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By Anonymous - / Monday 15 July 2013 03:40 / United States - Odenton
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  Booda_Shun  |  28

Well the whole US isn't composed ONLY of reckless drivers...

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  Zomg_Okay  |  26

1 - The problem with natural selection is that in this case, OP's daughter is naturally selecting other people on their behalf in addition to herself. Natural selection is not always a good thing.

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  Zomg_Okay  |  26

89 - Or maybe I do and just made a shit and/or poorly worded joke.

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  depocadoll  |  15

Grounded! I'd tell her she could forget the license since she can't follow instruction, and in a potentially dangerous situation at that. And that she'll be getting a job to pay for the damages. I'm sure shed think twice next time about being a shit.

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  Booda_Shun  |  28

Poor thing must've mistook the green car for a green light

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  Neyuu  |  18

That's okay, I thought your joke was funny, #3. We know she didn't actually mistake the green car for a green light. That's why it's called a joke.

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  yupitssoph  |  18

Seriously, that's craziness. I just recently got my license and I would always listen to my dad. Idk what she was thinking.

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  lilhellian  |  26

16, The DMV should say that to most of the idiots out there. What upsets me is that some driving schools don't do the whole time. They just take you out once, if your "good enough" they'll pass you.

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  saxybandgeek  |  14

Is it required to go to driving school in some places? In ky, we just take a written test and then 6 months later we drive around for like 10 minutes with an instructor for the driving test

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  little_one  |  20

Where I'm from if your merging you wait till you have a proper opening. But our drivers are assholes like OP's daughter and we know not to trust that they'll let you in.

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  jdimaria3  |  11

62, yeah. In Massachusetts we have to take a permit exam to obtain our permit, and then in order to get our license we have to take 30 hours of drivers ed and pass the written test at the end, drive 40 hours with our parents, do 12 hours of driving with the driving school, and do 6 hours of observation (sit in the backseat and watch another student drive) with the driving school. After we've done all that we have to pass a road test, which is basically your drive around for 10 minutes with an instructor. It seems like we have to do a lot more in MA than in other states.

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  fml121785  |  14

I totally understand that she should have listened to her parent, but if the green car was in a merge lane, then wouldn't they be at fault because they have to yield when merging?

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  jkmartinjk  |  16

In BC, Canada, we take a written test at 16, and if we pass we have our L for a year. Meaning, we can only drive with a supervisor over 25 with a valid license, and not by ourselves. After a year we can take a road test, which if you pass, you get your N; meaning you can drive alone, but with only one other friend. Family is unlimited though. And the N stage is two years before you can take another road test to get your full license. Having just got my N, I think its a pretty decent system.

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  HungerGames95  |  13

62, in mn we take a classroom drivers training for two weeks. When you're 15 you can take your permit test (which is written). Once you pass you can drive with an adult. In order to test for your provisional license you need 6 hours of behind the wheel with an instructor and 30 hours daytime driving with your parents and 10 nighttime driving with your parents. Then you can take the test. Which only takes like 10 mins. Once you pass for the first 6 months you can only have 1 underage passenger (but the # of family passengers you can have is unlimited) then the next 6 months you can have to underage passengers. After a year the amount of passengers isn't restricted. Then once you turn 18 you get your regular drivers license

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  2Choo  |  1

Actually, in a merging scenario, both the people on the highway and in the merge lane share right of way. Otherwise, one would never let the other one go. So you're supposed to time your entrance carefully and properly (ie be going at the speed of traffic, switch lanes onto the highway when there's a clear opening), and the cars on the highway are obligated to let you on. In some cases (such as where I'm from), you could actually report someone who doesn't let you onto the highway (if they're doing so maliciously), but that's kind of ridiculous and I don't think anyone has actually done that. There's also, in some places, laws like "The Last Clear Chance Rule," which states that, if you could have avoided a collision but chose not to because you had right of way (or whatever other reason that would generally make it not your fault), you are still at fault! Long story short: the daughter is totally at fault.

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  bfsd42  |  20

Thank you 130. Yielding while merging is the wrong way and a very dangerous thing to do. It's a huge problem here in CA where people don't speed up to merge, or even slow down and cause a big clusterfuck.

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  FeatherTips  |  10

In Alaska, you can get a permit at 14 and a license at 16. Driving school just lowers the insurance rates. You have to wait for 6 months between getting the permit and license, unless you're 18, at which point you don't have to wait.

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  caitlinrawrr  |  9

#62, you are required to before you are 18. After 18, you can just take the written test, take the drive test the next day if you wanted to, then you'll have your license.

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  Bcfrmkc816  |  17

Yeah it's in most of the DMV books people merging onto hiway are supposed to slow down and merge onto it when there is an opening. Not just run down there lane and try to push people out of the way. HiPo. Mo

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  depocadoll  |  15

But, of she sped up and slammed into it? I think she'd still be in the wrong. You don't just plow into someone because you don't like that they are there. Unless you're in Hollywood of course.

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  summerbean  |  6

It pretty much the same in Ontario except your supervisor doesn't have to be over 25, just hold a G license(full license) and have been licensed for a min of 5yrs. Also we only have to wait one year before going for the last road test. Also driving school isn't mandatory but gives you a discount on insurance and you can get you G2/N 4 months sooner.

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  mitlaeufer  |  21

it scares me that people in the us actually learn how to drive by having their parents teach them in a normal car without a second set of gas, brake and clutch

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  nightbirdblue  |  27

I thought that was what the emergency brake was for or at least that's what my families learning how to drive policy has been.

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  mitlaeufer  |  21

#46, we have driving schools with cars that are modified for this purpose. 2 sets of mirrors, only the stick and the steering wheel are not there twice. Driving instructors need to take a test before being allowed to teach, additional to a standard drivers license. We have to take a certain amount of mandatory lessons (including driving at night, Autobahn and so on) before being allowed to take our test in the first place it's germany, how could you expect us not to have laws and rules for everything :)

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  sniken  |  14

I think thats how It's done in most countries. Learning by family or friends. Or just learning by doing, give the kid the keys to some old wreck and a empty dirtroad to drive on by themselves. The kid learns quickly to hill start and drive a manual, and the father gets to take a nap somewhere else.

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  Alicestraza  |  33

25, I agree. Here we have to take around 13 driving lessons from a qualified instructor before we can take our driving test for a real license, with the instructor having a modified car. The concept of family just teaching people to drive seems dangerous to me. I don't know if it is, but it's a foreign concept nonetheless.

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Where I live, driver's ed isn't needed for a license, but it would be stupid not to do it. They help you with everything and when you're done they bring you straight to the road test. The US has driving schools too.

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  morella_xx  |  29

#55, That's how US driving schools operate as well. The licensing laws vary state by state, but I got mine from New York, so I can at least tell you how theirs works. At 16 you take a test on traffic laws and you get a Learner's Permit, which means you can drive if you have a parent or over-18 sibling in the car with you. Driver's Ed is optional, but if you take it (which I did; it was a six week class of Monday/Wednesday/Friday driving in a training car like you described and Tuesday/Thursday lectures) you can upgrade your license at 17. If you don't take it, you have to wait until 18. Either way, both require you to take a driving test. Long explanation, sorry, but the "stupid Americans" stereotype annoys me. We don't just throw our teenagers behind the wheel of a car and say, "Go, drive! Freedom!" We do try to make it safe. OP's daughter is just a particularly stupid outlier.

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  nightbirdblue  |  27

In the United States of America, states have differing rules. Pennsylvania, for example, you take a written test in order to a learner's permit. A learner's permit is valid for one year. A learning's permit allows you to drive with a parent, a spouse over 18, legal guardian over 18, or someone else over 21 in the front passenger seat as long as they have a valid driver's license. People with a learning's permit are not permitted to drive without a parent, a spouse over 18, or a legal guardian over 18 past certain time at night till a certain time in the morning. You can take Driver's Ed, but it only affects insurance rates. To get your driver's license, you have to take a road test. The road test may be on a course designed for road tests or along a pre-determined path on actual roads. You are first tested on the controls (windshield wipers, climate control, headlights, etc). Then you are either directed to start the driving part of the road test or told to parallel park. If you cannot parallel park, then you do not pass your test. (even if you pass the rest with flying colors)

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