Commenter Of The Day: Italians Do It Better Edition

I studied the Italian language with the hopes of learning a different sort of Italian tongue for two years in college. It never happened and my grasp of the language is only cosi cosi. I did learn to appreciate the relaxed relationship Italians have with diet, time, and personal boundaries thanks to my authentic Italian professors, which doesn't explain my poor performance in class. At least I never failed a test as badly as this teen license hopeful. Oh well, mantaTM thinks those cool Italians can help him out.

When I think that in France we have to drive at least 20 hours with an instructor, pass a theory test (where the failure rate is roughly 30-35%), then pass a 30 minutes length driving test, with at least 2 manoeuvers (ex: parallel parking and regular parking, or a reverse with tricks...), and where we can be asked to open the bonnet and explain where goes the oil, where goes the washer fluid, and even explain how to change a tires or a lamp......... and with a failure rate of 40-45%.....

Well, when I think about all that, I kinda feel like driving in France is a lot safer than anywhere else.......

Another story : you can buy (yes, seriously, buy) your driving license in Italia... As long as you know ow to start the car, and drive forward for 100 meters or so, and with the addition of a couple 100s euros, it's a pass for you...

This was part of a large back-and-forth regarding driving standards with pauljones. It's worth a read.