• Troy Posted: 5/29/2011 8:23am PDT

    I believe it! I was going through some drivers test questions with my neice (scary!) and I guessed a handful of them wrong. Probably enough to fail. Funny! It's a good think I'm an excellent driver.

  • Kurt Posted: 5/29/2011 1:12pm PDT

    @Troy, we'd all miss a few questions, especially those of us who've lived in multiple states. Still, it never ceases to amaze me how many drivers can't grasp the most elemental rule of highway traffic flow: keep right, pass left.

  • B-Man Posted: 5/29/2011 4:30pm PDT

    I moved here to Idaho in Jan.'11 and to get an Idaho driver's license after moving here you have to take their written test first. There were around 40 questions and I missed two or three. Passed, yes, but found it a little odd that Idaho even tested us. Not that odd-but a little odd. Anyhoo, happy with how I did on it, anyway.

  • Bengie Posted: 5/29/2011 7:38pm PDT

    "Men struggled to identify the correct action when approaching a stopped school bus with flashing lights on the opposite side of a divided highway (stop and wait for the lights to go out before proceeding)."
    Traffic Law:
    "Oncoming traffic must stop when on a divided highway with *no* center barrier"
    Around here, the definition of a "divided" highway is one that has a median, otherwise it's just a highway.
    Unless the test specifically said there's was no barrier, then the men were correct.
    My mom drove school bus for 15 years and she says the same thing.
    Sounds like the test got it wrong.

  • Kurt Posted: 5/30/2011 5:47am PDT

    @isabella, I like where you're going with that. We can't force people to drive a manual, but I'm all for mandatory retesting every 10 years.
    As for the "same size car", I'd put something in the test that required drivers to know the width of their vehicle, like a 60 - 0 braking exercise with cones just one foot wider than their car. I'm amazed how many drivers don't have the slightest idea how wide their vehicle is.

  • Tom Posted: 5/31/2011 1:56pm PDT

    Here's an idea. If you get a ticket and haven't committed an infraction in the last 3-6 years you can get the fine waived and points erased (within reason) if you go pass the drivers exam.

  • Kurt Posted: 6/1/2011 4:51am PDT

    @Tom, I think that's a good idea, but a lot of municpialities wouldn't agree. Traffic violations are, after all, a source of revenue.

  • Tom Posted: 6/1/2011 5:37am PDT

    Good point Kurt. That may be part of the problem. Could they resist educating the public because that would hurt their revenue?

  • Kurt Posted: 6/1/2011 6:25am PDT

    @Tom, call me a cynic, but the correct answer is always "follow the money."