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Reading a number plate - self test

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Re: Reading a number plate - self test

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Postby tlf67482 » May 14th, 2024, 7:52 pm

A few hints (some probably already mentioned):

1. There is some debate but stand five car lengths away from a parked car (some say four car lengths but I am sure I read somewhere they suggested five car lengths)

2. Open Google Maps and right click and select Measure Distance. Find somewhere where cars come to a stop (at a junction or traffic lights) and measure 20m from this point. Zoom in and have a reasonable idea where to stand to be 20m away - some locations will not be safe but it shouldn't take long to find somewhere where you can stand on the pavement and be 20m away from a never ending stream of random standing cars.

3. Not sure on this one but I believe the car should be stopped and there should be good visibility.

4. If you are doing a measurement obviously make sure you test cars that are coming toward you otherwise it is cheating ;)

5. When you go for an eye test they should be able to tell you whether you meet the minimum requirements for driving with / without glasses.

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Re: Reading a number plate - self test

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Postby UncleEbenezer » May 15th, 2024, 7:06 am

tlf67482 wrote:3. Not sure on this one but I believe the car should be stopped and there should be good visibility.

Doesn't the driving test take whatever the visibility is on the day - so random (though seasonal) for the individual?
4. If you are doing a measurement obviously make sure you test cars that are coming toward you otherwise it is cheating ;)

If they're moving, you're never going to be able to judge the moment. The traffic lights idea could work well if you have a clear line of sight.
5. When you go for an eye test they should be able to tell you whether you meet the minimum requirements for driving with / without glasses.

In principle, they could tell you a whole lot more than a simple-minded test about whether your eyesight is up to the job. But that would need the right legal framework, both to specify what's tested and to deal with things like liability. Perhaps every driving licence should be made contingent on an eyesight test, as evidenced by an optician's certificate issued (say) not more than ten years ago - and maybe reduce the time interval once you qualify for the bus pass?

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Re: Reading a number plate - self test

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Postby bungeejumper » May 15th, 2024, 9:08 am

UncleEbenezer wrote:Perhaps every driving licence should be made contingent on an eyesight test, as evidenced by an optician's certificate issued (say) not more than ten years ago - and maybe reduce the time interval once you qualify for the bus pass?

If you can't read the number on the bus, your problems are only just beginning. Who knows where you'll end up? :lol:

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