Holy Crap #3: Driving Competency
So earlier this week , there was a story in the paper that said that the majority of experienced drivers couldn't pass the class 7 (Learner's) written driving exam. Of course, just like there is no parent who has a child that is below average, if you ask anyone they wouldn't claim to be in that majority. Certainly I'm not. The difference, of course, is that I have "proof".
After having read that I kept thinking to myself that I know the rules better than most (based on discussions I've had with people), but I'd like to see the test and know for sure. Later I got into a conversation on twitter that centred around a particular aspect of one law (yellow lights and if you have to stop for them). That was enough for me to actually go and look things up. A quick Googling lead me to 2 sources: this site with practice tests, and The Government of Alberta Ministry of Transportation. The latter, of course, is pretty much canon, but I saw similar questions on both sets of tests.
So, off I went to run through all the tests (6 in all) to see how I did. The numbers proved me right as I got anywhere from 90% to 100% on each, well above the 80%ish passing grades. However, it doesn't stop there as I thought there were some interesting questions in there. Some because there were nice, obscure ones that I know commonly aren't known but I was proud to know. I'm going to brag about those here. Hey, it's a blog-like page, how can it not be narcissistic? Also, it was not all smooth sailing, some of the questions surprised me with their answers, so I'll discuss those too.