I failed my first test because I turned right on a red light that was a No Turn. It was, when pedestrians are present. They were no damn pedestrians. I also wasn't "confident" enough, because I guess you have to be calm when being judged on your driving ability that determines whether or not you can get yourself to school and anywhere else because your dad's about to go in the hospital for a hip replacement and won't be able to drive anywhere.
The next time I took my test, I was about 10x more nervous because two instructors went with me. I passed, though.
Yeah, I failed my driving test the first time because I couldn't park for the life of me I didn't hit any cones though. According to the instructor I was driving with, I used up all three turns of pulling out so that failed me (and I only used two... and everyone watching agreed that it was only two tries). Passed it pretty easily the second time though, even without my glasses (which I am supposed to wear).
My dad taught me how to drive, and he had a set of cones from work (former linesman for Verizon)... he would set the cones up so that I had to fit the car perfectly in between. There was no fucking room for error God, I hated that crap!
At my first attempt at the driving test, I passed everything despite being nervous and unprepared because I didn't know my stepdad was taking me there until I realized we weren't on the way home. The the test guy failed me because I fucked up parking in the lot at the very end.
Eh, take what you can from it. When you're parking make sure you look all around you constantly. Take your time. A lot of people get so focused on looking behind them that they don't realize their front end has swung around.
I wish they would. Just every five years or so. Some people get their license and think they can throw everything they've learned out the window, or sometimes old people keep driving even though they can't see properly anymore.
It should be required every few years anyways. You're operating a machine that has the potential to kill or seriously injure tons of people. We make people redo their gun licenses and CPR tests every few years, there's no reason people shouldn't have to redo their driving tests. Even the best drivers get into bad habits or start to forget the laws after a while.
My dad teaches motorcycle courses and I occasionally come down to help with the tests. You need a driver's license to get a motorcycle license, and sometimes we have people who literally cannot hear the whistles used for training. I know it's loud being on top of a motorcycle and the helmet muffles some noise, but the only people who ever can't hear the whistles are seniors. It's dangerous because that whistle is supposed to simulate an ambulance siren, or a train whistle, or anything that could potentially threaten your life. It really makes you wonder how they're able to drive around practically deaf, and if they should be allowed to drive at all.
For purely selfish reasons, I like not having to be retested. I go to the DMV as infrequently as I possible can, and I have no positive memories of the place. Unfortunately, though, I agree with you. Operating a vehicle is something that takes responsibility, knowledge, and awareness, and you put other people at risk when you do it incorrectly.