The UK practical exams supposedly tougher than the US ones. In the US, it's basically "Can you get from point A to point B without dying?"
I'm not sure about the difference in the written exams, but I've always been an information sponge and good at testing, so it was a breeze for me.
I remember when I was tested the first time in South Africa, I was really worried about parallel parking, so practised like crazy. I could not afford driving lessons, basically taught myself to drive. Did that illegally of course in an old and battered VW. But the anti-climax was when the traffic cop who tested me did not even ask me to do parallel parking. I got the feeling he thought I was a good driver .... I sometimes wonder whether it all has to do with the appearance of self-confidence. Anyway, I was lucky and got passed the first time. My second test was in Canada when I had to do the whole thing over again when I emigrated. It was a little tricky as I had to change from driving on the left side to the right side. Exactly the same thing happened. It was basically just a perfunctory test. Couldn't have been longer than 10 minutes or maybe a little longer. He did not ask me to do parallel parking! When I moved to the UAE I was lucky as one can transfer your driver's license to UAE without a test. I only needed to do an eye test. Don't know whether I will have to do the test again when I get back to Canada. Hopefully I'll be able to transfer the whole thing back. Otherwise I will have to be tested again.
The whole reason they drive on the left is so that back in the old days they could attack the people they're passing with their right hand.
From the sound of things, everything is different in California. I didn't have to parallel park... They don't make us do that. Nobody parallel parks anymore. We don't have to do any emergency stopping or anything of that sort. I failed to yield to oncoming traffic at a yield sign and she still passed me. lol.
Apparently we drive faster than everyone else in the country as well... I'm not sure I believe that one, but tourists are usually very angry about our speed. In my area, speeds on the freeway are like 75-80mph.
They'll pull out in front of you without a care in the world, because they have a gargantuan SUV, then look at you like you're evil when you honk at them or tell them go "Go shove a cactus up your ---".
I noticed the same thing when I went to Charleston SC. It's a whole different world compaired to here in northeastern Indiana. Those guys drive like ----ing maniacs. I'm going down there again next weekend. Not really looking forward to it.