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    08-19-2011, 05:57 PM
Yes, I'm going to do EVERYTHING I can to pass next time! My mom called her and talked to her about it and asked her to totally explain it to her. She said that because the road was wide enough to be possibly a 4 lane - - that I should have turned sharper and drove in the "first lane". Problem is that the "first lane" is where tons of cars are all lined up parked!!!! That is where people PARK not a lane! My Uncle said when he got dinged on his test he turned into the second lane instead of the first because the first was blocked by a 2 foot snow bank. They still dinged him!!!! I mean - really!

Mom then asked her to show her where that is in the book. She said, "well, they really don't explain it well in there". So Mom asked her how I (who didn't take Driver's Ed) was supposed to know!!! She said she has talked about updating the handbook to her superiors and they haven't in the 24 years she's been there. So Mom is going to call and tell them they need to be updating their handbook or people should not be failed for it!

The woman told Mom thought that she thinks I'm an awesome driver and she felt safe the entire time and my parallel park was great. So I guess she's maybe just doing her job and following some really weird rules!
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    08-19-2011, 06:07 PM
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I'd contact foremen of that woman. For me it sounds very odd that she can fail you because of something that isn't offical(?) nor published in your study material, just because she thinks it that way. If I got that right..?
    08-19-2011, 06:22 PM
We are going higher with this. She claims it is the law - but really, first I've heard of it! And I read that driver's book from cover to cover 10+ times over the two years I've been driving. She herself said I'm a very safe driver but she dinged me on that "lane changing" where it really is a parking lane. Well, I guess we'll see. Not much I can do probably but take it again.
    08-19-2011, 08:28 PM
Non of this makes any sense! What streets and city? Maybe they are on Google Street View and we can see what you're talking about.
    08-19-2011, 09:31 PM
Just Google Thorsby, Alberta and basically any street (except the one way streets) are supposedly that way. It is just a tiny town - I'm really confused. I really don't get why you should be driving where people park!!! A lot have homes along there and that is where they park. To be weaving in and out of lanes seems really weird!
    08-19-2011, 09:39 PM
Awesome, the town has Google Street View:

Thorsby, Alberta - Google Maps

Take that street for example, it's wide enough that it could be 2 lane traffic going each direction... but it's lacking any markings to indicate such. I checked other random streets in the town and same thing, I can't really see what they are talking about not being in the closest lane... what a load of bull**** if you ask me!

I hate when people always say "the lady had it out for me, that's why I failed..." but in this case, it seems very possible, lol. What a horrible person. I've also had bad luck at the Registry of Motor Vehicles, I'm convinced they get off making peoples life's difficult knowing you have no say in the outcome if it doesn't go in your favour.
    08-19-2011, 10:26 PM
The other things she docked me for that I mentioned were certainly fair! Not looking enough at the railroad, hesitancy at the one 4 way stop - that made sense. And I do need to remember to shoulder check to the right. I certainly wouldn't say "she was just out to fail me" for that. But even my mom is real annoyed about this other thing. It does not even make sense that you would drive where tons of vehicles are always parked. And believe me, a lot park along the streets there. I will almost have to be weaving back and forth between lanes, shoulder checking and signaling. And yes, there are no signs saying that it could be 2 lane. I just don't see how that is a fail worth "offense". Eek! I sure hope I manage to pass the next time!
    08-19-2011, 10:31 PM
The best thing about failing is that now you know what to expect next time.

If they way it works in Alberta is the same as in BC, keep in mind that they are only allowed to pass a certain number of people per month. Perhaps they were coming close to their quota and therefore were being more tough on you? The second time I failed the guy told me, "You are ready for your license, you just need more practice."

But what can you do aside from try again? You can't get a license by fighting with them - everyone has to take the same test. So I just ignored it and got my license a week later with no faults.
    08-19-2011, 10:55 PM
Wow! That is weird that he would say you were ready, but needed to practice more! Yikes! Well, I'll have to plan my next test for September when they aren't nearing their quota! That is good to know - I never knew that.

We aren't really planning on fighting - but the examiner herself said that the book is not clear at all on those lanes on the streets. So, we are just saying, that since not everyone takes Driver's Ed, it should be made very clear in the book, so that students can read it and pass, rather than spending a lot of money and still failing for something they had not had the opportunity to learn. If I had known, I would have practiced that and probably passed just fine.
    08-19-2011, 11:36 PM
How long do you have to wait before you can take a re-test?

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