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By Dr Thrustgood (Wed May 02, 2007 at 02:18:05 AM EST) (all tags)
Finally! Four driving tests later and we have a pass!

I think I may have a little drink.



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Congratulations by anonimouse (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed May 02, 2007 at 02:39:33 AM EST
As long as you're not driving back from the pub :-)

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
AM ! Where have you been ? by Phage (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed May 02, 2007 at 03:26:45 AM EST


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Waiting for a Dr T diary by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #8 Wed May 02, 2007 at 03:47:08 AM EST
Well, that's a possibility.

Solihull's another option.

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Solihull was so last year by anonimouse (2.00 / 0) #10 Wed May 02, 2007 at 03:56:45 AM EST
Today it's Milton Keynes.

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
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Lucky lucky you. by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #11 Wed May 02, 2007 at 04:01:30 AM EST


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Haha. by yicky yacky (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed May 02, 2007 at 02:46:43 AM EST

Nice one, Thrusty. Congrats.

Of course; now you've got to learn how to drive in the manner of the rest of the country. London-style just isn't the done thing everywhere else. ;)


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I don't know about that... by dmg (2.00 / 0) #26 Wed May 02, 2007 at 11:18:48 AM EST
London-style just isn't the done thing everywhere else.

I find I make very rapid progress...
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Heh by Dr Thrustgood (2.00 / 0) #29 Sat May 05, 2007 at 07:35:07 AM EST
Sad fact: five months of learning to drive, and I haven't once gone above 50mph. West London stylee at its very best.



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Good job man by komet (2.00 / 0) #3 Wed May 02, 2007 at 02:48:51 AM EST
I'll get you a drink next time I'm in London.



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Hurrah! by Dr Thrustgood (2.00 / 0) #30 Sat May 05, 2007 at 07:36:04 AM EST
Sadly, I'm only allowed 6 penalty points in my first two years. Thereafter, I'm allowed twelve. I'm sure Herring will know, but I think drink driving well "only" gets you 9 points.

Hrm.



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Mental note by Phage (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed May 02, 2007 at 03:28:10 AM EST
To <madmax>stay off the roads</madmax>

Gah! by Dr Thrustgood (2.00 / 0) #31 Sat May 05, 2007 at 07:36:30 AM EST
The cyclist lived, didn't he?



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all the best drivers pass on their 4th attempt by TPD (2.00 / 0) #6 Wed May 02, 2007 at 03:30:45 AM EST
that's what I heard anyhow ;). Congratulations!

Hopefully we'll see another thrusty drunk diary classic later then?

why sit, when you can sit and swivel with The Ab-SwivellerTM

I'm still hungover (n/t) by Dr Thrustgood (2.00 / 0) #35 Sat May 05, 2007 at 07:59:13 AM EST



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Ha-ha by priestess (2.00 / 0) #7 Wed May 02, 2007 at 03:45:35 AM EST
I passed on attempt three. I'm better than you.

Though I have to ask why you bothered. I haven't drivn in five years. Driving sucks, if only becasue of how sober you have to be all the while.

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I'm even better than that by Herring (4.00 / 1) #12 Wed May 02, 2007 at 04:04:06 AM EST
I passed on attempt 2 and on attempt 3 - which was an extended test. So I must be a really sensible driver.

christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky
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I passed on my second attempt by Cloaked User (2.00 / 0) #28 Thu May 03, 2007 at 06:41:29 AM EST
And haven't driven since. Couldn't afford a car as a college student, then moved to London and haven't really needed one. I'd be absolutely lethal if I drove now...


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Bully for moo :p by Dr Thrustgood (2.00 / 0) #32 Sat May 05, 2007 at 07:37:39 AM EST
I thoroughly enjoy driving. Combine that with now actually having to get out of the office and into all sorts of remote fun places, and it kinda sorta makes sense.

Note to self: can I write off driving lesson costs?



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Congrats!! by me0w (2.00 / 0) #9 Wed May 02, 2007 at 03:52:09 AM EST

"the only reason we PMS is because our uterus is screaming at our brain to go out, get fucked, and have a baby ... and it makes us angry."
ya know by Merekat (2.00 / 0) #13 Wed May 02, 2007 at 04:07:11 AM EST
I really should be bothered to sit behind the wheel of a car at some point in my life.

this is all by garlic (2.00 / 0) #14 Wed May 02, 2007 at 04:22:18 AM EST
surprising and confusing to Americans. We let teenagers drive, and they only rarely fail the tests we give them.


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And it's reflected in the accident statistics [n/t by Herring (2.00 / 0) #15 Wed May 02, 2007 at 04:38:03 AM EST


christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky
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Is it? by garlic (2.00 / 0) #16 Wed May 02, 2007 at 04:42:09 AM EST
Are the Irish and British less accident prone than the Americans? I'd be interrested in reading about that.


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Look up road fatalities/population by Herring (2.00 / 0) #17 Wed May 02, 2007 at 04:53:01 AM EST
I can't be bothered.

christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky
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also by Merekat (2.00 / 0) #18 Wed May 02, 2007 at 05:07:18 AM EST
Please note that until pretty recently, it was perfectly legal under a subsequent provisional license to continue to drive unaccompanied having failed ones test.

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No, by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #19 Wed May 02, 2007 at 05:10:29 AM EST
just the British.

The causes seem to be multiple, but due about as much to the quality and type of roads as to safer driving. Nearly all intercity traffic is on grade separated dual carriageways, and much single carriageway traffic is too short on sightlines for overtaking. Also, distances for ambulances to travel are shorter.

But cars are in good condition, speed limits are well enforced, drink driving is exceedingly frowned upon, and people do get embarassed if you say they drive badly. Which all adds up to a death rate lower than everywhere except Sweden.

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Isn't it mainly down to the fact by komet (4.00 / 1) #23 Wed May 02, 2007 at 07:22:03 AM EST
that you can't die in a road crash when everyone's crawling along at 2 mph?

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here you go by TPD (2.00 / 0) #20 Wed May 02, 2007 at 05:15:12 AM EST
thanks. by garlic (2.00 / 0) #21 Wed May 02, 2007 at 05:41:53 AM EST


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The site is crap. by ks1178 (2.00 / 0) #22 Wed May 02, 2007 at 06:24:00 AM EST
The first stat they use, compares the total number of deaths in 1966 vs. the total number of deaths in 2004.

Not taking number of cars on the road at all. (i.e. if 1 million people drove in 1966 versus if 10 million people drove in 2004)

Then when they compare the US deaths to UK deaths they do a per capita comparison.

I'm pretty sure that a much larger percentage of Americans drive than Brits. In addition each of those Americans probably spend much more time behind the wheel per year on average.

Not a comparison of the number of actual drivers in the UK vs the number of drivers in the US that have died.

Now that's not to say its safer to drive in the US than the UK. I don't know. But the stats on that site are complete crap.

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Plus you've forgotten the most important factor by TPD (4.00 / 2) #25 Wed May 02, 2007 at 07:37:14 AM EST
if we want to bump someone off in a convenient 'accident', we ship them over to France first so as not to ruin our figures.

why sit, when you can sit and swivel with The Ab-SwivellerTM
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Does that include by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #27 Wed May 02, 2007 at 11:49:28 AM EST
sniper fire?
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Meh by Dr Thrustgood (2.00 / 0) #34 Sat May 05, 2007 at 07:58:04 AM EST
To be frank, the driving test is pretty cunty. If the examiner doesn't think you're up to standard, he can take any normally minor error (e.g. scuffing the curb on a three-point-turn) and escalate it to a test failure.

Aside from the general minor marks (not using mirrors enough or undue hesitation) the general rule for failure is if you unnecessarily cause another vehicle to speed up, brake or otherwise move to accommodate you, you fail. Oh, and three or more minors for the same thing (e.g. gear changes) and you fail. Oh, and more than fifteen minors and you fail. Much fun.

So nerrrr, not easy :)



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Do it! by Dr Thrustgood (2.00 / 0) #33 Sat May 05, 2007 at 07:38:09 AM EST
It's murderously good fun!



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Congrats, off to price a Rolls Royce or Jaguar by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #24 Wed May 02, 2007 at 07:29:38 AM EST



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