posted 2 years ago

Safety Charity Questions Whether Driving Test Fit For Purpose

Institute Of Advanced Motorists Concerned New Drivers Not Prepared

The Institute of Advanced Motorists has questioned whether the driving test is “fit for purpose” and that the learning process fails to prepare motorists for the road. Why? Because the road safety charity's recent survey – that incorporated the views of more than one-thousand drivers aged eighteen to twenty-five – showed that sixty-eight percent “feel that they need to improve” behind the wheel. That is interesting, particularly as the majority spent a small fortune on professional tuition over several months - and all passed both the theory and practical test. This possible lack of competence might have contributed to numerous traffic collisions. Youngsters, after all, account for a disproportionate number of accidents worldwide. As such, twenty-five percent of the survey respondents had crashed within a few years of passing - and in 2012 twenty-two percent of collisions involved at least one young motorist. These led to several hundred deaths. Perhaps some of these collisions might have been avoided if drivers had more closely followed the rules of road. The Institute of Advanced Motorists survey has, after all, revealed that thirty percent of its respondents broke the law within their first few years behind the wheel. Typical offences might have included speeding, driving without due care and attention, failing to obey traffic lights, and drink-driving, etc.

Institute Of Advanced Motorists Chief Executive Discusses Driving Test

The Institute of Advanced Motorists Chief Executive, Simon Best, said:  “This survey shows that younger drivers simply don’t feel adequately prepared for independent driving.  The current learning system is failing the next generation of motorists and there needs to be serious review. Early experience of a wide range of traffic conditions is vital - but so is dealing with negative attitudes. This can be done most effectively through peer group discussions rather than just relying on stricter controls and curfews.”

Institute Of Advanced Motorists Objectives

The Institute of Advanced Motorists has a variety of objectives relating to young motorists and the driving test. These include: road safety education as part of the school curriculum, theory and hazard perception test to  be delivered online and in education establishments, insurance companies not penalising L drivers gaining experience in the family car, a twelve month minimum learning period with a logbook to build experience safely, a practical driving test that includes high speed roads, post-test assessment and training for all in the high risk early months of solo driving.

 

disagree with chris britton driving on blues and twos does not permit you to break the law if this person was on the roundabout then you still have to give way to your right not carry on as you are on blues the high way code even says give way to emergency vehicles if safe do you think stopping on on a roundabout when there is other cars coming and going is safe

Learners should take instruction over a minimum twelve months to gain confidence and ability. To be fair,driving lesson costs should be reduced to allow the extra time. The most important thing to be drummed into any new driver is KEEP YOUR DISTANCE from other traffic. This allows more time to think and react.

Some drivers have deceitfully evaded the driving test and the DVLA is powerless to do anything about it...the Police could not even be bothered...this is a crime...

I am 67 years old and have been driving since 1964, mostly as a professional driver. Last year I was caught by radar doing 34 mph in a 30 mph area.Out of choice I attended driver awareness course rather than prosecution. I thought the course to be good on the whole but needed a little adding to. What did concern me whilst on the course was the lack of basic driving knowledge and awareness exhibited, it was in fact quite frightening to realise that afterwards I was going to have to share the road with these people. We should all have to attend a driving awareness course say every ten years or so,this would be mandatory, being funded both from road tax and the insurance companies.I'm sure you would see a fall in road accidents.

we all know that today's learner drivers are taught to pass the driving test. They are not taught to drive alone. 1 simple rule that should be drummed into a learner driver is LOOK AS FAR AHEAD TO SEE ANY HAZARDS, ROAD SIGNS, CHILDREN PLAYING OR WALKING ON THE PAVEMENT,TRAFFIC AHEAD AND IN THE OTHER LANE, LOOK BEHIND, THEN LOOK AT YOUR SPEED DOING THIS MAKES YOU ALERT TO YOUR DRIVING. MOST DRIVERS TODAY DON'T LOOK FAR ENOUGH AHEAD BEING AWARE OF WHAT IS ROUND YOU MAKES FOR BETTER DRIVING

Regarding the issue about after passing the current test you should have to take professional driving instruction on a motorway, I disagree with that because during your tuition on driving, which includes driving on the motorways, you should have enough knowledge to handle the situation on motorways. You should also know that the centre and right hand lanes are there for the driver to pass a vehicle which is travelling at a slower speed in front of you, then signalling to carry on your journey in the left hand lane, I certainly agree with the person that centre and right hand lanes are not there for the remainder of your journey, if drivers are nervous whilst travelling, then they should stay off the motorways until they think they are ready to travel on them, and if they are still nervous, then stay in the left hand lane for the remainder of their journey...

Yes the current test does not equip the novice for driving today, yes older people do have collisions but the stats show the under 25 have considerably more!

The one thing learning to drive cant teach you is experience. I am an elder driver I am sure my reactions are slower than an 18 year old but I think I get it right in the actions I take when danger looms

Further to previous thread, those who use a mobile phone whilst driving should be EXICUTED !!!!!!!

It should be compulsory that all drivers ride and qualify to ride a motorcycle for a minimum of 3 years before being permitted to drive a car. Enlightenment being the key to observation !!! (if you don't know what to look for you will never see it)

Yes, young drivers can be a problem - however, older drivers on autopilot more concerned about todays work schedule than observing the road and conditions, in my opinion, are a far greater risk. Let's have a 10-year refresher, at the same time you renew your license photo.

Safety behind the wheel is more about attitude than anything else.

It is all to easy to blame other drivers for your own mistakes.

How far is it reasonable to expect a newly qualified driver to travel to access a motorway ,ie Cornwall/northern Scotland

Good comments. I know mototrists hate cyclists however the number of people killed by cyclists is very small if not zero. However the number of motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists killed is large. How about passing a motocycle test before being allowed a car test?

I should have written "The speed limits are NOT minimums! Sorry.

"Slow reaction, driving below speed limit, causing traffic jams and dangerous situations". These are not faults to be blaming older drivers for. It is the drivers who see these as faults that cause problems. These drivers are in too much of a rush. Public roads are not racetracks. I have no doubt the author is a "tail gaiter". The speed limits are NOT maximums!

I am a paramedic and have recently been involved in a road traffic collision whilst driving on an emergency, the other young driver aged 21 did not give way whilst turning right at a mini roundabout. I collided with him at a about 35 mph nobody injured but the attending traffic officer confirmed the young driver with very little driving experience is to be prosecuted for driving without due care and attention, this collision should never have happened, if only he was paying more attention he would have seen my yellow ambulance with blue lights flashing and he should have STOPPED. (Drivers be aware the roads are dangerous everyday).

Elderly drivers sometimes are more dangerous than youngsters. Slow reaction, driving below speed limit, causing traffic jams and dangerous situations . They even can not remember their driving test. It is not only young drivers causing problems , constant road works, ignorant lorry drivers and cyclists are more dangerous. Roads are too busy and everybody in rush to deal with our stressful life

I've written several articles on this subject. The issues are far broader than just regulation through testing. Parents provide a bad example by speeding, 'phoning and generally flouting the law, and often pressure their children because they are paying for lessons. Peers incite extravagant driving in the 18-25 age group, where drugs and alcohol can also play a large part. We also have a culture of speed, heavily invested by the media. Motorway tuition should not always be a direct adjunct to the test. Some pupils are simply not ready, not because of lack of skill but lack of confidence.

I think that after passing the current test you should have to take professional driving instruction on a motorway. You often see nervous drivers who have picked a overtaking lane at the beginning of their motorway journey and stay in it regardless.

It's down to inexperience and you don't get that without driving. People moan lesson prices are to high and it takes to long to learn but can't have both . The test has evolved but add more than more cost complaints.