot stopping distance, to challenge the examiner to come outside and point to an object 160 feet away, see how well they can pass that test.

I bet if the test were given to one group who has been accident free for 30 years and another group whose license has been suspended for violations and infractions and even drunk driving or vehicular manslaughter, the average test scores would be the same for both groups. It's just another manifestation of our civilization's make-work flow-chart mentality in which no human being has the power or the authority to exercise common sense.
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