I sat the theory driving test recently. I meant to go through the entire thing last year, but so many things kept coming up, so it was put off and put off. When I heard about the new “case studies”, I wanted to sit the exam before they were introduced. When that didn’t happen, I tried to download the updates from the practice software we had from previously. The updates didn’t install properly, so we were forced to buy the latest software.
What a joke! It was such a waste of time and money to get the new software. Maybe the case studies were meant to give young drivers something more to think about than just rote memorisation of facts, but in the end, the questions were no different. You didn’t even need to read the case studies to answer them. I only read them for my own amusement. I thought the makers of the practice exams probably got it wrong since they might not know what the case studies were about. But when I got into that exam room and saw the case study at the end, I nearly burst out laughing.
The other point I found amusing was that they allowed people to take the exam in other languages. Now, how is that supposed to make the roads safer? We’ve seen drivers out there blatantly disregarding road signs and signals and we wondered if they were “foreigners” who didn’t understand. Of course, they could have been natives who blatantly disregard road etiquette, but it does make you wonder. Furthermore, we saw a story recently about people who make the stupidest excuses to avoid paying fines and some try to pretend they don’t understand the language. Well, if they made it a requirement that people can only get a UK driving license if they do it in English, maybe they can remove that poor excuse.