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>> No. 3906 Anonymous
15th July 2017
Saturday 4:31 am
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Is it considered the height of tackiness to have a private reg?

I think I'd quite enjoy having one, it'd be related to the car rather than a vague approximation of my name, if that helps.
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>> No. 3919 Anonymous
17th July 2017
Monday 8:14 pm
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Most are awful, but I have seen a couple of decent ones:

2 XTC (on a 1996 Nissan Almera, meaning the plate is probably worth 10x what the car is)
>> No. 3920 Anonymous
19th July 2017
Wednesday 2:17 pm
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My uncle saw one once that said something along the lines of '50K HA', made him piss himself.
>> No. 3921 Anonymous
19th July 2017
Wednesday 2:32 pm
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A bloke around my way has MX5.

It's on a VW T5. I assume he used to have a Mazda and couldn't bear to part with a plate worth that much.
>> No. 3922 Anonymous
19th July 2017
Wednesday 2:34 pm
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I'm thinking about just getting one in the current numberplate style, but with my own letters. There's a few euro countries where that's how it works as standard, you can pick your own reg.
>> No. 3923 Anonymous
20th July 2017
Thursday 1:21 am
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It's seems to be more of a southern thing.

>> No. 3902 Anonymous
13th July 2017
Thursday 8:57 pm
3902 Car rental hire insurance/CDW/etc in the USA
Can someone PLEASE explain this?

I've booked a car hire through enterprise USA for a week in August in California.

Here's what I want to know (and no-one in either enterprise USA or UK can explain to me):

What are the differences in coverage if I book through Enterprise UK as opposed to Enterprise USA?

It seems that with my current US booking I'm covered for literally jack shit, but the policies and emails are worded so vaguely I'm sitting here with a throbbing headache trying to understand what the fuck is going on.

With my USA booking, what exactly am I covered for, and what do I need to purchase?

Can anyone please clarify? I feel like this isn't as complicated as I'm making it out to be; I'm just a spack.
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>> No. 3903 Anonymous
13th July 2017
Thursday 9:24 pm
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Just buy third-party hire insurance. It's usually cheaper and normally has higher limits than whatever the first-party plan offers. They'll generally also prompt you for extra cover if you tell them you're going to the USA. This does come with the downside that the hire firm will insist on a massive deposit as a foreigner using a foreign card, and you'll have to pay them before the insurers will reimburse you.
>> No. 3904 Anonymous
13th July 2017
Thursday 10:39 pm
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This is what I'm worried about. How much will I have to pay them? The full value of the damage? An excess? Having phoned up both the UK and the US they seem reluctant to tell me.
>> No. 3905 Anonymous
14th July 2017
Friday 11:01 pm
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You'll be covered for almost nothing in the US, unless you tick the collision damage waiver box, its usually a few extra dollars a day. I think you just have to suck it up.

>> No. 3892 Anonymous
17th June 2017
Saturday 9:19 pm
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My dad's van got hit by an EU worker today.

Could it be a right off?
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>> No. 3896 Anonymous
17th June 2017
Saturday 9:29 pm
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>> No. 3897 Anonymous
17th June 2017
Saturday 9:47 pm
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Doesn't look like it. Seems like the bumper has taken the brunt of it (as it's supposed to) and there's just a bit of a dent, unless there's been some structural damage underneath that we can't see, which the assessors will figure out. Assuming it is just what we see, that would only be a write-off if the van has depreciated to the point where it was practically worthless before the event.
>> No. 3899 Anonymous
18th June 2017
Sunday 3:22 am
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A new bumper end cap costs £7. I can't really tell from the photos whether the wheel arch trim needs replacing. If it's still in one piece it should go back on with some new retaining clips, which are about £2 for 10. If it's broken, you can get a replacement from a breaker for £35, possibly less locally. The bodywork damage isn't worth fixing, as it'll all be covered by trim.

Looking at the state of the other vehicle, I'm genuinely impressed at how well the Transit Connect has held up.

>> No. 3900 Anonymous
18th June 2017
Sunday 8:36 am
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4-pack of Stella or Tyskie in a works van?
>> No. 3901 Anonymous
18th June 2017
Sunday 11:44 am
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It's clearly some nice, hot Stella he's got there.

>> No. 3856 Anonymous
29th May 2017
Monday 8:23 pm
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I was riding my motorbike home and a pedestrian shouted "wanker" from the other side of the road.

I can't work out why they might have done this. I considered pulling over at the nearest opportunity, walking back down the road, and throttling the stupid cunt asking why.

This is bothering me more than it should.

I'm fairly certain everyone has had this happen to them at some point in their lives, but I honestly do not know why it's done.
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>> No. 3887 Anonymous
3rd June 2017
Saturday 12:09 pm
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He shouldn't have posted so provocatively, should he?
>> No. 3888 Anonymous
3rd June 2017
Saturday 3:30 pm
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So you are saying that I deserve to get raped? Really lad? Fucking hell.
>> No. 3889 Anonymous
3rd June 2017
Saturday 5:33 pm
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>we don't have reflections
You're a vampire?
>> No. 3890 Anonymous
3rd June 2017
Saturday 7:05 pm
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What? Of course not! Don't be silly, Vampires are not real.
>> No. 3891 Anonymous
3rd June 2017
Saturday 7:11 pm
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That sounds like exactly the sort of thing a vampire would say to throw us off the scent.

>> No. 3825 Anonymous
2nd April 2017
Sunday 8:44 pm
3825 worst drivers
Who do you think the worst drivers on the road are?

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>> No. 3851 Anonymous
11th May 2017
Thursday 6:55 pm
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The worst case scenario is you kill someone because they didn't know you were turning.

It's massively unlikely even if you don't fix it for months, but you have indicators for a fucking good reason.
>> No. 3852 Anonymous
12th May 2017
Friday 11:59 pm
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>they didn't know you were turning
I walk everywhere and experience this several times a week. It's astounding the number of drivers who don't bother to use their indicators, presumably because they think that it doesn't matter when no other cars are around. Who gives a shit about pedestrians, right?
>> No. 3853 Anonymous
14th May 2017
Sunday 11:13 am
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Full beam wankers in built up areas are the worst, who gives a shit if someone gets dazzled and stumbles somewhere near moving traffic?
>> No. 3854 Anonymous
14th May 2017
Sunday 3:35 pm
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I do this everywhere now to counter full beam wankers. In essence, I have become what I despised the most.
>> No. 3855 Anonymous
14th May 2017
Sunday 6:16 pm
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I drive a 4x4 with the big fuck off light bars all over it, I've blasted them all on at people who don't dip their beams when they pass. I'm being far more dangerous and illegal but fuck them.

>> No. 3836 Anonymous
4th May 2017
Thursday 10:39 pm
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Lads, I have an urge to buy a Rover.
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>> No. 3843 Anonymous
4th May 2017
Thursday 11:54 pm
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Get the 2L diesel one. I'm not sure but that engine is probably a BMW engine.
>> No. 3844 Anonymous
5th May 2017
Friday 12:56 am
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I found out about the November 9th attacks on New York in a rover.
>> No. 3845 Anonymous
5th May 2017
Friday 1:14 am
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Don't do it lad, it's a slippery slope. Before you know it, you'll be buying elasticated slacks out of the Radio Times and having your Sunday lunch at a garden centre.
>> No. 3846 Anonymous
5th May 2017
Friday 9:45 am
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My first car was also a Rover. My dad had a specced out 75 with the 2.5 V6 and that was quite nice. My 25 with the 1.4 K-series? Not so much.
>> No. 3847 Anonymous
11th May 2017
Thursday 11:18 am
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I've got an s-reg MGF. Nice little car. 120 hp, and I've done a few things with it, for example I installed a wider throttle body and a body stiffness kit.

The K-series Rover engine in it is a decent motor. A bit finnicky at times, but reliable nonetheless.

Many Fs have now reached the end of their lifespan and are going to the breaker's, but that also means spares for your own car can be had nearly on every street corner. And if you're not picky about mileage, you can get an early F with 60k-plus on the odometer for 1000 quid and under.

>> No. 3767 Anonymous
30th November 2016
Wednesday 9:43 am
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Lads, car music system retard here again.

My shitty Megane's brakes are stuck on, I was driving to work and the MPG is like half of what it usually is and it's super heavy to drive. Got out and had a look and the rear left brake is jammed on. Drove the couple of miles home again, stupidly touched the brake disc and burnt my fingers, got under the car and the... cabley bit that attached to the brake mechanism is visibly stuck on versus the other, working one.

Could this be due to the cold? My car said it was -5C this morning here.
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>> No. 3806 Anonymous
22nd February 2017
Wednesday 7:52 pm
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>> No. 3807 Anonymous
25th February 2017
Saturday 7:39 pm
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This is why I'll only ever buy Japanese cars. Maybe German too.
>> No. 3822 Anonymous
24th March 2017
Friday 5:21 pm
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Approximately how much is a windscreen repair? It's just a small chip. Can't really find anyone giving figures on the internet. They don't inform your insurer do they?
>> No. 3823 Anonymous
24th March 2017
Friday 5:42 pm
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Never mind, I found I can get a quote on Autoglass.

£134. Fuck that you fucking cunts.
>> No. 3824 Anonymous
24th March 2017
Friday 6:49 pm
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I've bought a new windscreen for less than that.

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>> No. 3811 Anonymous
9th March 2017
Thursday 5:01 pm
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So I failed my driving test today. I was too busy checking my mirrors and my lane positioning at a roundabout to notice the solid amber light which turned red as I drove past it, and I got a few minor faults for waiting behind buses when I should have come around them. It didn't help that my examiner was fairly friendly and chatty, which lulled me into complacency.

Failing is a learning experience so I'm not too bothered about it, but what really annoys me is that the next available slot for a test in my area is in the middle of June. There are cancellation checker services out there that can often find an earlier slot, but I'd probably get a cancellation for mid to late April, and in the meanwhile the skills I've built up will start to get rusty.

Is heading to somewhere a bit more depopulated or rural a good bet? I can get a test in somewhere like Cumbria or the Scottish highlands for next week. I've always wanted to see those places and the test centres there have pass rates ranging from around 60%-80% compared to 45%, so a practical exam/holiday wouldn't be as far-fetched as it initially seems.
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>> No. 3817 Anonymous
9th March 2017
Thursday 8:50 pm
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Sounds like a good idea. Don't listen tot he cunts above me. Your main aim should be to pass the test, nothing else.
>> No. 3818 Anonymous
9th March 2017
Thursday 11:43 pm
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I'm learning to drive in north London, and fuck me do people drive/cross the road like nutters around here. I did think about whether it's worth trying to get a practical test booked in Hertfordshire or something. I'll probably be limited by how far my instructor wants to go though, as I'll want to use the same car I've been learning in. Probably something to bear in mind if you decide to go on a holiday/test - worth giving yourself a solid day or two with whatever car you will use.
>> No. 3819 Anonymous
10th March 2017
Friday 1:09 am
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Go up to Borehamwood. Quiet roads, a couple of roundabouts, and a good pass rate they got.
>> No. 3820 Anonymous
11th March 2017
Saturday 9:11 pm
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But then I might have to interact with woodites *shudders*.
>> No. 3821 Anonymous
12th March 2017
Sunday 1:00 am
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The amount of females that offer suckjobs for a pass.
Is equal to the amount of females that don't know what an indicator is for.

>> No. 3808 Anonymous
3rd March 2017
Friday 8:21 pm
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Why is there less traffic on Friday mornings?
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>> No. 3809 Anonymous
3rd March 2017
Friday 8:26 pm
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It's the day of the week people are most likely to take off work. 3 day weekend, innit.
>> No. 3810 Anonymous
3rd March 2017
Friday 11:46 pm
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This. Also, when people work weekdays part-time, they're less likely to work Fridays. In our office, we've got two people who work 3-day weeks, both Tuesday-Thursday.

Friday evenings are a very different prospect, though. Lots of people getting away for the weekend.

>> No. 3797 Anonymous
5th February 2017
Sunday 11:45 pm
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Lads, do I need to declare getting a new Windscreen through my insurance as a claim when getting new quotes?
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>> No. 3798 Anonymous
6th February 2017
Monday 12:04 am
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If in doubt, declare it. Most insurers don't rate them, and most of those that do don't count it as a "proper" claim, so it might only add a few quid to your premium. Worst case if you declare it is you pay a bit more. Worst case if you don't declare it is your policy voided for material non-disclosure, with all the consequences that entails (declaring that fact for life, potential vehicle seizure, etc.).
>> No. 3799 Anonymous
6th February 2017
Monday 12:35 am
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Fair enough. Thanks chap.
>> No. 3800 Anonymous
6th February 2017
Monday 12:48 am
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Note that it's probably the dirt-cheapest that will tend to care more about it, but then again they tend to be the ones with the most awful claims handling so if you've got any sense you'll probably be avoiding them anyway.

>> No. 3753 Anonymous
26th November 2016
Saturday 8:02 pm
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I don't understand car music systems. I don't understand audio tech in general but car stuff really fucking confuses me. I just can't wrap my head around it.

I have a stock (Renault) head unit and CD changer with stock speakers. I'd like to buy a new head unit with jack/bluetooth. Will this kill the stock speakers? I don't know if all the connections and shit are standard either, I've been looking at this for a couple of days and really can't fucking understand. I'm sure I'm just being dumb.

I don't particularly want to change the speakers because I probably won't have this car for long but will probably transfer over the head unit I get.
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>> No. 3791 Anonymous
18th January 2017
Wednesday 9:38 pm
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Don't know where this came from if I'm honest. Not sure what it is.
>> No. 3792 Anonymous
18th January 2017
Wednesday 9:39 pm
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More mysterious cables.
>> No. 3793 Anonymous
18th January 2017
Wednesday 9:40 pm
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I was going to write a bit about each one but forgot what they were.
>> No. 3794 Anonymous
18th January 2017
Wednesday 9:41 pm
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Finally this is what stuck in the stock stereo. The small ones are the speaker outputs I think. How I get from those to the ones on the back of the new stereo is anyone's guess.
>> No. 3795 Anonymous
18th January 2017
Wednesday 11:24 pm
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I worked it out, turns out it's easy as pie and I was just being a mong.

Now I have to find a way of fitting it in my dash.

>> No. 3769 Anonymous
11th January 2017
Wednesday 9:07 pm
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Can anyone recommend any hands free kits?

I take it I need need blue tooth voice dialing to legally make calls.
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>> No. 3773 Anonymous
12th January 2017
Thursday 6:50 am
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Is it legal to dial a call behind the wheel?
>> No. 3774 Anonymous
12th January 2017
Thursday 11:33 am
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Legal or not, there's good evidence that it's not a particularly good idea.
>> No. 3775 Anonymous
12th January 2017
Thursday 2:32 pm
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Recent versions of Android include hands-free voice dialing and hundreds of other voice-based interactions through the "OK Google" feature. All you need is a holder and 12v charger, which you can get on eBay for about a fiver.

>> No. 3777 Anonymous
12th January 2017
Thursday 7:06 pm
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>> No. 3785 Anonymous
15th January 2017
Sunday 2:22 pm
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You may want to try Android Auto, which is meant to be designed especially for car use. Easy access to the 'driving mode' in Google maps, your music, that sort of thing.

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>> No. 3734 Anonymous
13th August 2016
Saturday 9:46 pm
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What are these markings? Can't find anything in the HC or on Google.
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>> No. 3736 Anonymous
13th August 2016
Saturday 10:16 pm
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Google knows all.
>> No. 3738 Anonymous
18th August 2016
Thursday 12:54 pm
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This seems like a good thread to put this in, and I don't know what to google to find this. There are some roads that have assigned numbers, but no classification. They are minor roads, not worthy of two numbers. I thought they might be cycling routes but searching 70, for example, (http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/route/route-70) brings up Cumbria rather than the Wirral where this road is.

What are these numbers?
>> No. 3739 Anonymous
18th August 2016
Thursday 3:57 pm
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Never mind. There are regional routes and national routes with overlapping numbers. Confusing as fuck.

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>> No. 3728 Anonymous
19th July 2016
Tuesday 8:20 pm
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I've got a copy of the 2013 Highway Code and a few driving test DVDs from 2012 which I'm finally going to start using. Did the DVLA change any rules from 2012-2016 or am I good to go with the DVDs I have?
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>> No. 3729 Anonymous
19th July 2016
Tuesday 8:48 pm
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Check their website. Something about new changes was on the paper a couple of weeks ago. Something about being asked to use your SatNav and more time with independent driving.
>> No. 3730 Anonymous
20th July 2016
Wednesday 12:24 am
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It's all going to be self-driving cars soon lad, no point doing your test.
>> No. 3731 Anonymous
20th July 2016
Wednesday 12:38 pm
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No doubt you'll need to be licensed to "operate" a self-driving car. And pay a special tax, too.
>> No. 3732 Anonymous
21st July 2016
Thursday 3:16 am
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The Highway Code changes all the time, you always take a big risk using materials that aren't current.
>> No. 3733 Anonymous
21st July 2016
Thursday 4:02 am
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The highway code is available for free online.


The theory test is absolutely piss easy. The pass mark is 43/50 and most of the answers are completely obvious. There are a few questions that require actual knowledge, but most of the questions are just a test of common sense. Take a practice test online, you'll see.

For example:

>You're driving in town. Ahead of you a bus is at a bus stop. Which of the following should you do?

> a) Flash your lights to warn the driver of your presence
> b) Continue at the same speed but sound your horn as a warning
> c) Watch carefully for the sudden appearance of pedestrians
> d) Pass the bus as quickly as you possibly can
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