Tuesday 12 November 2019

Why learner drivers should be kept off road – for a while

Dear Eddie,

One reader tells Eddie that learner drivers should be kept off the road for a while. Photo: Getty Images.
One reader tells Eddie that learner drivers should be kept off the road for a while. Photo: Getty Images.

I ALWAYS enjoy your articles but sometimes you get up my nose a little bit too.

Like the piece on learner drivers ('RSA expert', Wednesday, March 12).

I agree on the need for patience with people learning to drive, as an instructor of more than 40 years' experience in various environments.

I also believe a major reason other drivers find it difficult to stay calm when behind learners is that, in the early stages of driver training, the learners simply should not be taken out into traffic at that critical phase in their courses.

SAFELY

Any other training activity is based on the initial stages being carried out in quiet, stress-free conditions.

It is usually the case that driving schools still are doing it 'on-the-cheap' by imposing their early-learners on other drivers who are trying to get from A to B safely.

Schools should be providing basic start-up skills in private, off-road facilities where learners can develop the basics before they are taken on to public roads.

Then, your article about Audi's system to keep 'in the green' traffic lights.

In the North, and other reasonable, driver-friendly environments, that system will work.

But not in our Republic of "doing everything differently".

Our traffic lights seem to be timed to ensure that whenever you get a green, they'll get you with the reds thereafter.

Keep entertaining,

Sean

Indo Motoring

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