Friday, May 01, 2009

I have to take a driving test....at this stage in the game?

Say what?? Did I just write that? You bet! 

We have been in England for just about a year. Can you believe they require us to take a written test and a road test within the first year you are here? Of course you wait it out until you absolutely have to take it and then just do it because they said so. 

It wasn't long ago that expats didn't have to go through the whole ordeal because they will eventually repatriate to their home country anyway. But I guess the rule changed and my hubby and I have the distinct pleasure of getting our English driving license. 

A few weeks ago, I'm not kidding, Shawn and I were studying for hours on end just to pass the written test. I mean, it felt like we were in college again studying long hours to pass a final. The good news is, we both passed it. 

This situation gets even better. We now have to take driving lessons for hours on end. The guy that works with Kellogg to help expats like us to get our license is proposing that we take 5 to 6 hours of lessons to get us up to speed in order to the pass the road test. That's 5 to 6 hours each, separately! From what I often hear, you don't pass it the first time either. 

Just to reiterate what I said in the first place was that we have been here for almost a year! We certainly haven't been taking taxis, buses, and trains to get to places. We've been driving!  I'm a little perturbed by this situation. My husband feels the same way as I do. Wouldn't you be?

I thought I'd share a plethora of nifty signs we had to study. 

NO THROUGH TRAFFIC. NONE REFLECTIVE TRAFFIC SIGN C/W 10mm RADIUS CORNERS AND 2 ROWS OF CHANNEL TO FIT TO POST. REF: P203
This means there is a t- junction coming up - I'm sure you figured that out.
MIGRATORY TOAD CROSSING AHEAD CLASS 2 REFLECTIVE C/W 2 ROWS OF CHANNEL TO FIT TO POST. REF: T551.1
How do you like this one? I've never witnessed it personally. 
FRAIL OR DISABLED PEDESTRIANS LIKELY TO CROSS ROAD AHEAD CLASS 2 REFLECTIVE C/W 2 ROWS OF CHANNEL TO FIT TO POST. REF: T544.2
This one is "Frail or elderly crossing".

TRAM IN CIRCLE. CLASS 2 REFLECTIVE. REF: P0953_1A
Trams only.

SPEED CAMERA REMINDER. CLASS 2 REFLECTIVE. REF: 879
This sign warns you of a speed camera ahead. It once saw us doing 36 in a 30 and we had to pay £60. It sent a picture of our car, too. Argh!

TUNNEL AHEAD REF: T529.1
Tunnel ahead

KILL YOUR SPEED. NONE REFLECTIVE TRAFFIC SIGN  REF: P202
I've never seen this one either. It cracks me up, though.

GIVE WAY SIGNS. REFLECTIVE T602
This is the British version of "Yield".
NO ENTRY  REFLECTIVE  REF: T616
No Thru traffic.

Here are a few that I took from inside the car. 


I thought I'd throw this in the mix because I love what it says. There is actually a bus in London that says the opposite. It says, "There probably isn't a God. Don't worry and enjoy life."



I'll keep you posted on how the road test goes in June. I still can't believe we have to do that!

5 comments:

He And Me + 3 said...

I totally freeze up on tests...that is just crazy. Good luck sister.

Pam said...

oh my!!! i don't remember what it was like to get a lisence in germany when we were there. but this sounds intense! good luck & it was fun seeing the signs!!

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

Oh, I would hate to retake my driving test - especially in another country.

Loved those signs - too funny!

steffenboysmom said...

Those are some really interesting signs! I love the frog one!

The bus signs were cool too. It can be said either way with totally opposite meanings. Not good, but cool.

Good luck Carol with your tests! what a pain in the neck!

Rachel said...

Thank you thank you THANK YOU for sharing all of those road signs! I love European stuff like that. Too funny!

And best of luck on the, ah, test. Sounds painful.