28.09.2011 - 28.09.2011 35 °C
As some of you know driving in some parts of the world is, how shall we say, challenging! Well Saudi is no different, not too many rules adhered to, freestyle type driving. So what better way to help me cope as an Expat than the Saudi Arabian driving test.
I have 15 years of relatively safe driving behind me on the UK roads, but in order to drive the company pool car I needed to take the test.
Cue a visit to the Dallah Driving School in Riyadh. After photos, blood type, a letter from the company, a medical report it was down town with a broker. 30 minutes of hanging around and 2 windows that stamped documents it was off to the test room.
So we were sat there with my friend Darren looking out the single door at the really beat up Toyota Cressida, off it sets with a Student. 30 seconds later "That's the same car" " Can't be" "It is I'm sure". So we get to the front of the queue - and here's the test....
Click on the Satellite Option on map above.
We were in the crescent shaped building in the middle - the car was outside. The examiner just told me to drive - "Where?" "Round the roundabout" And that was the test - round the artificial roundabout, 20 seconds later just come to a stop where you started.
30 mins and 2 windows later I had my driving licence :-)