That's what she said !

UK driving test no longer requires 3-point turn

But you will need to be able to use a SatNav:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42220342
Permalink BeebBot 
December 4th, 2017 4:20am
> The independent driving part of the test will increase from 10 minutes to 20

WTF.

A driving test in NL takes 55 minutes, wit about 40 minutes driving. And it includes both parallel parking and turning around, and city centre driving in between lots of bicycles plus maximum speed at the highway.

They already use satnav here for years, it is better than following last minute directions from the instructors, because you can concentrate on the route at the moments you chose yourself.
Permalink Lotti Fuehrscheim 
December 4th, 2017 4:41am
With GM announcing autonomous vehicles coming in 2019, the whole thing is completely irrelevant and obsolete.
Permalink Go Musk 
December 4th, 2017 4:53am
With 3.5 million truckers in the US, robot driving is a massive change, on a par with the transition from horses to cars.
Permalink Zaq 
December 4th, 2017 4:57am
Among kids born today, learning to drive will be a specialist skill that most never learn - like horse-riding or flying a plane.
Permalink MobyDobie 
December 4th, 2017 5:11am
I lived for a few years in a state that had random retesting of drivers over 45. I think it might have been the only state with this program, but I'm not sure.

Normally when you move to another state you just show your old license and get a new one, plus take the written test. But I got selected to retake the driving test! Wasn't expecting that.

It was a cold day and the car I brought had busted heating.

The driving test took about 3 minutes of driving. Round the block and back. Didn't go on the highway or try to park! I think the instructor was probably engaging in civil disobedience over the ridiculousness of the program.
Permalink Reality Check 
December 4th, 2017 7:31am
"a specialist skill that most never learn - like horse-riding or flying a plane"

It seems like lot of people born 1890-1910 got a pilots license during the brief barnstormer era. Drivers licenses were brand new and then along came planes and people said oh I should get a license for planes too since cars will soon be obsolete.
Permalink Reality Check 
December 4th, 2017 7:36am
I knew a guy who always went on holiday to Malta.

Once he forgot to take his UK driving license with him.

So he just took the Maltese driving test!

(Which at the time was just driving around the police station car park).
Permalink Zaq 
December 4th, 2017 7:43am
We could do with retesting here, I just watched somebody who could barely walk across the road get in their car and dive off. I doubt they could apply enough pressure to activate the brakes fully.
Permalink libtard_uk 
December 5th, 2017 2:14am
>I just watched somebody who could barely walk across the road get in their car and dive off. I doubt they could apply enough pressure to activate the brakes fully

...It is possible they had hand controls fitted

But yes, more regular tests - particularly EYE tests, maybe every 10 years would probably be a good idea.
Permalink Zaq 
December 5th, 2017 3:40am
In NL people over 75 have to do a test every five years.
Permalink Lotti Fuehrscheim 
December 5th, 2017 5:15am
In the UK, 70+ need to renew every 3 years, but there is no test involved, I'm guessing this is intended to encourage people to review their situation and medical condition etc.
Permalink Zaq 
December 5th, 2017 5:24am
This year the start was raised from 70 to 75.

At 70 most people are still healthy today.

Degeneration usually starts in the 80's.

The test here is first a medical checkup and only when there is doubt a driving test is needed.

My 93 year old ant passed that test last year after she had had a stroke that left her with partial paralysis in some limbs, but her body managed to compensate that.

The driving test did take into consideration that she would avoid busy traffic, so now she can still go out to do her shopping independently.
Permalink Lotti Fuehrscheim 
December 5th, 2017 6:49am
My mother in laws neighbours were involved in a crash the other day, they are both eighty and one of the other cars had an eighty five year old driver who admitted it was his fault:

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/15625706.__39_Remarkable__39__escape_for_motorists_after_three_vehicle_crash/

Luckily no fatalities but we have known about the neighbours poor driving for years now, it's quite possible a healthy person could have avoided it.

Having said that they live in the middle of nowhere with little public transport, without a car their life is severely compromised.
Permalink libtard_uk 
December 5th, 2017 7:25am

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