Thursday, March 29, 2007


It took 17 years of driving in the states, followed by three failed tests, two driving lessons and about 1,500 Shekels, but I am now the proud holder of an Israeli Driver's license.


Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

I thought that if you fail 2 tests, you have to take it a full 28 lessons?

March 30, 2007 6:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lucky you.

March 30, 2007 8:46 AM  
Blogger Air Time said...

OC -

After failing two tests you need to take the written test. You can fail that as often as you like, at 116 NIS a pop, until you pass, but you can only take it on Tuesdays, from what I could tell.

I failed my first written test, then got a perfect score the second time.

I was told by my original instructor that if I failed the driving test a third time I would need to take 28 lessons, but I was told by my second driving instructor, who made sure that I passed, that I would not have needed all the lessons.

I found that it is a very subjective experience, and the instructor has a lot of say as to whether or not you pass.

Since a failed test means more money for the instructor, there is a built-in bias against the driver.

April 01, 2007 3:35 AM  
Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

I'm looking for a good driving instructor, can you give me the name of your second driving instructor? Does he speak English?

April 01, 2007 6:38 AM  
Blogger Air Time said...

OC -

My second instructor was a guy named Elco, who lives in Modiin.

I would recommend him if youa re switching over a US license as an Oleh. He doesn't speak jmuch English, but if you are only looking for one lesson and a test I would definitely recommend using an Israeli who does not speak english well and is not trying to screw olim.

From my experience, I have learned that the driving instructor and the tester get together to decide whether or not to pass the student. Since my instructor did not like that I only took one lesson with him before insisting on a test, I didn't pass. When I took it a second time without another lesson, he fialed me again.

When I called Elco, without telling him who my first istructor was he said that it was a "Buusha" what this kippa-wearing driving instructors were doing to olim.

So assuming you already have a license, know how to drive and don't need lessons, find a guy who no one uses who likes olim.

April 01, 2007 6:48 AM  

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