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Monday, February 22, 2010

Getting a driving license in Romania

This post has been inspird by a very nice post of Piglet in France.I found her blog while rambling over the net and loved it. Her post was about driving in France and the right priority rule :)) My post is related to driving, right priority rule in Romania and preparing for the driving license test.

Not only to take a driving license is a dreadful complicated thing, but learning for the test itself is boring and hard work, like the kind of hard work one has to put in a most important exam. You have 30 minutes to decide the right answer and u have to answer 26 questions .You can have only 4 mistakes ....

Until 3 years ago I was a proud pedestrian and used the car only when I was a passenger in a taxi. But I had to take my driving license because my husband insisted I had to and bought me a car so I couldn't avoid driving. Learning for the driving license test was hard, nasty and completely un-rewarding. Lots of signs and hundreads of hypotetical driving quizes, learning by heart all the driving rules in the Law Code... bla, bla, bla ...

I am proud to say that after 4 month of learning daily I passed the test with an A+ .... Oh, I was very happy and eager to start driving but I soon found out I had to face now a new nightmare- that of dealing with the Romanian trafic and Romanian men driving a car ( a human specie u don't wanna meet, trust me).

The photos below are only a fewbfrom the hundreds  the candidates  had to solve on subjects related to non-marked junctions and the order of engaging in crossing :))
Have fun looking at them :))
Now they don't seem complicated but at that time I was horrified and had to over learn the driving rules to get it right :))


  1. " Lots of signs and hundreads of hypotetical driving quizes, learning by heart all the driving rules in the Law Code... bla, bla, bla ..."
    and of course you forget all of that stuff as soon as you walk out of the test :)

    Love the diagrams - I don't think I'd have passed my driving test if I'd had to work those ones out!

    Are Romanian men more macho then French and Italian then?

  2. Hi Rosabell, I came across this article yesterday and thought it would be fun for you to read:

    Romanian street sign warns drivers of 'drunk pedestrians'
    Street signs warning Romanian drivers to be careful of drunken pedestrians lying on roads were erected by road safety chiefs worried about the "despairing" levels of accidents.


    Is it true?

  3. yes :)) The mayor of the village somehow 'invented' this sign , because the sign it is not an official one. He pretends he is acting on the benefit of his fellow-citizens but everybody in the village is angry with what he did :))) You see, I don't know what is the situation in all the other countries but in Romania all major roads are crossing the villages and towns right through their very center, so, if you have to travel about 50 km is likely you will have to cross from tip to toe at least 10 villages. It drives drivers crazy, it makes them angry, frustrated and eager to speed whenever they can. On the other hand, the number of accidents ,especially in small villages, where the whole village is lined along the road is increasing.

    Still, I think the mayor did a most stupid thing and his signs will not last longer than he will in the village hall :))

  4. and, it is only one case( one sign only in a tiny village next to hungarian border) so, I don't get it why it apears as " chiefs" and "signs' in the article, because we are talking about a tiny village, a cafe bar and one single sign( invented and put next to it by a stupid village mayor in front of the cafe bar) :)))

    his 15 minutes of fame, I guess :))

  5. its the press isn't it? always ready to blow things out of proportion for a story. In this case it is crazy and when you hear the true version of events then you can understand more. That story did leave me to believe that Romania had a problem with drunks - probably more the case in the UK!!!

    Yes, we have the same things with the main roads going through the middle of villages and towns here. The lorries often take the roads instead of paying the peage on the motorway or to arrive at their destination once they leave the motorway. Its dreadful and lots of people in heavily affected villages campaign for by-passes but I don't know of a singe one where its actually been done. Its a shame but at the same time it brings business into the centre of those towns as people stop to eat, drink and buy stuff...