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Old May 9th 2011, 6:58 pm
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Originally Posted by Sugarmooma View Post
Do you do that "follow the leader" thing that a lot of drivers do at 4 Way Stops?
I like to hesitate slightly too long to put everyone into a false sense of security, then move slightly (preferably at the same time as them) then get into a battle of furious hand waving, then move a little again, then wave while shouting loudly - seems to work
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Old May 9th 2011, 7:36 pm
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Default Re: Just moved to Texas HELP REQUIRED on Driving License

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I like to hesitate slightly too long to put everyone into a false sense of security, then move slightly (preferably at the same time as them) then get into a battle of furious hand waving, then move a little again, then wave while shouting loudly - seems to work
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Old May 9th 2011, 7:39 pm
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Default Re: Just moved to Texas HELP REQUIRED on Driving License

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I like to hesitate slightly too long to put everyone into a false sense of security, then move slightly (preferably at the same time as them) then get into a battle of furious hand waving, then move a little again, then wave while shouting loudly - seems to work
Personally, I find the old trick of flashing your headlights gets everyone else moving and you can watch the hilarity that follows. Works particularly well in the Woodlands.
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Default Re: Just moved to Texas HELP REQUIRED on Driving License

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I like to hesitate slightly too long to put everyone into a false sense of security, then move slightly (preferably at the same time as them) then get into a battle of furious hand waving, then move a little again, then wave while shouting loudly - seems to work
I also enjoy smiling whilst muttering under my breath, you were there first, just go, stop waving just go, oh bloody hell, fine I'll go then.
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Old May 10th 2011, 2:32 am
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I like to inch forward, windows lowered, arm waving and shouting "sorry, foreigner, I'm English...sorry"
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Default Re: Just moved to Texas HELP REQUIRED on Driving License

Originally Posted by ChocolateBabz View Post
Exactly - and now I just make up my own rules, especially at 4 way stops
Originally Posted by Sugarmooma View Post
Do you do that "follow the leader" thing that a lot of drivers do at 4 Way Stops?
Originally Posted by ChocolateBabz View Post
I like to hesitate slightly too long to put everyone into a false sense of security, then move slightly (preferably at the same time as them) then get into a battle of furious hand waving, then move a little again, then wave while shouting loudly - seems to work
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Personally, I find the old trick of flashing your headlights gets everyone else moving and you can watch the hilarity that follows. Works particularly well in the Woodlands.
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I also enjoy smiling whilst muttering under my breath, you were there first, just go, stop waving just go, oh bloody hell, fine I'll go then.
Originally Posted by lisa67 View Post
I like to inch forward, windows lowered, arm waving and shouting "sorry, foreigner, I'm English...sorry"

This explains why Houston is as scary place to drive. It is the only place I have been that has traffic jams at midnight....
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This explains why Houston is as scary place to drive. It is the only place I have been that has traffic jams at midnight....
I'm not in Houston, so watch out!!
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I'm not in Houston, so watch out!!
Thats ok wont be going back to Texas for a few months and Houston I will avoid for years if I can
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Thanks everyone for your help. Need to start studying as it has been a long time since I sat a test.
You can download the TX driver's handbook (just google it). Read it. It's not long. Pay attention to the teenagers and alcohol questions, that's the only ones that can't be answered using nothing but common sense. When you take the test, it's all multiple choice, you can go back and forth and the computer will tell you when you have answered enough questions correctly.
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Old May 11th 2011, 4:11 pm
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And if your husband has any thoughts about growing a beard, waiting in a Texas DPS office is a good place to start. Good luck.
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Old May 11th 2011, 4:13 pm
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And if your husband has any thoughts about growing a beard, waiting in a Texas DPS office is a good place to start. Good luck.
Go to one in a small town
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Old May 11th 2011, 4:31 pm
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Go to one in a small town
And grow a beard quicker?
Where I live (small-ish town) they have the same DPS office that they had 35 years ago when the population was 15,000. Same three counters now for a population of 49,000. Only ever two of them ever manned.

If you get there at 8am when the doors open there are usually about 20 to 30 people already there. When my daughter needed to take a driving test, they won't book appointments, you have to arrive on the day (about 7am) and hope for the best.

So we went to Taylor. That IS a small town. They have a DPS office with ONE employee. He does all the licence renewals AND takes people out on driving tests. When he has a test booked he closes the office and throws everyone out and tells them to come back in an hour. Strange really as the test takes less than 5 minutes. So you go outside and queue again in the heat.

The Texas DPS is a joke. Nothing less. And now the idiots in the Legislature want to bring out compulsory ID for voters. So all the old folks who have no driving licence will have to go to the DPS office and apply for Texas ID cards. I can see people dying in the queue!!!
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... I can see people dying in the queue!!!
cunning plan to save on medicare?
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Old May 11th 2011, 6:55 pm
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The Texas DPS is a joke. Nothing less.
That's true. I went to the DPS in Marshall, TX (because I lived in that town at that time), pop. 23,000-ish, 2 and a half people at the counter, the entire thing, computer test, vision test, driving test took about 45 minutes in total.
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Default Re: Just moved to Texas HELP REQUIRED on Driving License

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You can download the TX driver's handbook (just google it). Read it. It's not long. Pay attention to the teenagers and alcohol questions, that's the only ones that can't be answered using nothing but common sense. When you take the test, it's all multiple choice, you can go back and forth and the computer will tell you when you have answered enough questions correctly.
There was also a question on law that threw me as they don't use the same terminology. Most of it is common sense though. In a lot of places you get the option of using a computer terminal or hand written test.

I have to admit I was completely shocked and unprepared for the DPS queue. It was winter, dark and raining the first time I went and we stood in the queue, outside for the best part of 3 hours. People arrived with folding chairs and thermos!

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