To the point: Changing the driving culture

"Why on earth should learning to drive an automatic car take 28 lessons?!"

By SHIRLEY ZAUER
August 13, 2017 18:43
3 minute read.
Vehicles drive on a highway in the central Israeli city of Tel Aviv December 17, 2013.

Vehicles drive on a highway in the central Israeli city of Tel Aviv December 17, 2013. . (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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IN 2003, toward the end of my first three years in Israel (the grace period for converting a foreign license to an Israeli one), I realized that I couldn’t put off the conversion test any longer. So, I had a couple of lessons – and then I broke my right arm. And so began the race against time.

I wrote to the relevant authorities and asked for an extension as the cast might not be off in time to take a test. As the deadline approached without a response, I realized I would have to take drastic action. I scheduled another driving lesson and booked a test. Still no response from the Licensing Bureau. Wearing a steel-reinforced wrist brace, I took the test, passing it the first time. A few days later, I received permission to delay it.

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