Did anyone see top gear tonight? The finnish really have a good driving test. You have to do several tests on a skid pan as well as the 3 year training period. I know our government is rubbish but it's not that hard to copy another countries idea. At the moment all our government can even think of doing is to increase the driver age. Granted this will probably help but imo good training will be just a beneficial. I doubt drivers would really complain about having to learn how to go sideways anyway. Some change needs to be made to our current system. The mentality behind it is to just drive for 3 years and you'll be a good driver regardless if you receive any training or not.
This is coming from me, a NSW L plater too. I'm not the only one either. If the learners are saying that the training system is useless then surely something has to be done besides upping the age limit.
My little rant.
nope bout to go watch it though
If its got Wheels or Boobs its gonna cost ya money
Seriously, topics like this have been done to death and always result in the same shit fights in the end, yes our system isnt as good, but my learner training was done too met the conditions i would be driving in and have served me well.
btw that's an old ep, the seasons over
uh... i doubt it'd be all good. Could you imagine Australia's P platers with a LITTLE bit of experience going sideways?
nearly every corner would have one wrapped around a pole due to their new found confidence doing HEKTIK SKIDS.
Personally i reckon the best way to train the youth of today is actually have a crash - even baby jesus knows that scared me enough to slow down.
I've done two of those defensive driving courses. I noticed that you tend to panic a bit when you're in the situation, rather than sitting back and thinking to yourself "now the instructor told me to do this blah blah blah"
Ditch the courses and get the kids out into the paddocks sideways for a while. I've learnt so much in my old HX ute with a welded diff that they negated to show me at those courses...
Also I think you need to stop and think if these courses would be beneficial to everyone or if they will cause some drivers to become over confident and cause accidents.
Serious crashes tend to make people rethink the way they drive afterward if it was caused by something they did, even if they were taught constantly that something they do while driving is dangerous and should be avoided. Unfortunate, but it's the way the human brain works. It places things in order of importance by Now, then Soon affecting me,and then Not affecting me for a long time. Since you have lived this far without being in the crash, your brain files it in the latter option.
as for the second part get them out there in a rigged car with bald tyres
so they think they cant control it so they wont even try in fear of destroying there car
Nothing, anyone does is of assistance to every single person. There will still be a minority that wont see the advantages of teaching drivers how to safety correct dangerous situations they may find themselves in. You will never reach a 0 road toll, but if you can change the attitude of young drivers before they start picking up the bad habits of daily driving donít you think thatís beneficial?
Yet to hear your idea...
as for the cost
if you found an easy cure for cancer that cost 5 k a pop on every person would you perfer the government have this operation on cancer sufferers and live and save a few hospital beds and a heap of cash ???
the moral it would be cheaper than putting all these kids in the ground and towing cars away and investigating everything than a driving course would be and it saves a few lives in the process
The most valuable thing i learnt from the courses was slamming on the brakes won't always save you!