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Re: Tell me of stick shifts and not panicking..
« Reply #105 on: September 24, 2014, 04:36:53 PM »
European here who moved to California. Despite having a driver's license from my home country, I had to get a California driver's license from scratch (some states just give you theirs if you show the driver's license from home country).

Here is what I had to do in California: Pass the written test at the DMV. That got me my learner's permit. I was now allowed to practice driving a car provided an adult with a valid California Diver's license was in the passenger seat. Get an appointment for the driving test (this took a while because it required a SS number which took a few weeks to get). Pass the driving test. Nowhere in this whole process was a professional instructor involved or required.

The driving test took about 20 minutes and involved mostly driving around city street and a U-turn on an extremely wide residential street. I took it on an automatic but was now allowed to drive manuals as well.

Back in home country I had to take theory classes from a trained instructor, around 30 hours of driving with the instructor including two hours in the darkness, some free-way driving, city traffic, a 3-hour class driving longer-distance on highways,... All on a manual. If I had used an automatic, my license would have restricted me to only automatic cars.


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Re: Tell me of stick shifts and not panicking..
« Reply #106 on: September 24, 2014, 04:38:09 PM »

Then you put L plates up. They are removable square signs with a large red L (or you can have D in Wales, and somebody will be able to tell us what that stands for  :D ) and you display one in front and one on the rear. That tells other road users that you're an idiot a novice. You must display L plates until you pass your test and get your full licence. Driving instructors are permitted to keep them on permanent display, and most of them incorporate them into a bigger sign for 'Learn to drive with Hippy Chick's Driving SchooL' or something similar. The rest of us are supposed to take them out of the car when the Younger Chick isn't driving.

Yep, like this:

They're to inform other road users that you're a learner and are likely to do something unpredictable.

When you pass your test, you can switch to plates with a green P on them, which informs other road users that you're a newly qualified driver. They're not compulsory in the same way that L plates are though.



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Re: Tell me of stick shifts and not panicking..
« Reply #107 on: September 24, 2014, 04:43:51 PM »
Locked.  Talk to a driving instructor, in real life.
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