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Do people actually get these questions wrong?

11 February 2010 No Comment

Ok, so I’m studying for my driving theory test, and most of the questions are pretty straight forward, you just need a little common sense.

But some of the questions are, well, a little disturbing…

Here’s an example:

An adult casualty is not breathing.  To maintain circulation, compressions should be given.  What is the correct depth to press?

A. 1 to 2 centimetres
B. 4 to 5 centimetres
C. 10 to 15 centimetres
D. 15 to 20 centimetres

I had to read this question a couple of times.  Are there really people out there that think compressions should be 15 to 20 centimetres deep?!  Like the casualty doesn’t have enough problems not being able to breathe, let’s add broken ribs to the list.  Please people, if any of you think you can press down on someone’s ribcage 15 to 20 centimetres, never, ever, offer to help at the scene of an accident.

Which brings me to my next question – why are these questions on my DRIVING test?

There’s an entire section of questions under the category of accidents. Am I applying to drive a car or become a paramedic? Half of the questions start with “You arrive at the scene of an accident…” Why would I arrive at the scene of an accident?! I’m in a car. Could you imagine what would happen if there was a crash on the motorway, and every single new driver thought to themselves “I know what to do!” and pulled over to the hard shoulder to try and treat people with burns, and people who are unconscious? What is the DVLA thinking?

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