Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The day I got my Indian Driving license

Many say it the easiest to get a driving license in US… you have to follow step 1 step 2 and in such simple steps you will have the liberty to drive down the highway topping 110km (70miles) per hour…. Where as in my case I had separate story….

To get my US driving license I would have visited more number of time then an average person would visit DMV in his lifetime….

I do have numerous posts written narrating the experience I had… All Past Experience 

So as I am back in Pune, It’s time I go the though process of obtaining a valid Indian Driving license … however I needed to get license for both four-wheeler and two-wheeler.

So I joined a driving school the one near to my home…. 

Day one, when I registered it was very promising…. I was told no need to worry…. You just have to attend 22 session + one Ghat (hilly terrain) session and you will be good to clear exam and full of confidence in driving road, and yeah did I mention they also had night driving session separately.

So Following day I had get my learner license, I was all geared up and waiting in line at the RTO Road Traffic Office) to give an online exam (multiple choice) you need to score 60% and you are good.

Fortunately or unfortunately I flunked the exam, faulty operating system, it crashed and I was asked to appear the following day…  

So next day will full confidence I was back again…. And this time around I scored 95% in 20 questions….

I could see my license in hand in next month time….

It was a long short dreams as I took 75 days to wrap up 22 day session, many did scare me that as you had made them wait to finish your class they would make you run for your license….

However earlier this Monday morning I was told to be at RTO by 10:30 and from there onwards they would proceed to the location where we were to have our driving test….

First it was two-wheeler… before to that a small confession all this years when I used to ride my bike I never had a proper license the one which I termed invalid as it barely had details left on it was I lucky all these time, I was never stopped or do I need to say was never caught by traffic officer.

First it was Two-wheeler drive test, their were more then 20+ people who wanted to get ‘License to Ride’ we were asked to be in line of 2 and were asked to drive some 300meter and take a U turn and ride back, volla that was it, I cleared my two-wheeler license.

Next in line it was 4-Wheeler, RTO instructor co-driver seat, and then he gave bunch of instruction which I had to follow, change gear multiple times, turn left turn right, and get to a halt. That was it…. I am licensed to Drive for next 15 years phew…..

Its time to get rid of the ‘Red Colored L sticker’ from the car…. Hmmmm on second though let it be their let other be a nit more cautious for some more time… ‘Student Drive’ run for your insurance….

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