It’s no secret that drivers in Boston and Mass in general suck. Some drivers are exceptionally bad, to the point of being dangerous, some drivers are great, but I would suggest they are an exception.
And I think I’ve worked out why …
The test here sucks.
I’m from the UK, and passed my driving test there around 7 years ago, and have been driving since then. I did around a year of learning and lessons, then a written test which was challenging, and the 30 minute road test where every aspect of your driving was watched … how often you checked your mirrors, how aware you were of things around you … that kind of thing.
I arrived in Boston a year ago, and finally got around to converting to a Mass license, for which I had to go through the test as if I was a new driver.
I did no preperation, no research, no books or guides, just let my 6 years in the UK and one year here teach me.
The 20 minute written test was finished in under 5 minutes. I got a couple wrong, but they were mostly local law questions I hadn’t come across.
Yesterday I did the practical portion of the test, and I admit, I was a little nervous …
We drove around the block. A left turn, three right turns (one with a STOP sign), and a left turn back into the car park. The policeman doing it chatted about the war and how crap he thought Bush was for the whole 5 or 6 minutes we were out.
I just figured that because he knew I could drive already, he was giving me an easy ride … but I’ve been told since that this wasn’t the case, and that really is how the majority of tests here are …
So, Boston drivers suck because the state test suck :) Thats my theory, and I’m sticking to it :)