Jsem řidič

After passing all my driving tests last week, I guess I am now eligible for a Czech driver’s license.  I only started getting serious about obtaining a Czech driver’s license 4 months ago, after living here for more than a year now.   One can get by with an International Driving Permit, but this is only good for one year.  Since we are here indefinitely, there is the inevitable need for me to obtain a Czech Driver’s license.   Obtaining a Czech driver’s license is quite a process.

In the beginning, I thought I could convert either one of my “other” driving licenses, since I already own 2, from 2 different countries.  I tried.  Unfortunately, I learned that I still need to go through the whole process all over again.  Classes in English were only offered in Prague.  Hence, I had to periodically endure the  1 hour commute to attend my classes, although I missed most of the theoretical lessons and only completed the compulsory behind-the-wheel sessions.  In retrospect, I think doing it all over again was well worth it.

Unlike the other cities where I obtained my other licenses, testing here in Czech is a tad more complicated.  One has to undergo three tests – a computer test on rules of the road and first aid, a verbal vehicle maintenance test, and finally a behind the wheel test.  Honestly, I have to say that these intimidated me a lot.  First, because my language proficiency is not at an intermediate level.  Second,  because failure was not an option.  With the help of a court appointed interpreter, I managed to answer all the questions of the rules and vehicle maintenance tests correctly.  Then came the behind-the-wheel test the following day.  Although it was freezing that day, I managed to sweat.  That’s how nervous I was.  The examiner only spoke Czech so my driving school teacher had to give me the instructions in English.   After probably 10 minutes of driving, (which felt like forever to me), the examiner told me to pull over to one side and flatly said I passed the test.  I almost squealed with joy, but the mood inside the car was  so serene, I had to conceal my emotions.

After going through the whole process, I feel like a huge weight had just been lifted off my shoulders.  Sure I can drive, but I feel more confident now that I am fully aware of all the rules of the road and its possible dangers.  Now I am proud to say that I am a Prague driver, a Los Angeles driver and a Manila driver.  So sit tight. Buckle your seat belts. Let’s go!

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16 thoughts on “Jsem řidič

  1. Gunta December 7, 2012 / 9:05 am

    Congratulations!!! The testing sounds like quite an ordeal.

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    • Grace December 7, 2012 / 6:00 pm

      Thanks, Gunta! I have to admit. It’s the hardest driving test I’ve ever had. 🙂

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    • Grace December 7, 2012 / 6:00 pm

      Yup, trying to fight the system was. But it was quite a relief at the end of the day. 🙂

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  2. 68ghia December 7, 2012 / 12:33 pm

    Congrats Grace 😉
    I have to admit, don’t think I could ace any driving test now – been driving too long, too many bad habits 😉

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    • Grace December 7, 2012 / 5:59 pm

      Thanks, JC! That was my fear in the behind-the-wheel test. Old habits die hard. I had to put in a lot of concentration just to pass it. 🙂

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  3. wildfiberknits December 7, 2012 / 3:51 pm

    Congrats Grace! Gave me flash back memories about obtaining my drivers license in the Netherlands and the States! So far I have decided to not go for one here in Ecuador, the gentle folks here turn into short fused maniacs once they get behind the wheel!
    Enjoy your road trips!

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    • Grace December 7, 2012 / 5:54 pm

      I think Ecuador might be like Manila. Heat may have something to do with it too. LOL 🙂

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  4. Mylene December 7, 2012 / 5:09 pm

    Congratulations! And how is the driving there? Are they aggressive?

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    • Grace December 7, 2012 / 5:53 pm

      Driving here can sometimes be hair-raising because yes, some drivers are aggressive. It’s almost like driving in Manila but with trams. 🙂

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  5. mixedupmommy December 7, 2012 / 6:11 pm

    We need a three part test here in the States! Of course, it’s easy for me to say that when I already have mine.
    Thanks for checking out my blog :). I went to Prague back in 2004. Would love to see more of the country!

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  6. adinparadise December 8, 2012 / 1:16 am

    Congratulations to you, Grace. You did so well to pass. 🙂

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  7. wanderingmiyagi December 12, 2012 / 7:46 am

    Congratulations on passing the test. I myself was able to fudge out of taking a driving test, as I got my license automatically after a few courses.(strange legal loophole.) Unfortunately for me, I paid the price in other ways, lol.

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    • Grace December 13, 2012 / 10:30 pm

      Thank you! After a few courses? a loophole indeed. Maybe every city has its own. I hope it was worth it, although you paid for it in other ways. LOL Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

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  8. jalal michael sabbagh.http://gravatar.com/jmsabbagh86@gmail.com December 27, 2012 / 1:20 am

    Congratulation .new step towards the future.Have a wonderful new year.jalal

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