• Jan 7, 2011
No more online Learner's Permit option for Florida drivers – Click above to watch video after the jump

If you live in Florida and are getting ready to take the test to get you're learner's permit, you better head to Google Maps and find the location of the nearest DMV. For the past decade, potential new drivers had the option of taking their permit test online. This practice just came to a screeching halt when they found that a large percentage of drivers passing the online test failed the in-person version. How large? Over 50 percent.

Emotions are predictably mixed, but we're all for fine-tuning a program that gives people the privilege of piloting two-ton murder mobiles. Having smarter drivers on the road leads to a better motoring experience for all of us. It's even plausible that a more knowledgeable pool of drivers could lead to fewer accidents and reduced insurance premiums.

Hop the jump to view My Fox Orlando's segment on the matter.

[Source: My Fox Orlando]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      For those of you out there still looking for a way to get ready for your written test from home, here's a free Florida Permit Practice Test: http://driving-tests.org/florida/florida-permit-practice-test/

      No registration, no payments whatsoever. Take it as many times as needed :)

      Hope this helps!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lol, what did they expect, I could pass any test online.. its called Google
      • 4 Years Ago
      1 "can't pass test in real life"

      2 "get you're learner's permit"

      sigh
        Roberta Petrie
        • 1 Year Ago
        you're means you are. they were right on that one sorry
          Kir
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Roberta Petrie
          They meant "take the test to get you are learner's permit"? Yeah, that doesn't make any sense.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It took them a decade to figure out people cheat while taking online tests? I mean I know the DMV is bureaucratic, but come on...
      permittestpractice
      • 2 Years Ago
      There might be some mixed opinion, but overall this step should help new drivers better prepare for the permit test, which will then cause less accidents. Would be interesting to follow Florida DMV's road statistics next year to see the impact. For all those new drivers, you can practice the FL permit test for free at - http://www.permittestpractice.com/fl-florida/florida-practice-permit-test/ Good luck and safe driving :-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Having moved away from Miami to Central FL, the first question I would ask is, "Can they READ English to begin with??" I think thats the first concern...
      • 4 Years Ago
      There are a lot of holes with this story. First off, what was the time period between the persons taking the exam online and passing, and then being retested and failing? If it's anything more than a few days, the results they found are not surprising. People forget so much material once they leave the learning context that it's not surprising they might have seen a 50% drop. And did they retest a group of people that went to the physical class to check their findings? Scientific method people. For all we know the people who attended in person would score just as badly. What is the real difference between taking a test on paper with a pen, and taking it with a screen and mouse? Yes you can cheat when you're alone at home but you can also do so in person if the instructor isn't paying attention. And, how up-to-date was this online test? If states are strapped for cash, feasibly this could have gotten left by the side of the road so to speak. A bit unlikely given how common a service it is, but still. After seeing this I have more questions than answers.

      This is the kind of stuff people learn only long enough to pass, and then dump it out of their brain. Take AZ for example. Here you can get your license at 16, and then never have to renew it until you're 65. that's plenty of time to forget more than anyone ever knew about driving in public.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Am I the only one disturbed by the fact that the reporter was reporting from her car, while she was driving.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree, while she was looking down into the seat at the camera i said to her "keep your eyes on the road!!!"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't they have Driver Ed. anymore in high school? wow. They're making kids learn Spanish in 1st grade, but they took away the driving course?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now if only they'd make the exams an order of magnitude harder, and include more about keeping right and less about speed limits, we'd be getting somewhere.

      Oh, and renewing your license should only be marginally easier. Just because you got your license in 1963 and have a ton of experience, doesn't necessarily make you a good driver.



        • 3 Years Ago
        a million bucks says that 220v is the WORST driver the average person would encounter in any given day. The ones that act like they are so great are ALWAYS the ones oblivous to how bad they are driving and causing so many near accidents behind them.

        My guess is you also tlak about how automatics are for girls and act as if your driving "skills" makes ou superior at life. Sad reall. Your life, I mean.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good 'ole lax Florida DMV's. When I was in college I went into the DMV and recited my cousin's name, address and social security number (with his permission) and got a very real fake ID with my own photo on it....they even scanned it at bars and it always worked.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Each application should be accompanied by a professional drivers school diploma.
      The nat,l rate of accidents would fall by 90%
        • 4 Years Ago
        The rate of accidents would fall in some places (like here on long island) if people would just slow down. Long island is all twisty roads and roads with LA like traffic (one par tof the LIE has been voted the most congested road in america beating out LA)

        Our roads were made with 40mph and people are always dying because they are smashing into trees at 80mph.
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