I listened today, in amazement, to a caller on a radio phone-in programme, letting the world know how badly she’s been driving for too many years; she thought she was a great driver till she got her motorbike, took some training to use it and realised she needed to be aware of other drivers, cyclists and traffic conditions.
Horror of horrors, the caller couldn’t remember the regulations on driving speeds on particular roads. She didn’t mention road conditions, distances and speeds. It doesn’t say much for the instruction she received nor how the hell she passed her original driving test. Was she so drop dead gorgeous that the examiner was mesmerised…it makes you wonder.
On the basis of this personal experience in more mature life, (She didn’t sound elderly, just a bit divorced from reality) she advised the Driving Standards Agency enquiry into improved driving training, that tests should be re-sat periodically, meaning frequently. Thank heavens the majority of drivers are not on that woman’s planet where ever that is, nor living too near where she might be treating us to her wonderful driving skills.
Yes, the Highway Code has been added to as roads develop, usage alters and more symbols, signs and regulations appear. Surely, keeping ourselves informed is a feature of responsible driving. This aspect, I know, will vary between individual drivers. But not to know the different speeds on controlled roads, not to be aware of other road users, is beyond belief.
On the basis of what I heard, it seems to me,that more attention needs to be given to the standards and skills of driving instructors in the first instance, then how the skills are applied to teaching and practice.