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flip86's avatar

Is it odd that I'm 29 and have never had my drivers license?

Asked by flip86 (6208points) August 1st, 2013

I’ve finally decided to get it. I have a few questions:

Is the written test hard?

Is the test multiple choice?

Do I need 100% to pass?

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16 Answers

zenvelo's avatar

No it’s not odd, especially in big East Coast cities. Rural America, it is unusual.

1. The written test is really not hard, there are lots of people without any smarts that have driver’s licences,

2. Yes, multiple choice, in California three choices. As a general principle, choose the one that is most safe for everyone.

3. No, in CA you can’t miss more than 5 out of 36 (I could be off by one or two, but it is not 100% at all.)

majorrich's avatar

For the most part, at least in Ohio, you need a learners permit before you get your license so you can have a certain amount of supervised time behind the wheel before they turn you loose on the road. There is an online test and it is pretty easy as I recall. Of course that was several decades ago for me. at that time you only needed something ridiculous like 70% to pass.

As far as weirdness goes. As this is a rural area it’s unusual.

Headhurts's avatar

I’m 34 and do not drive, and have no intention of either.

JLeslie's avatar

Not if you live in NYC. My aunt has never had a driver’s license and she is in her 60’s. My grandma got her in her 50’s when she moved to a suburb.

The written test is now a computer test in most states. You absolutely must study the driver’s handbook before the test or you likely will not pass. Usually there are about 25 questions and you can miss 3–5, it all varies by state, assuming you are in the USA. I would imagine in all states you must take the “written” and the driving test. Find out what will be required of you on the driving test. Usually it is, stopping, backing up, parallel parking and turning. Stopping. You come to a stop sign, completely stop, literally feel the car roll back a little and look both ways before moving again. When you turn you must signal first. When backing up you must look behind your shoulder, turning your head. You must always be looking in the direction the car is moving. Usually you can fail multiple times and still test again, but most states require a waiting time between testing again. Sometimes a month.

What state are you in?

LuckyGuy's avatar

Is it odd? A little. Here’s how to tell… The next time you are at the grocery store look at the number of adults walking to their cars vs to the train or bus stop. The number is nearly 100% in my suburban/rural community.
Can you pass the test? Yes. Is it hard? No. Here’s all the proof you need. Stand in the nearest WalMart parking lot for 10 minutes and look at the people walking to and from their cars. If they can pass, you can pass.

This will improve your life in ways you cannot imagine. Good luck!

Evian's avatar

What is important is to get the DL. Age doesn’t matter!
The test isn’t hard. Get the booklet with the rules at the DMV. Read it cover to cover.
Then go back and re read the things that don’t seem like common sense – exact rules like speed limits in special zones – the trick questions. Many DMV’s have on line practice quizzes. Run through these a few times.
The test is multiple choice.
They tell you how many you can get wrong. And you have multiple tries.
Then you get a permit. Sign up for some professional lessons if you can. Even three lessons will help! Go for it!!

gailcalled's avatar

Maine driver test info. It is vague enough to ensure that you can do anything required behind the wheel of a car.

Road Test Information:

“What Is A Road Test?

A drivers license examiner will assess your ability to maintain control of your vehicle at all times, whether it be driving forward or backwards, maintaining your proper lane position, turning left or right or driving straight ahead during your road test. You will also be judged on how well you observe and react to other drivers and pedestrians, as well as traffic signs, signals and conditions.

Note: The road test will not be given until all other tests have been successfully completed.”

I suggest that you do not learn your driving skills from the written word. Take some lessons from a qualified (and unrelated to you) instructor.

(Plenty of people learn to drive as adults. Good luck.)

Eggie's avatar

Yes its very odd indeed! Go and get it now!

JLeslie's avatar

Here is the handbook link taken fron the link @gailcalled provided. Read cover to cover and there are practice questions for you. You will need to know things like when is it ok to get back over into a lane after passing. How many feet from a traffic light you can still change lanes. What the different shapes of signs mean. Who goes first at a four way stop if you all arrive at the same time. Technical stuff you would likely not know the answers to intuitively.

seekingwolf's avatar

If you are in a major city, not really, because having a car is unneeded and almost undesirable with all the hassle with parking.

The question is, why do you still not have one if you are not in a major city?

The multiple choice is easy. Know your traffic signs. And they ask a bunch of questions about alcohol myths, like “drinking coffee after consuming alcohol will make you sober, true or false?”. Hint: answer all the myth questions like that as “false”. They are trying to trip you up.

Get a GOOD driver to teach you or take a few driving lessons. I took a few lessons. The driving school even provided me with a car to take my driving test. I passed on the first time. It was pretty easy. A good driving instructor will tell exactly what to do because they know what they are looking for.

I have had my license for almost 6 years now and I actually drive a stick shift now in my own car.

You can do it!

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Nope, not odd, it just never happened. If you feel that you need it, go ahead and get it simply to make your life easier, not to prove anything to anyone!

Jeruba's avatar

It’s not average, but it’s not weird either. I was 40 when I got mine. The instructor said his oldest student was 93. What motivated me at last was that I had young children.

Even though I was a very nervous student and am still a nervous driver, it continues to be a great relief not to be totally reliant on someone else to get around. I thought living in an East Coast city with plenty of good public transportation options solved the problem, but my life changed dramatically when I fell in love with a Californian and moved west. All of a sudden I was stranded and dependent. It took me years to get out of that mode.

My aunt, who recently passed away at 98, lived in the same suburb that I grew up in. She never learned to drive. That might have been fine when she was younger, could handle a long walk, could ride buses, and had a husband and three sons at home to help her out. She spent most of her long latter years widowed, alone, and unable to get around. She was trapped.

jca's avatar

I think for the written test, you can pass with a 70%.

It doesn’t take a genius to pass the written test. For the practical test, my advice is try not to be nervous.

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flo's avatar

Lots of younger people don’t have drivers liccence, they are more green, environmentally aware,
And there is really no need nowadays with car sharing with good transit system. The older people are just more set in their ways.

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