I was planning to do a post on American driving versus English driving, but since I haven’t (yet), I thought I’d direct you to this very interesting article in today’s Guardian, which explains everything about taking the UK driver’s test. It’s written by Judd Birdsall, an American who is working on his PhD at Cambridge University:
“The United States and the United Kingdom have many important similarities, but a rigorous driving test is not one of them. As an American who recently passed the UK driving theory and practical tests, I have newfound respect for all the motorists I encounter on British roads. . .”
I first learned to drive in England when I was sixteen, in an English car with a stick shift, driving in fields on my uncle’s farm. Sitting beside me, my dad was yelling something about the clutch as we rolled backward down the hill because I hadn’t yet mastered the fine art of easing off the clutch while pressing the accelerator. I got my “official” driver’s license in the US a few years later.
Luckily, during my Year of Living Englishly I was able to drive in England using my US driver’s license, but I don’t know if I could have passed the English test as easily as I did the US test!
What is your own experience with the US driver’s test and/or the UK driver’s test?