Many drivers with just basic skills
HAVE you been held up at traffic lights because they failed to change, or been nearly hit by drivers cutting across the inside lane when turning right or failing to actually indicate where they are going on turns and islands? I bet that you have at some time in your life.
Why do these happen? I suspect most, if not all, new drivers are ‘ taught’ to drive in a short period of time and are taught just enough to get them through their test. If they pass then they still are not competent as driving correctly takes time in my opinion.
The reason for the hold- up at traffic lights is due to drivers failing to stop on the line. The lights have detectors under the road surface to detect any metal object ( car, motor- cycle or cycle) waiting at the lights.
Failing to stop on the line means that the traffic light controls do not know that you are there and at certain lights like the Coleshill Road/ Victoria Road in Sutton for one, they then omit one direction. So stop on the line at traffic lights and do not hold up other traffic.
Another dangerous procedure regarding lines is at junctions. In my day you pulled up to the line but now it seems that you pull up a car length away. Why is this dangerous? Well firstly, you cannot necessarily see correctly both directions of traffic, if there is a bend then you have no way of seeing an oncoming vehicle. Secondly, because you are way off the line, when you start to move forward it takes time and that vehicle you could not see is now on top of you. I suspect that this is actually caused by the idiots who when turning right actually manage to do so on the inside lane of the road of which they are turning into.
It also seems that using indicators is something that either the driver does not think about, can’t be bothered to do or maybe cars are not fitted with them ( ha ha).
At islands nobody indicates any more. This is probably because they have never been taught to do so. You do need to indicate at islands. The correct way is to indicate right up to the exit before the one you want, then indicate left. This lets everyone know what you are doing and it helps to prevent accidents caused by drivers not knowing where other drivers are going.
It is about time that all driving instructors, commercial or parents, were made to take the IAM Advanced Test yearly to keep them up- to- date and have their certification removed until they can actually pass it. This also goes for Driving Test Examiners, who must clamp down on the poor driving standards of a large number of road users.
Passing the test just produces drivers with little basic knowledge. It takes time and repetition to produce safe drivers and some may never make it due to being involved in serious accidents.
Do not think that the emergency services are immune either because they are not. They are certainly better than average yes, but even they still have problems. Advanced driver, by email