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.

 

 

Topics:  accident, crash, driving safety, editors picks, learner drivers, roads




UPDATE: Chemical spill closes road as police investigate death in Gladstone horror crash

A driver had died in a crash on Hanson Rd.

POLICE investigate the death of a 23-yearold in yesterday's crash.

UPDATE: Migaloo ventured past Gladstone today

FILE: Migaloo is expected to cruise past Gladstone this weekend.

All-white humpback whale Migaloo returns

Latest deals and offers

Talking whiskey with Jack Daniel’s master distiller

It all comes down to the distillery

SIXTY MILES AHEAD sign with Eclipse Records, prepare new album 'Insanity'

Sixty Miles Ahead sign with Eclipse. Photo Contributed

Sixty Miles Ahead to release new album on Eclipse

Thy Art Is Murder are killing it

See Thy Art is Murder on their killer tour happening right now. Photo Contributed

We talk with Thy Art is Murder about touring, babies, and new music

Date announced for Prince tribute concert

A Prince tribute concert will take place later this year

Matt Damon is taking a break from acting

Matt Damon is taking a break to spend time with his family

Police foiled terrifying 1m plot to kidnap Katie Price

Police foiled a £1 million plot to kidnap Katie Price and her family

Queensland's $1 town goes under the hammer today

The township of Yelarbon is up for sale.

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles