There is still work to be done to improve the UK driving test

There is still work to be done to improve the UK driving test

There should be more support for learner drivers, particularly in the months after they’ve passed their test and take to the roads unsupervised

Just a week after having a rant about young drivers, which you can read about here, I write this after returning from the theory test with the teenage driver in my household. I suppose that’s what you call timing.

I have also just spoken to the mother of a teenage driver, who passed her test after an intensive course and weeks later no longer has a car. That’s because she wrote it off. There is a lesson there somewhere.

Thank you for the responses to last week’s blog. Certainly many other countries seem to have an approach to driving that is very mature and worth emulating.

For an automotive dinosaur like me the whole concept of completing the theory part of the driving test like a toned-down Grand Theft Auto seems rather alarming.

Back in the very old days, after you had traumatised the examiner with your recently acquired driving skills you then got three random questions usually involving the stopping distance of a Standard 10.

Over the last few weeks all the Ruppert family members feel as though they have been through the test, because there are so many online questionnaires you can do. Plus you can buy DVDs to do the hazard perception test.

Indeed that throws up all sorts of questions. I was talking to an instructor who said that he was obliged to take this test. Along with most others he failed first time. That’s because most things are a hazard so he along with most others clicked on the old lady with the zimmer, the dog off a lead and the black cab that was probably going to do a three point turn in the middle of the road.

Clicking too early was bad. So the test was changed to allow for this and consequently we have developing hazards. You still mustn’t click too early though.

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