Thanks The Dude :P
Well in learning to drive up to your test date, they teach you from the basics. This is the clutch, this is the brake etc etc. The test itself looks at Duel Carriageway driving (smaller motorways at the same speed), Parking manoeuvres, turning manoeuvres and reversing around corners. Also general safety aspects, checking your mirrors all the time, blind spot checks, changing gears smoothly, eco-safe driving (:P), and just general being sensible and not a race driver :) It's quite straight forward to be honest.
contract a certified driving instructor to give you instruction in a modified car (instruction cars are required to be modified with an extra set of brake pedals for the instructor and extra mirrors among other things).
Pass a written test on traffic law, signage, etc.
And after that pass a driving test with an examiner from the government institute responsible for those things.
When you pass all that you get a piece of paper you can use to (at city hall) get your driver's license.
it is facinating to read these post about driving and speed and roundabouts, ( not called that in USA) and they are very few, i guess 99% of US driver would fail a driving test in england,,,,,, yet 100% of english would pass in the USA, hmmm,,, personally i was self taught, with a stick shift, came to the US and ace the test, if you want speed in NY you would have to hit the 87 going toward canada.
>>not called that in USA
I always call them that but probably because the first time I encountered them was when I went to UK in the 1970s. I've also heard them called turning-circle. We have one about 20 miles from where I live in another town that I pass frequently and you would laugh at the way people drive in them -- or attempt to. Roundabouts are so rare here that most Americans don'w know how to navigate them.