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Let Inga Tell You: Inga’s Ultimate California Driver Test

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Inga sums up the California Driver Handbook for you.
(Photo by Inga)

LET INGA TELL YOU:

Last week I wrote about getting my driver license renewed and having to take the written test since I’m over 70. After some 40 practice exams (and 56 years of keen observation at the wheel), I think I can save readers a lot of trouble and just sum it all up in one all-encompassing test. Pass this and you’re good to go.

At a stop sign with at least a little bit of visibility on either side, you should:

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a) quickly glance both ways then increase speed and blow through it

b) forget the glancing and just blow through it

c) realize that STOP means “Slow To Observe Police”

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You are stuck behind a total geezer driving the speed limit on a two-lane road where passing on the left is prohibited. You:

a) pass him on the right hoping to nudge him into oncoming traffic

b) wait for the next ravine and make your move

c) old people should be put on ice floats and sent out to sea

As the light turns green, a blind person with a service dog is crossing in front of you. You:

a) honk and proceed (damn dog needs to learn to walk faster)

b) assume the guy bought the cane and the dog’s vest on Amazon and is faking

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c) should make a donation to the Humane Society in the dog’s name if you were wrong

With a Class C driver license, a person may drive:

a) a two-axle vehicle if the Gross Vehicular Weight is less than 6,000 pounds and you are towing a horse trailer

b) a two-axle vehicle if the Gross Vehicular Weight is more than 6,000 pounds but the horse trailer contains goats

c) no one, including the DMV, actually knows what a “Class C” driver’s license is

You do not have to signal a left turn:

a) if one hand is occupied with the wheel and the other with your cell phone

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b) if you drive a black SUV

c) because it’s nobody’s business which direction you’re turning

Children who say “Are we there yet?” more than 10 times may be:

a) left by the side of the road

b) given phenobarbital

c) addressed in a tone that is not our “inside voice”

Hitting a tree at 80 miles per hour while intoxicated:

a) is most damaging to deciduous varieties and ornamentals

b) makes a moot point of the whole 400-feet-to-stop thing

c) may require your estate to replace the tree

The yellow light in a traffic signal:

a) means “speed up or you’ll miss the light!”

b) is also known as a “pink” light if the light has already turned red when you go through it

c) all of the above

Alcohol concentration in the blood is legally described as:

a) “a buzz”

b) “hammered”

c) “basted”

Just before a train hits your car that is stalled on the railroad tracks, your last words are:

a) #@%^**^&!

b) @(&^%$$%!!

c) &$#@###*&%!!!

You must stop at railroad tracks when the bell sounds and the gate goes down:

a) if you actually have time to wait for a whole frigging freight train to go by

b) unless you think there is room to get around the gate before the train gets there

c) this question should have been before the last one

If you park your vehicle in an area not usually used for parking:

a) it usually means it is a primo make-out area

b) you have no memory after that 10th Jello shot how you got your car ended up on top of that storage shed

c) think the parking control people are too rigid in their definition of “sidewalk”

State law requires children to be restrained in an approved car seat until:

a) the square root of their age plus the reciprocal of their weight

b) the square root of their weight minus the reciprocal of their height

c) they whine so loud that you can’t stand it

When using a roundabout, drivers should:

a) be prepared to get sucked into a vortex from which they’ll never escape

b) petition your Congress person to outlaw roundabouts which are confusing and terrifying to just about everyone

c) just drive over the median on the smaller ones

It is OK to smoke in a car with passengers under 16 if:

a) the kids are not coughing violently

b) you can still see out the windshield

c) it really depends on what you’re smoking (wink wink)

You can make a U-turn in the middle of a block when:

a) you see a prime parking spot on the other side of the street

b) you spot a Taco Bell advertising a two-for-one Chalupa special

c) police officers pursuing you have put up a road block ahead

The best mindset toward other drivers when navigating California’s roadways is:

a) It’s all about me

b) It’s only about me

c) Move over

Inga’s lighthearted looks at life appear regularly in La Jolla Light. Reach her at inga47@san.rr.com


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