Much is made of driving standards today and we all witness examples of poor or inconsiderate driving from time to time. If we’re honest, we might also be guilty of being less than perfect ourselves. So is it time more effort was made to encourage a high standard behind the wheel from the outset?
The fact is many motorists would love to send some drivers back to school to refine their skills behind the wheel. In a survey car users were asked what, if any, elements of driving they thought should be focused on more than currently from the very first driving lesson. As well as driving at the correct speed, road etiquette and avoiding the distractions of the modern dashboard and handheld technology, most of us have a big concern about the very basic task of opening a car door. Most car owners who have returned to their car in a crowded car park only to find some inconsiderate person has dinged the side of their vehicle will say a big amen to that.
Driving too fast has always been an issue but what about and tailgating or being a middle-lane hog, bad parking and failing to use an indicator? These are the bad habits drivers wished could be avoided by instilling in learner drivers from the get-go why these misdemeanours are wrong. Obviously it is necessary for new drivers to get to grips with the manual dexterity needed to pilot a motor but what driving etiquette getting more focus during lessons, in the same way a child is taught, for the most part, table manners from an early age.
Another area that people thought should get more attention and be an essential part of the driving curriculum is night time and motorway driving. Neither are currently a legal requirement of the learning process, despite them being a regular experience for most motorists.
Other driver training worries include the dangers of driving too slowly and, perhaps surprisingly, simple functions like the right time and conditions to turn on the lights or avoiding distractions from passengers or on-board pets.
As is quite correct there’s a focus on the mechanics of driving; use of the brakes and how to shift gears, but experienced motorists know there’s much more to driving than that. A large part of being a good driver boils down to having a greater awareness of other road users and being courteous to those around you. There are also certain areas where more practical tuition would help too, like motorway or night time driving as previously mentioned, skills which are needed by nearly all drivers.
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