Driving test is logical
THE State Government’s move towards more high-tech learner driver testing comes as no great surprise.
With every teenager glued to their mobile phone, tablet or laptop these days, making them sit through a test on paper was almost archaic.
The government will today unveil details of the new program which will be tested by students from several high schools, including Mountain Creek State High.
At this stage we know it will include driving simulation tasks and “powerful real-life interviews”, which suggests learner drivers will get to see and hear about some of the harsh realities of road accidents and get an insight into the impact their actions can have on themselves, their friends, their families and other road users.
With the finer details of this program to be unveiled today, it remains to be seen how much of it is compulsory.
We hope the “powerful” interviews are.
Another aspect that remains to be seen is how the government will protect the program from cheats.
Many teens are so computer-savvy, they know how to navigate their way behind a website, so hacking in to cheat on their driving test will be almost too good a challenge to ignore.
With this scheme set to go maybe it’s now time we considered the need for all drivers to be tested regularly.
It seems ludicrous that sitting one test at the age of 17 allows us to drive for the rest of our lives without further scrutiny of our knowledge.
Surely compulsory testing every five years wouldn’t be unreasonable, would it?