Yesterday I was taking my Driver's Licence Road Test, and I failed the test because I was terrible in the eyes of the examiner. I don't admit the fact that I'm so terrible, because he failed me immediately for such stupid reason of "the vehicle roll back for an inch"!!!!
Now that I feel like really wanted to complain, not about the examiner, but the whole driving test standard and the point scoring system of my country!!!!! The testing system is just so stupid, that it needs the driver to follow the instruction in the textbook WORD BY WORD, even the sequence of looking at the mirror first then start the engine then changing gear then release hand brake must be follow WITHOUT A MISTAKE!! If you mess the sequence of the procedure, you'll get penalized.
Then when you are on the road, observation to 360" around your vehicle (Yes!! 360" around you, so not just looking at the mirror, but you also need the turn your head 180" to look at the blind spot) is what you need to do 90% of the time, or else again you'll get penalized for the test. MAN!!! Why should I took 90% of my attention away from what is important on the road!? And why must I turn my neck as well!? If I took so much time to observe my back, what about the front!? I'll get crash at the front, not the back!
I could say the driving test of my country has the most difficult standard among the whole world. Not only need you to follow the maneuver sequences so deadly and mechanically, and that the "immediate failing action" contains something that are so stupid that almost everyone can execute such action at least 5 times during the test. What I saw on the local forum, almost every single driver complains that they never ever pass the driver's licence test the first time. The average amount of trials that needs to be done in order to pass the test was like 3~4 times for the ones that took lessons from official driving school, and like 8~10 times for the ones that learn on their own. And you know what? I found out that the driving test standard, scoring method, every single rules in the test was not altered for a single word within the 25 years time!
If you follow exactly the "passing driving method" set up by this Department of Traffic of my country, in that case change yourself rather into an automatic driving system, drive your vehicle just like a machine! But is that ever possible!? because we are human, not machine! So by faithfully following this "passing driving method", I was always so irritated because now I took 90% of my mind of thinking what is the next maneuver action that must be done, with only 10% attention used to focus on the road. Then, for that remaining 10% focus, I mus~t then took 90% to focus on the surrounding. That means overall I only have 1% attention left to focus on the road in front of me. During my driving lesson, especially my road test lesson, I was bump into the vehicle in front of me for several times, because I took too much attention to the right and left and back, but not to the front.
Whenever I was driving in this mechanical "passing driving method" specifically learned for the test, I was always so irritated because that is not my driving style! So that's why I personally have another driving method that is not learned from the driving school, but from my father. I feel much more comfortable in driving in the method taught by my father, at least I had not yet bump into any vehicle yet whenever my body and my mindset is shifted into "my personal drving method".
Heck!! I can't complain enough about this stupid driving test standard of my current country, and that test I took yesterday was already my 3rd test!! My father obtained his licence from his home country where he pass his driving test just by the first trial, regardless that his home country has much much much denser traffic then here! And two of my other relatives that had migrated to USA had also already obtained their driver's licence with just one test trial. When the hell can I pass my test in this country!!? What I want is just a valid driver's licence to proof I have sufficient ability to driving safely on the road, why the hell the DoT make the test so difficult!!!?