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Old 03-29-2006, 08:15 AM   #1
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I never got my driver's license in America, so now that I have some free time over here I decided to start the process.

Of course, driving a country in the Eastern Mediterranean is a bit trickier than driving in the United States...and by a bit trickier, I mean about 5 times per day I wish I had a TOW launcher on the top of the student car

The roads are very, very tiny in standard Mediterranean faire, and road rules are seldom if ever enforced by the police...pushing through intersections, parking on the side of the road and thus blocking traffic in the right lane, squeezing three cars into a two lane road that isn't painted so it's really only technically one lane, etc etc.

To get a license (reshion nehiga in hebrew) in Israel there are minimum 28 lessons with a private tutor mandatory, a full medical exam, a written exam that covers the rules of the road AND basic mechanics (how to repair problems, etc), and finally a road test.

Right now I'm done with 15 of the 28 lessons and the medical exam, and the manual is giving me a serious migraine headache since half the time the english translation is so bad I almost wish I had the hebrew book.

Already I've nearly gotten into a couple accidents (all of which were the fault of the crazy Israelis trying to cut me off or cutting across 4 lanes of traffic with less than 2 seconds notice), killed the clutch 7 or 8 times (he has it tweaked so if you make any mistake the car gives you a big then dies...) and the highlight so far of my learning process: the teacher's car broke down and started smoking at the end of one of the lessons a couple weeks ago. The mechanic he went to apparently fucked up the whole car when he installed the starter a few hours before my lesson, and I was the lucky contestant who got to find that out

But the good news is, I'll be able to drive in the States too after this since I'll get my international license at the same time

That's assuming I don't die in the process...
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The amazing part to me still is that in only 4 months you leanred enough Hebrew to be able to actually take a lesson.

What is the process for getting a international licence renewed? Or if your back in the states full time by then will you just get a regular drivers licence?

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The amazing part to me still is that in only 4 months you leanred enough Hebrew to be able to actually take a lesson.

What is the process for getting a international licence renewed? Or if your back in the states full time by then will you just get a regular drivers licence?

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My international one will just be a supplement to the reshion nehiga which translates the information so english speaking officers can read it...after 30 days or so I believe I have to get a regular american one. Renewing an international one is just a fee I have to pay, I believe.

It'll be nice to have the experience driving here though, since it'll make driving in the states so much easier since the roads are huge.
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hehe You'll get pulled over for swerving all over the lane. The cop will ask you what your doing and you'll just tell him how amazed you are at the road width and wanted to use it all.

If your lucky, he will just walk away confused.

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True story. Tell him you were dodging all those bombs and whatnot ya'll got over there
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Funny you should mention that, Jake... I've used that one...


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Funny you should mention that, Jake... I've used that one...
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