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  • Hi guys, welcome back to English with Max. This video is going to be a little

  • different to what I normally do. Several of my followers have asked me to do some

  • videos in which I speak at my normal, "natural" speed, and I've also had some

  • requests for more advanced videos. So I'm going to do this video without a script

  • and I'm also going to try to do it without editing it.

  • However, I do have a few notes here so you will sometimes see me looking down. Now this

  • video is going to be about driving. I'll talk about driving in Australia, I'll talk

  • about getting your licence, I'll talk about me as a driver, and I'll also talk

  • about some of the annoying habits that people have on the road. Now this is a

  • video for advanced learners, so if you're a beginner or an intermediate learner

  • and you're finding it a bit difficult, you can turn on the subtitles.

  • I'll make proper subtitles for the video. I'll also put some vocabulary in the

  • description - so some of the terms and words that I use. Okay, so let's get

  • started. Let's talk about driving in Australia. Well, in Australia we drive on

  • the left-hand side of the road. In other words we drive on the "right" side. That

  • means that the driver's seat is on the right. Yes, we drive on the left, and the

  • driver's seat is on the right in the car. Now because this is a

  • civilised nation we have the metric system. We don't have the imperial system

  • anymore. Don't get offended about that, guys. People get so offended on the

  • internet. Um yeah... that's just a bit of tongue-in-cheek, okay? Because we have the

  • metric system, our speed limits are in kilometres per hour. The maximum speed

  • limit is 110, except in the Northern Territory where some places you can do

  • 130. We do have some places where the speed limit is technically unlimited, but

  • it's not like the autobahn in Germany, okay?

  • These are rural, country roads where you really do not want to do 150 K's an

  • hour, believe me. Right. Now let's talk about getting getting a driver's licence.

  • Well, I can only talk about Australia, and

  • actually I can only talk about my state, because it changes from state to state.

  • I also got my licence about 15 years ago - that shows my age - so it might have

  • changed a little bit since then. Now how do you get your licence? Well, firstly you

  • need to get your Ls. L stands for learner's... Learner's license or learner's

  • permit? Anyway, doesn't matter. Learner's licence. And when you have your Ls you

  • get like a yellow piece of cardboard or plastic and it's got a black L on it. And

  • yeah, you have to stick that to your car. You can get that when you're sixteen.

  • To get that you have to pass a theoretical test that's basically just about road

  • rules. We don't have to learn about parts of the car or anything, which is which is

  • good for me - or was good for me. Yes, it's a pretty easy test. It's a

  • multiple-choice test that you do on a computer. If you pass, you get your

  • learner's license. Now when you have your Ls, you can drive with a fully licensed driver.

  • I should add as well that getting your

  • licence in Australia is actually relatively cheap. I lived in Europe for a

  • few years - for several years - and at least when I was there, I know that in Germany

  • and France it cost a couple thousand euros or something like that to get your

  • licence, because you had to pay for driving classes (for professional driving

  • classes). In Australia you don't have to do that. You only have to pay like

  • administrative fees when you get... when you get your different licences, and

  • every time you sit a test. So in total it costs, I don't know, a few hundred dollars.

  • Maybe it's a bit more now, but when I went through it, I think maybe I spent $500 or

  • something like that. Um... what else? Oh yes, so you're Ls. So when you have your

  • Ls you have to drive a minimum number of hours with a licensed driver. When I

  • was doing it, it was 50 hours, but I think now it's about 120.

  • I did about 70 or 80 - that was recommended. You can technically cheat,

  • because you have to write down your hours in a log book and there isn't

  • really a way for them to check it, you know. You have to put when you started,

  • when you stopped, the number of kilometres... Yeah and then they have a

  • quick look at it. I didn't cheat because I didn't see the point

  • and I'm also always afraid of getting into trouble. But yeah, technically you

  • can cheat. So my dad taught me how to drive. He was a good teacher. A bit

  • impatient sometimes, but... but he taught me well.

  • I had one professional driving class and the instructor said that I had been

  • taught well. So yeah, props to my dad. I was lucky. Right. Then I went to my...

  • I went for my practical test. When you're 17 you can... you can get your Ps (your

  • provisional license). There are some people who get their licence on their

  • 17th birthday - they're really eager to get their licence.

  • I was pretty eager, but I think I waited 1 or 2 months. So I was 17 and 2 months

  • old or something like that. The day I got my licence was a little stressful. I mean,

  • these tests are always stressful, but when we went to the place where you

  • do your test, they... they checked the car... they checked that all the lights

  • were working, and it turned out that the brake lights weren't working. So they

  • said to us: "Well, you can go around the corner to a mechanic and, you know, maybe

  • he can fix it." So luckily we got it fixed pretty quickly and we went back and I

  • did my test and I passed the first time. Yeah. I was very happy about that. It was

  • probably the last time in my life that I parallel parked. Yeah. Now when you have

  • your provisional licence, you can drive up to 90 kilometres an hour,

  • so you can't go the full speed limit on the highway, but you can do 90. You also

  • aren't allowed to drink any alcohol. When you have your full licence... I mean, you

  • can't drink a lot of alcohol, but you can drink a little bit. So yes, you have your

  • red Ps for one year, and then when I was doing it after the one year I had to

  • go and do another test. It was... I think it was called the hazards perception test,

  • something like that. Now I think you have to do that test before you do your

  • practical test, but anyway, you get the idea. So you got your Ls for one year,

  • your red Ps for one year, and then you have your green Ps for another

  • two years. And then after that you can get your full licence.

  • What am I like as a driver? Well, I wouldn't say I'm a good driver because I

  • don't have a lot of experience driving, but I'm a very cautious driver. I know that

  • it's not very normal for a 32-year-old Australian to be inexperienced as a

  • driver, because our public transport isn't very good so normally you need to

  • drive places, but I left home when I was 18. I went to Sydney, where I lived close

  • to the city and there were lots of buses. Then when I was 20, I went to Europe and

  • I lived in big cities that had good public transport. So I haven't... I haven't

  • done a lot of driving in my life. And I can only drive automatic cars. Most

  • cars in Australia are automatic, so you don't actually need to know how to drive

  • a manual car. A friend of mine did show me like about 10 years ago - 10 or 12

  • years ago - and I drove his car a couple of times, so I know the theory, but no, I

  • can't drive manual cars. I've never had any accidents,

  • but I think that's more a question of luck, because I have a friend who's been

  • in two accidents and neither of them were her fault. One time somebody hit her

  • from behind, and another time somebody ran a red light. So yeah.

  • The funniest thing I probably did driving was when I didn't know how the

  • windscreen wipers worked, and I started them and couldn't stop them on a day

  • when it was bright and sunny. So what I wanted to do was clean something...

  • I hadn't been driving this car for very long, so I didn't really know how the

  • windscreen wipers worked and I wanted to clean them, so I sprayed the water - I wanted

  • to clean the windscreen - I sprayed the water,

  • I got it clean, but then I couldn't turn them off. I was like getting different

  • speeds, but I couldn't turn them off entirely and it was a bright, sunny day

  • and I had to drive on this main road for like ten or fifteen minutes, and I

  • couldn't park anyway. So I just had my windscreen wipers going the whole time.

  • I imagine that it probably looked quite funny to the people who were driving in

  • the other direction. One thing I don't do, though - one thing I don't get - is road rage.

  • Road rage is when people get really angry when they're driving and they

  • start shouting abuse at people, or they even like get out of their car and start

  • beating up other drivers. If you look up road rage on YouTube, you will find some

  • examples. I don't know, maybe it's because I meditate...? I don't know, I just don't get

  • angry really easily. Normally I'm just happy that, you know, I'm alive.

  • There wasn't a serious accident - yay! Always a bonus. I do swear at people

  • sometimes, though. You know, I say you know, "arsehole", "wanker".

  • But I just say it to myself, then I feel better. Now let's talk about some bad

  • driving habits. Well one thing that people do in Australia is that they

  • overtake from the left. Here you are supposed to overtake from the right.

  • To overtake is when you just go in front of somebody. So I'm here, somebody's here,

  • they go like that - that's overtaking. But some people do it from the left and it's

  • very dangerous, and yeah... annoying. However, I think the most annoying thing is

  • tailgating. Tailgating is when you drive too close to the person

  • in front of you. So if you have somebody really close behind you,

  • they are tailgating you. I don't know why people do this. It's... I don't know if it's

  • a power thing or if they're impatient or if they think they're going

  • to save five seconds in their life, but in any case, it really pisses me off.

  • Another thing that people do sometimes is not indicating. To indicate is when

  • you turn on a certain light which shows that you are going to turn right or left.

  • To be honest, this doesn't annoy me so much because I think we all occasionally

  • forget to indicate. However, there's no excuse for tailgating. Tailgaters...

  • They have issues. They do.

  • And that's it, guys. I hope you liked this video. If you did,

  • please hit the thumbs up. I think the best way for you to absorb this

  • vocabulary, is if you watch it a couple more times - if you can bear listening to

  • me! You don't necessarily have to watch it immediately, but maybe in a week or so,

  • just turn it on and watch it once or twice. If you have any questions or

  • comments, don't hesitate to put them in the comments section, and I will do my

  • best to answer them. See you next time!

Hi guys, welcome back to English with Max. This video is going to be a little

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