Thursday 8 December 2016

'I'd fail theory test; he's scary on roundabouts; next car; poor roads'

Published 05/08/2015 | 02:30

New research shows most drivers would fail a driving theory test if we had to sit it now.
New research shows most drivers would fail a driving theory test if we had to sit it now.

Here are some responses to issues raised in last week's Motors and Review. Thanks for all your emails.

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Driving theory test

Eddie, if the test is about being a safe driver on the roads, then definitely I would pass. Apart from observing the law, I always show consideration for all road users including cyclists.

If the test is about knowing 100pc of road signs, then no. However, most driving is about common sense and road manners. People who run red lights, overtake at the wrong time, use phones while driving, drink and drive, etc, have passed their test. You can't legislate for human nature. Frank

Roundabouts

Eddie, I couldn't agree more with you on this subject. I am surprised that there are not lots of accidents at roundabouts. Perhaps the reason for this is that drivers (those with common sense) are aware of people's appalling "roundabout etiquette" and so take due care. My own husband scares the living hell out of me with his indicator technique on roundabouts. I have tried broaching this subject, but to no avail. Just last week I saw a girl with an L-plate stop in her lane, cross to the next, move forward and stop again, then back to the outer lane. All without any indication. She caused havoc. To be fair she did have an L-plate. The NRA should run their safety ad for roundabouts more regularly. Kildare reader.

Car-buying priority

Eddie, the considerations will vary vastly depending on customer segment. Therefore the survey will not be fair across the board. At the moment, this is how I'd rank my considerations when buying a car: price range, manufacturer (= quality), size, design, extras and safety (all equal consideration), mileage, maintenance cost, fuel type (diesels are much more expensive to maintain long-term), performance, road-tax cost (after 2008; engine size before that), insurance cost, reg plate (D is top county, I would not buy KY, MO, and some others), price tag, car image (certain makes or models are perceived as being lady's car, boy-racer's car, etc).

I don't care much about fuel economy or colour. Price will always be #1. Martyn

Our roads

Eddie, can I take you up on the point you made about our great motorway system? It is indeed a great improvement on many years ago, but only really great if you travel to, or from, Dublin, which you obviously do, Eddie.

It's not so great if you travel between any of the other provincial cities or towns. In fact it's a nightmare. Countless costly man hours are lost on these journeys.

Governments have declared their interest in the economic development of the West and supported a more even distribution of the population nationwide. This cannot be done without a proper infrastructural base.

Can I challenge you, Eddie, to taken a train to Limerick, hire a car and plan a trip to Cork, Waterford or Sligo (not even as far as Donegal ) and report on your experience.

I, as well as many provincial business people, travel to these towns on a regular basis and can assure you of the frustration of travelling between 60kmh and 70kmh for most of the journey.

Shelving plans for the western corridor will continue to have devastating consequences for the people of the south and western part of this country.

Valuable funds have been wasted on constructing local airports on the whim and demand of rural politicians. Would not this money not have been better spent on much-needed provincial road infrastructure? Don

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