Thursday, January 15, 2009

UK Driving License

London Marathon Training: Week 5 of 19
Today’s target run: 30 minute run

A year seems like a long time to get something done when you are looking at those 12 months in the future. The reality is that 12 months can fly by in the blink of an eye when you are not paying attention.

Such is the case with me, as I have about 3 weeks remaining to train, study and take my UK theory and practical driving tests before the Texas License is usable. You see, there is the 12 month grace period that US citizens are allowed IF there state driving license does not transfer. Yes, as a middle-aged woman, I am having to sit for a driving license once again in my life. I had 12 months to get that done, and as procrastinators we all are at some point, I have left it to the very end.

For those of you who are thinking the obvious question, let me preempt your query. No, the Texas Driver's License does not automatically transfer for a UK Driver's License, which, by the way, is the case in over 35 of the 50 states in the US. So, sister here is gearing up for the first in a sequence of driving events to become UK driving compliant.

Step One: Take a couple of driving lessons...set for a little over a week. After rising VERY early on a Saturday to put in my 2 1/2 hour marathon training run, I then get to practice my driving skills for two hours with a driving instructor on the streets and motorways of London...Saturdays just do not get any more fun and action-packed than that.

Step Two: study my theory booklet and sit for my theory test. Ugh...that pains me to even contemplate.

Step Three: When (not if) I pass the theory test AND the driving instructor thinks I am good to go on the road, make an appointment for a practical driving test.

And yes, all of this must be done by February 4th or the Hachie Gals' driving comes to an abrupt halt until all is completed. The tube/bus scenario to work may become a reality once again...

I recognize that even posting this on the blog potentially requires that I inform you of any failure to pass these drivign tests. I guess I need all the motiviation I can get. Keep you posted.

PS - The Budman does NOT have to sit for his UK Driver's License. Interesting reason that I will save for another post.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

HY -- can you tell me where to find out which states are eligible and not?

-- MY

Hachie Gal said...

my bad...in Germany, it is state specific...in the UK..it is all states...so you get to take a driving test. Welcome to my world.

Jim said...

I would have thought there would be an EU thing about transfering your German License?

I guess the left hand drive thing makes them a little more weary. By the way, is a German drivers license still valid for life.