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Licence re-testing – ACT road toll reaches 25

By Special G 8 November 2005 42

It is reported in the Canberra Times that the ACT government is considering an introduction of licence re-testing every time that you need to renew your licence.

The discussion is prompted after the ACT road toll reached 25 over the weekend with the death of a motorcyclist.

I agree that there are some terrible drives out there in the ACT. I think that most of them could still pass their test on the given day and then go back to their driving habits.

Maybe driver education in the form of skills training is a better long term prospect. Say every 10 years you must complete a day/half day course in advanced driver training or the like. The infrastructure involved in putting this together would be very costly, although what does a life cost?

I also think in situations like this years road toll, governments are inclinded to consider knee jerk reactions.


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bulldog 12:23 pm 21 Dec 05

So far I think Mael has had the best idea – if you get caught doing the wong thing then your fine should pay for an education session to correct your wayward road manners.

I was recently in SE Asia when a cab driver who identified me as an Aussie gave me rundown. He told me that most Aussies jump in his car and ask him if he was a good driver. His answer was “No, but I am law abiding and courteous”. Simple as that really. You don’t have to be Craig Lowndes – merely courteous and law abiding. IMHO that is what is wrong with Canberra motorists.

Apocalypse 11:59 am 21 Dec 05

100% agreed Kramer

‘vehicle control’ (apposed road rules) should be the primary education of any learner driver.

when i was younger on my L’s, i noticed parents and driving instructors cared nothing at all for vehicle control techniques and learning. its not all about accelerating and stopping, indicating and turning. its about appropriate speeds to handle corners. knowing your vehicles limitations, especially with braking.

and when swerving, being AWARE of what is around you at all times is mandatory. if you want to survive.

in addition to this. keeping alert of OTHER drivers.. when im driving, as i go through an intersection late at night, i have made it my habit to glance left and right. to make sure no dickhead is zooming through or about to take the slip lane onto drakeford drive at 80km/h.

i think stopping is the most important. when i brought my SS i took it upon myself to drive the tits off it. never putting anybody in any danger ofcourse. but i learnt how far i could take the car before it would slip out. i learn how quickly i could turn without doing a front wheel slide (which is difficult to be steered out of). and also how quickly my brakes could take effect (i think ABS braking should be fitted to EVERY single vehicle by LAW)

one night this came in handy. as i was zooming up isabella drive.. came to a roundabout. and some dickhead was coming from my right, barely visable because he had his PARK LIGHTS on. i was doing about 80km/h as i went past the keep left sign. and due to the lateness i figured nobody would be out and about.. as i spotted the car out of the corner of my eye. i slammed on the brakes with every ounce of muscle in my right leg. the car came to a complete stop without passing the line, and i avoided a potential accident.

fair enough i was young and stupid. but that isnt whats at debate here. there are hundreds of thousands of young people out there who had similar habits as to what i use to.

if everybody is educated in vehicle control. traction loss, the way steering, tires, brakes all play a part in driving, then we will have a LOT less accidents

thats what i think anyway.

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