HARDLY A TEST
IN response to the editorial in last week’s paper headlined “Online info to be a better driver", yes, one should know the road rules before one gets a driver’s licence.
In addition, one should know how to drive before one gets a licence.
The big problem is not the vast majority of drivers who "forget" the rules of the road, it is the empirical fact that all people in Australia - and probably the world - are taught only to pass the post-tuition (you could hardly call it a "driving") test.
You can still see advertising guaranteeing a driver’s licence after engaging a particular instructors. How can any driving school guarantee a good pass in the test?
Moreover, do not get me started on the iniquities of parental instruction: mostly along the lines of "don't do what I do, do what I tell you”.
While we are here, there is only one vehicle simulator in WA. Nobody in Australia makes any but you can get them readily in the United States.
All driving students should be required to pass at 95 per cent on a simulator before going on the road.
Using a simulator can be the first step in psychological assessment of a learner driver as well as teaching the road rules and familiarity with the physics of motor vehicles.
We assume all people are inherently suited to controlling a fast conveyance in an environment at least three times as complex as air travel.
Yet pilots at least are occasionally monitored for mental stability.
But I imagine some would scream if we did introduce meaningful driving instruction standards. A six-month (24-week) course of at least three four-hour sessions each week would break most bank accounts.
Add to that the ability for a driving school to test and examine its students and award licences to those who deserved them.
No, it won't happen. We as a community can’t afford it.
GORDON EDWARDS, East Victoria Park.