Brazos Trails 6-7-2012
Now I’m a graduate of driving school.
The good Lord must have wanted me to get a radar ticket so I could write
this story about On Line Driving school.
You know I wasn’t really guilty. The posted limit on Franklin was 40 MPH
then 30. Of course the officer wasn’t at the 40 sign but at the 30. I was
going same speed everybody else does on Franklin.
But it’s a real experience — this new state of Texas approved driving
school. There is a choice of many and it cost $25 up front. The goal is to
get your ticket
dismissed. Also discount on your insurance.
Long time ago when I took the test I went to Ryan’s and had a free supper
then went to the two hour course. Now at a restaurant it is two days, three
hours each and you still get a free meal.
The driving test has come a long was since then. You can take it on line
at your own speed. Its really a smart computer program. You can work at it
awhile and then give up. It remembers where you left off. Just put in your
email address and password and you are back where you left off.
I didn’t particularly like the segment about drunk driving, because I don’t
drink. Anyway there are questions about how alcohol affects your driving. A
video pops up and you watch it for 30 seconds, then answer question about
what you learned, I kept failing the questions. Each time you had to play
the video again, but this time new questions come up. Like what was the name
of the man that was killed in the alcohol related crash. Finally on the
third try you get simple yes or no question. Each time you miss you get a
lecture from the state about what you should have learned.
I struggled off and on with the test..
Just when I thought I was thru another whole segment pops up. I believe the
program takes 8 hours to complete.
This is better than a big bad mark on your driving record. It still wasn’t
free. It cost over a $180.
The program seems to be up to date because it talks about the new lights
being installed at intersections. The ones that tell you how many seconds
till the light turns green for you to walk across the road. Brighter lights
are being installed at intersections. The highway departments are finding
ways to make the highways safer for you. Like signs everywhere, and stripes
the street. And how you should pay attention to them. Get into the right
lane when making a change. The new autos have a lot of safety gadgets in
A section in the course talks about bad driving conditions, Also city
driving and highway miles. What to do if you get stuck in the mud. What to
do if you break down on the highway. Driving in bad weather. It talks about
new, safer highway construction now being installed.
But the hard part was getting through those video tests. Like how many
seconds does it take to pass an 18 wheeler What lane should you drive in on
A lot about driving in crowded cities. Of course, try not to run over a
pedestrian. What to do if your car breaks down. What to do if you can’t get
around having a crash.
Even if you didn’t get a ticket I recommend taking the course to get a
better rate on your insurance and to learn about all the things the state is
dong to make driving safer for you.
There’s things to do after completing the course. Like paying $10 to get
your driving record Then what to do after you “graduate.”
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