Quote: Originally Posted by JLM
I think it's time the entire "driving crop" needs thinning. When I was growing up driving was considered to be a privilege NOT a right, but of course the way things have evolved today- that is a pile of crap. The general behaviour of the driving public is reprehensible. I walk every day and I see a lot. People driving with their dog perched in their lap. I'd say at least half the drivers will not stop for a pedestrian. I see drivers taking 90 degree intersections with tires squealing. I see drivers passing a stopped vehicle on the right (w/o reducing their speed) all the time- eventually a child is going to be killed. If those committing all the above listed infractions (oh yeah one more, tail gating) were to be banned from driving, the roads would be about 300% safer and we wouldn't have the traffic that requires the continuous funding of new roads.
You're right! We (society) don't pay enough attention to it. City driving is one thing, and you pointed out some of the stupidity involved there, but there is just as much of it out in the boonies. They're both bad.
I'd like to see a course for driving that would include high-speed stuff, so a person would know what to do when a wheel comes off at 110 km/hr on the highway! (for example)...the company I used to work for sent me on a "high performance driving course" down in the states one time...I was a salesman at the time.
Boy, that was cool...I got to drive like a maniac on a real course (lots of straw bales around it), but it included all kinds of "emergency" stuff like spins on an oil-slicked road, and so on. The spins started off at around 65 km/hr, but then worked up to well over 120 km/hr. There's nothing like trying to make a u-turn or swerving to avoid a car in front of you at those speeds on a slippery road. It sure as hell takes the mystery out of "what would happen" when you go through it for real. The objective of that segment was to teach you how to "drive according to prevailing conditions." (Slow down if it's slippery, or as they put it - if it's slippery, K.I.S.S...Keep It Slow
I had been driving for years at the time, but I learned a lot from it.
After the course, I felt like I had much more control over the vehicle...it also included a very large amount of "defensive driving"...in fact, about half the course was about the "other guy" and what to watch out for. It became very clear to me early on in the course (a week) that there would be no time for eating, drinking, fiddling with papers, etc. while driving, because these folks taught me all about f-o-c-u-s-i-n-g
on driving...anything that got in the way of that was banned, and they showed clearly why that was important. (The classroom part with decapitated and dismembered bodies being pulled from car wrecks was an attention-getter).
Our driving courses appear to me to be a bit of a joke. Too basic, not enough reality in them...at best, they seem to teach all the "preparatory" stuff but it's a bit like "lab conditions"...the real world is full of all kinds of stuff like bad weather, crazy drivers, and a whole load of stuff that we send new drivers out into, very unprepared. Doesn't make sense.
Refresher and update courses should be part of the deal too...people get careless, overconfident, and downright sloppy after a few years of safe driving and then they become just another accident, looking for a time and a place to happen.