Wednesday, September 22, 2010

How many driving test?

Recently an article appeared in The Dallas Morning News, reprinted from The New York Times, about a South Korean woman’s driving test. Cha Sa-soon, 69 years old, failed her driving test 959 times, and passed on the 960 try. Congratulations to Cha Sa-soon!

The article reminded me (Tony, aka: PropagandaBuster) of the number of times I had to take the road test to pass. The first failed road test was due to being requested by the inspector to parallel park the vehicle on a snowy day in Manhattan (New York City) on a snow covered street with no curb or sidewalk. Test failed because the inspector claimed if there was a curb and sidewalk, I would have parked on the side walk. This inspector also happened to be one of the authors of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Drivers Manuel.

Second try was with an inspector who was math challenged. To pass a road test in New York State one must not score above 20 in negative points. The test results arrived in the mail about a week after the test totaling 21 points. However when the checked points were added it amounted to 19. The Motor Vehicle Bureau refused to correct the inspector’s math.

Third attempt, passed. No snow, no book author, and no mathematically challenged inspector on that day.

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