Opinion

Bad drivers could learn a lot from learners, trainer says

It's not unusual for drivers to ignore the no overtaking rule and speed limits at roadworks.
It's not unusual for drivers to ignore the no overtaking rule and speed limits at roadworks. Blainey Woodham

Training Wheels Driver Training instructor Candita Hamblin shares her hair-raising experience on the roads.

RECENTLY I went for a road trip to Maryborough.

It had actually been a while since I had been anywhere outside of town but, wow, was it an eye-opener.

The number of road users just doing what they liked and disregarding all road rules was unbelievable, from the basics of staying as close to the left-hand side of the road as practical to obeying the speed limit, and even when it is okay to overtake.

I find it shocking that of all the road users I came across, the only people I noted obeying the rules were a handful of people and learner drivers.

It was interesting that the people overtaking me and speeding past were pulled up just in front at the roadworks anyway.

So they gained absolutely nothing except a potentially hefty speeding fine and demerit points.

Then there were a few, let's just say, 'special people', who in the well-signed roadworks zones that are no overtaking areas decided both to overtake and exceed the speed limit by around 20kmh.

I am often asked: "Don't you get scared teaching people to drive?".

I can honestly say that, compared to my trip among fellow, fully licenced drivers, I feel much safer with my learners.

The difference is that when a learner makes a mistake, it is usually due to not knowing the correct way of doing something, whereas a fully licenced driver should know better.

From that kind of blatant disregard not just for the road rules but also the safety of everyone on the road, it is easy to see why there are so many accidents on our highways.

So when we head off on the next trip, we should all take little more care in the way we drive, including taking regular rest breaks to keep us alert and be aware of what is ahead of us, not just the road but everything - for example, the condition of the road, speed zones, what other road users are doing and animals on or near the roadside.

 

 

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