Driving Lessons

Learn To Drive Correctly! - Car accident
@forfein (2509)
January 2, 2007 9:11am CST
The British Government is considering making the Driving Test more rigorous in obtaining a pass. Statistics have shown that young people are having more accidents after having passed their driving test. Therefore, they are considering having a MINIMUM amount of driving hours before testing the test. On the news just a few moments ago, the newscaster interviewed a young lady who had passed her test after just SIXTEEN hours of driving! One might say WELL DONE! The trouble with this is…. She had an horrific accident shortly after passing the test, and it was nearly FATAL! My argument is this…….. Surely her parents MUST have known that 16 hours driving is JUST NOT ENOUGH to go driving by yourself on today’s high speed roads! When my wife wanted to learn to drive, I took her out for ten hours BEFORE she even went to a driving school. I showed her how the clutch worked, the brakes system, and the basics of how a four stroke engine actually works. She knew the mechanics of the car, as well as how to change gear and steer the car. After that, she went for 10 lessons with a driving instructor, and then I again took her out on the road, and we “honed” her driving skill a little further! Then….. she went for a further 10 lessons, plus EVERY DAY we went around the town for at least two or three hours every day! By the time I said she was ready for the test, she would have driven at least 150 hours. She has now passed her test, and even now she is STILL LEARNING the finer arts of what I call “defensive driving” . Everyone else is determined to cause an accident, and be prepared for ANYTHING! See:- http://uk.news.yahoo.com/02012007/325/tougher-driving-tests-pondered.html
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@Judobird (88)
3 Jan 07
I know this might sound like a radical idea but consider, at the age of 17 I passed my test, and this is the part where some people might call me spoilt but, my parents bought me my first car, however they would not let me have anything more then a 1.3l engine, got a nice little toyota yaris, not had an accident and im only 19 and got nearly two years no claims bonus..however I have noticed that some of my friends pass their tests and buy their cars without their parents advice etc and buy huge cars with 2l engines..completely different to the fiestas/clios that they were learning to drive in..therefore it might not actually be their driving ability, more the fact they are too inexperienced to deal with a higher powered engine...perhap the government should consider implementing an engine size limitation like they do with motorbikes and mopeds, it seems ludacrious that they can do this with motorbikes but not with cars...I think there should be a required tuition time but i think in excess of 100 hours is ridiculous, I found I have learnt more through driving by myself then what I learnt with my instructor because I do more motorway driving then anything, and its if you think about it its more about your perception and alertness rather then your actual driving ability when you are on roads like motorways as you only have to go in a straight line. I also think they should actual consider the probationary system...I mean having a 6 point limit is all very well but once you pass your test and you lose the "L" plates road users will just assume that you know what you are doing, which is not true and for the first year you are still jsut as likely to make elementary mistakes, if there was a mandatory "P" plate requirement on new drivers this might actually reduce accidents through other road users not making allowances for the youthfulness of the drivers skills. Well anyway I just thought I would give you my perspective on the topic as a young driver who has not had a crash in 2 years....and very much adores her car:D
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@forfein (2509)
3 Jan 07
Hi Excellent idea! I like that one, especially making "P" plates mandatory for a year!! And, at the same time, a maximum of a 1 point three litre car!!!
• India
3 Jan 07
yeah its gud coz the level of accident levels will decrease thn
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@trysameer (219)
• India
3 Jan 07
yeah....u r right....we must drive carefully..!
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• India
3 Jan 07
kudos to you for yr dedication to yr wife....
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@hamza123 (984)
• Pakistan
3 Jan 07
the driving lessons are very important and they have to be difficult so that only good drivers can drive on roads and so that the people can feel more safe.
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@suny1946 (275)
• China
3 Jan 07
I want to learn driving.
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@Languish (137)
2 Jan 07
This is absolutely crucial - the amount of lunatics on the road is staggering nowadays.
@jonezy (293)
2 Jan 07
but its how you percieve a lunatic that is even more crucial. is a lunatic the person who revs his engine a little more than neccesary at trafic lights then pulls off faster than you while being a 17 year old male, or is it the businessmen that fly down motorways and dual carridgeways at 100mph? its hard to categorise lunatics, but you have to take a step back and look at what they have actually done, and what danger it poses to both you and the rest of the public. the most that will happen to the 17 year old lunatic is he will burn his clutch out quicker than yours and his engine is working harder. the businessmen however now has a longer stopping distance, less time to react to hazards etc.
@forfein (2509)
2 Jan 07
I think he was referring to the lunatics who have only a few hours of driving, and then they think they are F1 drivers!!! But to take your point.......... What is worse.... a boy racer in his "Soooped up GT Hatchback, Golf Gti, or clapped out BMW" doing 100 miles an hour down the Motorway, or the Business man who is in his "£40,000 pound top of the range Jag" which is well maintained and can actually STOP if his applies an emergency stop!!! Both are lunatics, but which one would you rather be behind!
• United States
2 Jan 07
I know what you mean. Here in the State our kids do 30 hours classroom and 6 hours driving. They have their permits for a year and are suppose to drive with their parents for 10 hrs. I don't thing that's enough. I wish they would raise the age of getting your liscenses to 18. I know it would make a few people unhappy but it's better then letting our kids die in accidents. My daughter had her liscenses for two months and rolled her car. Thank goodness no one was hurt badly. I think they should have to drive with a parent for atleast a year and have a curfew. Can't drive after 7:00pm. Or something like that.
@forfein (2509)
2 Jan 07
What is the age for driving in the US? Here, you can have a licence at 17 Classroom there is no minimum hours, but they have to pass the theory test, and they have to do a "Hazard Perception" test by video. Then they are allowed to have a "provisional licence" and provided they are with "a competent person" they can drive on the roads, but NOT the Motorways. Personally, I think they should have a record log book, signed by a Motor School, and they should have all the relevant ticks in there!! Like...... overtaking, driving at night, skid manoevere, emergency braking and stop
@teenal (970)
• Ireland
3 Jan 07
I think the curfew after a certain time is a great idea. Here in Ireland most fatal accidents involve males under 25 years old and happen between 11 pm and two 2 am so getting them off the road at the danger time should have some positive effect.
@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
2 Jan 07
Hi Forfein I think it is a good Idea that they extend the Lessons as it is true once they have passed the Test they go wild a few times I have nearly been forced of the road by a Young Driver So I hope they do bring this in
@forfein (2509)
2 Jan 07
It is the amount of hours they need to drive before they THINK they can drive! We have the young morons even in my small town who think it is really CLEVER to spin their wheels on a fast get away and then tear around the market square at 60 miles an hour REALLY CLEVER!!!!
@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
2 Jan 07
Oh yes I know and the thing is when they cause the Accident they get away unhurt most of the time
@wolfie34 (26881)
• United Kingdom
5 Jan 07
It's like anything in life you NEED the EXPERIENCE. Its like a guy walking into a job with all the qualifications under the sun, degree, A levels you name it, but that's just on paper, he's had no on the job skills, no life experience, it looks good on paper, but in practice? No contest. I agree the test should be much more stringent with motorway driving added in too. I can't believe that you can pass your test and NEVER go on a motorway to get your licence.
@forfein (2509)
5 Jan 07
ABSOLUTELY totally agree with you And for that you have the (+) Do something similar to the MotorCyles, and limit the amount of POWER you can drive for at least one year!
3 Jan 07
You don't seem to have taken into account the cost of learning to drive. I'm on my 7th lesson, each is one hour long and the cost is about £17 per lesson. I hope to be ready for my test by my 10th lesson and am having a mock test tomorrow. People my age just can't afford to have lots of lessons and strive to pass quickly because of this. I understand all your points but it's just too expensive.
@forfein (2509)
4 Jan 07
AGREED It is now VERY expensive to learn to drive, and I fully appreciate that not every youngster has a Parent who is prepared, or even capable, or taking their son/daughter on the road to improve their driving. I guess that I am lucky, whereby I am an Instructor in the Army and teaching comes naturally to me! However, the point that was made about the "P" plates for one year, I feel, is very valid! And a MAXIMUM of a One Point Three litre car AFTER you have passed your test for the first year.
• India
3 Jan 07
well driving is easy yet tough. becoz just getting the car to move is easy but the mentality and when to do what,the reaction to various condition etc. these need time to get fully develop...so one should be fully prepared mentallybefore hitting the streets all out
@forfein (2509)
5 Jan 07
So basically you are agreeing with what I posted! Thanks
@vhmehta (621)
• United States
3 Jan 07
Driving car in US or UK could be very important as the speed of cars are so high that a accident with that speed would be nearly fatal. Driving cars is a responsibility and it should never be taken lightly. perhaps after some hours you put in driving it becomes easier. Increasing hours is a excellent way to reduce accidents. But I feel parents have to be more sensible before sending kids to high speed roads.
@forfein (2509)
4 Jan 07
agreed!
• United States
3 Jan 07
It does sound like a good idea on the surface but maybe the classes need to be long term since it sounds like some parents may now think that a few lessons are enough.
@forfein (2509)
4 Jan 07
This is the thing that I cannot understand! Surely Parents KNOW that to be able to drive, there off-spring require more than just a FEW hours behind the wheel to be able to consider themselves "Drivers" !
• India
3 Jan 07
Driving licence is the big part of one's life. You get the licence to travel from vehicle. The licence is made for the safety of people and not to dominate or harsh people. Respect your law and order. Drive safely. Always remember one thing there is someone who is waiting for you at home. Do not go for hollywood fantisy.
@forfein (2509)
3 Jan 07
You are correct about driving safely and the "Hollywood" fantasy!!
@ilvrshn (463)
• United States
2 Jan 07
I think that is a very good idea and I believe it should be a curriculum so that they wouuld have driving time before they get their liscense. There are a lot of irresponsible drivers out there. They are getting cars from their parents because they got the money and that is not how it should be. Should be based off of responsibiliity. Many accidents do involve younger drivers.
@forfein (2509)
3 Jan 07
Correct!!!!
@kosty2007 (197)
• Romania
2 Jan 07
yea
@forfein (2509)
3 Jan 07
Yea what?
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@jonezy (293)
2 Jan 07
this is a good point which i have discussed with my friends, you shall have to forgive me if my points seem biased as i am learning to drive myself. i dont think you can pass judgement generally on new drivers as you have to remember than each individual is, obviously, an individual case. Myself, i have a good theory knowledge of how a car works and the british road system, i passed my theory with 100% on the questions and 88% on hazard perception before i even stepped into a car, i have now had 4 hours driving with my father and will be starting my lessons this week. i am estimating that i will need around 15 hours of lesson tuition from an authorised instructor before i take my test, i feel that this is enough, as i dont consider when you get your license you knowing everything you need, but merely you have been granted a license, a license to learn on your own, which sometimes is the only way you would learn how to do something.
@forfein (2509)
2 Jan 07
HHHHhhhmmmmmm I hope your father is going to have more of a say on this matter. If you think having 15 hours of tuition is enough to give you road sense to go driving by yourself, and in the dark, my friend, show this post to your Dad and see what he thinks!!!
@neilf49 (810)
2 Jan 07
I must commend you on your dedication to your wife's driving ability, not very many people will do that. I work in the Road Safety industry and this is an area that we have been very concerned about for some time. As a result we have developed a new scheme that is available to those, like yourself, who wish to accompany learner drivers and we will be launching a CD-Rom to back up the scheme in the near future. For more information visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/environment/roadsafety/trainingp/pps.asp
@thathal (105)
• Pakistan
3 Jan 07
yes u r right.