Driving tests are supposed to be testing
I was saddened to read the comment re driving test failures (July 29). If you are not up to the standard you will fail, simple. In NZ to pass a restricted (1R) test you’ll need about 120 hours of on road driving. Most who fail, do so by there own mistakes and/or not having enough experience, this is what makes up the statistics.
Nobody is proud of failure and will always blame the testing officers (TO). Ever sat behind someone who won’t move when there is a good gap in the traffic? Very frustrating. Ever driven around a bend to find someone on your side of the road? Frightening.
The test is of a higher standard than 3-4 years ago, so it’s harder to pass. Not the TO’s fault. Simply get some training from a professional instructor and your chances increase immediately. Peter Foulds South Brighton
Cut young drivers a break
I have been driving since 1968 and recently took advantage of the AA’s driving check for older drivers to make sure I hadn’t acquired too many bad habits. I have noticed over the past few years that the test system seems to have become biased against passing young people.
Duncan Garner hit the spot in his article (July 29), where he points out that young unemployed people would find obtaining a job far easier if they could legally drive. Failing an average of 25 per cent of applicants seems ridiculous.
These people often can not afford excessive costs and Duncan’s suggestion of driver training in schools should be implemented immediately. The AA would surely be interested in helping with such a scheme, which would benefit all of us and result in better drivers on our roads. Vic Smith Halswell