The Other People On The Road

I just thought you might need a reminder of who might be driving next to you on the streets of L.A….

Waiting in line today at the Van Nuys DMV, I witnessed 4 people get a failing grade. To pass, new drivers can miss 6 or less. For renewals, it’s 3 or less.

From an article in last November’s L.A. Times:

When it’s time to take the California driver’s test for a license renewal, one-third of the drivers flunk the exam given in English. Among aspiring drivers who have never taken the exam before, 50% fail.

People taking the test in Spanish for renewal do even worse, with 80% flunking.

Yes, some of those wacky DMV questions can be tricky. I can understand missing a few. But, one guy missed 31 questions. 31 out of a possible 36.

Have a nice day.

9 Replies to “The Other People On The Road”

  1. The guy that missed 31 is probably on the road as we speak. My renewal
    comes up next September, I hope I don’t have to take the test, I’ll probably miss 31 too.

  2. Missed 31 of 36, and you know that guy left the DMV, got into his car in the parking lot, and is on the road right now.

    Be afraid. Be very afraid.

  3. That is barely 14% correct. This reminds me of a horrid calc II multiple choice test I took in high school.

    Think I missed 3 questions on my test. The only one I remember is a question about whether animals can be placed in the back of a pickup truck. Still don’t know what the answer was. Still don’t have a pickup truck.

  4. People can take the test in Spanish? But the signs on our roads are in English? Hmmm….

    But the signs on the test are still in English, just not the text of the test questions. You don’t need to be able to read “What does a Stop sign mean?” in English in order to recognize the meaning of a stop sign.

  5. I nearly failed the test when I moved to California – because I was too conservative on several of the questions (like the time limit for green-painted parking spaces).

    And no, I’m not one of those people who drives 20 MPH on the 405, peering cautiously over my clenched white knuckles and shaking my head at the folly of those who honk at me.

  6. For what it’s worth, I scored 100% on the driver test the first time, and this after not driving for the 27 years I lived in NYC before moving west. I read the DMV manual and took the practice tests the night before.

    The woman who was scoring my exam marked one of my answers as wrong. Since I knew I had aced it, I asked her which one. Turns out her little plastic grid thingy was crooked and my answer was correct. She seemed pissed at me, or maybe it was my smirking, smug attitude.

    On the other hand, a friend who moved to LA from London failed the written test 3 times, but on his third attempt, they took pity on him and let him change one of his answers so he could pass.

    In light of these two incidents, the only bad thing I can say about the DMV is they got my birthday wrong and now I’m officially three days younger.

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