Every morning when I come home from dropping my kids off at school, I need some time to cool down. It is getting worse every morning. We live on a cul-de-sac, a street with only 19 houses. So you can imagine, not a lot of traffic. But every morning this street turns into a circus. The reason why?
Ok, I made a little drawing so it is easier to visualize. There is a lot going on on that tiny little exit of ours.
Our street exits into the main street, 3 Schools are on this stretch. An Elementary School 3 min to your left, the Middle School right across and the High School 5 min to your right.
First of all it is hard to get out of our street to make a left to get to the Elementary School, there is constant traffic from left and right. Mind you it is a School zone, so everyone should be driving only 25 mph!! At the same time you have School buses trying to enter the main road coming from the Middle School ( colored in yellow). We do have a Bus pick up right at our corner!
All still manageable until you have those cars coming in from the Middle School. I couldn’t fit that on the picture anymore. But there is two lanes coming out of there (top corner of picture) one lane going towards Elementary School and one towards High School. Usually the one to Elm. School goes faster, because all the main traffic is moving towards High School. So there are some people that think it might go faster if they turn left going towards Elm. School and then turn into our street to make u- turns or back up in peoples front yards etc. It’s a hell of a mess, so many close calls. Mind you there are kids standing at the Bus pick up!
What does that mean for us trying to bring our kids to school making a left turn? Well we sit and wait…and wait…and wait…. and get horns blown at us, yelled at and not so nice finger signs because we are not moving. Which we can’t because there is constantly someone coming from Middle School trying to take a short cut through our street.
So when you see that there might be a chance of getting out you make a mad dash and hope that the oncoming traffic is doing 25 mph!! Just the last two days I had a close call every morning.
So this brings me to drivers license and what is learned during driving school.
In those days the rules where fairly simple because there was not a lot of cars on the road.
I don’t know how many hours of driving and how many hours of classes you have to have now in Germany. When I was working on my drivers license I had to go through 14 hours of theoretical classes with a test at the end. Then I had to get driving lessons, they where split up in
- 5 Fahrstunden Überland = 5 hours interurban
- 4 Fahrstunden Autobahn = 4 hours on the Highway
- 3 Fahrstunden bei Dunkelheit = 3 hours at night
and I think my inner town driving was 12 hours at that time. Not all at once, usually 1 hour a time.
After that you had your theoretical test, if you passed that, you had to do the driving test.
The first year you got your drivers license on probation.
Until 1958 women had to ask their husbands of fathers for permission to get a license.
I don’t know anything about how it is here in the US. We have one kid approaching, but I am not even going there yet.
This is what Wikipedia says:
The minimum age to obtain a restricted driver’s license in the United States varies from 14 years, three months in South Dakota to as high as 17 in New Jersey. In most states, with the exception of South Dakota, a graduated licensing law applies to newly licensed teenage drivers, going by names such as Provisional Driver, Junior Operator,Probationary Driver, or Intermediate License. These licenses restrict certain driving privileges, such as whether the new driver may carry passengers and if so how many, as well as setting a curfew for young drivers to be off the roads. For example, Utah drivers who are under 18 may not have other people outside the family in the car without a licensed driver 21 or older present for the first six months with a license. Unlike in some states of Australia and some provinces of Canada, however, graduated licensing laws do not require lowered speed limits, displaying of L and P plates, restrictions on towing a trailer or boat, or prohibitions on highway driving or operating high performance cars.
Drivers under 18 are usually required to attend a comprehensive driver’s education program either at their high school or a professional driving school and take a certain number of behind the wheel lessons with a certified driving instructor before applying for a license. Some states like New York also require new adult drivers to attend some form of driver’s education before applying for a license.
However, in some states all newly licensed adult drivers may be on probation for a set amount of time (usually between six months and two years), during which traffic violations carry harsher penalties or mandatory suspensions that would not normally apply to experienced drivers.
So this brings me to searching for everything about driving:
That is quite a collection I found on Zibbet. If you click on the individual picture you will get to the Artists shop.
And here you can find a lot of driving items on Etsy (<- this will take you to the treasury)
So stay safe my friends and enjoy your trips!