How long has it been since you took a driving test? Ten years? Fifteen years? It’s been closer to 20 for me. Think you could do it again? Right now without looking at a driving manual or sitting in a car? Okay hotshot, let’s see you do it.
Here’s a test of 20 questions from MSN taken from real licensing tests across the country.
I scored 85, with most states requiring a score of at least 80 to pass. If I remember right, that’s pretty close to what I got the first time around when I was 16. Take the test and let me know how you score.
well I got a 95 guess I pass.
Holy cow Charles, you're the man! When was the last time you took a driving test?
Would you believe 46 years ago
That's pretty impressive. Your 95 beats the heck out of my 85.
We both beat the average for both Washington and national test takers. I have always been good at taking tests, but then I try to keep up with the laws also.
Wow, look at the big brain on Steve. I'm starting to feel inadequate here.
I wish it showed which two I got wrong.
Some of those were funny! "the passenger in my rear seat"
Oh, nevermind, there's a link to see your detailed results. I got the slow-down-when-being-passed one wrong and the alcohol test one wrong (just picked you can refuse, not that you also face stiff penalties for doing so). However, in the state of Washington, last time I checked, you can refuse a breathalyzer, but a blood test is then required by law instead (I think most people would stick with the breathalyzer!), meaning that one way or another, you WILL have your BAC tested.
@Rachel You can refuse the test, but your license will be revoked if you do. Before the test is administered, you have to be informed that you can refuse the test. There are some situations where consent isn't required.
A blood test isn't required if you don't take a breath test — you just lose your license. There are specific provisions in the law for when a blood test is allowed/required.
See RCW 46.20.308 for all of the exciting details.
The breathalyzer vs. blood test issue has been hotly contested for a long time among the people I know. I had thought that you could refuse to do a breathalyzer in the field, but would automatically have your license revoked, and would still be required to do one when you get to the police station. Thanks for the clarification and 'exciting details' Steve.
My guess is that there are minor issues with those amendment thingies (the fourth and fifth, to be specific) that make it difficult to require someone to take the test. Granted, I'm not a lawyer and I'm not a drinker, so it's all theoretical for me.
Oops. That "anonymous" person was me.
Thanks for being honest Steve. Although we're cool with being anonymous around here as long as you're not using it to swear, harass, or otherwise make my life uncomfortable.
I've always figured that if asked, I'd prefer to breathe than do a blood test. I just don't trust the whole needle thing. Not that I'm planning for it or anything…