QUOTE(Trebor @ Aug 14 2007, 08:27 PM)
So? If you're going faster than the inside lane, every half minute you have to move to the middle lane, overtake and then move in again. Which is surely much more annoying to everyone than if you stay in the middle lane allowing cars to overtake you on the right, and you to overtake lorries or caravans. I've never seen a situation where a middle-lane "hogger" has caused a particular problem...
I HAVE seen situations where a middle-lane hogger caused a problem, but I do actually agree that the "drive in the left hand lane" rule needs to be tempered with common sense. Weaving back and forth across the motorway to be in the left hand lane at any given opportunity would be insane.
QUOTE(willobie @ Aug 14 2007, 09:50 PM)
QUOTE(willobie @ Aug 14 2007, 06:25 PM)
Someone told me that they plan to extend the length of the driving test to an hour...
Has anyone else heard this - or is my friend getting himself confused...?
If it is I'd be stuffed if I did a retest. I would think extending it to that long would make it much harder - the kind of nerves and concentration that a test situation require would make an hour of the kind of tension it can engender very tiring. I know I for one, driving at that pitch, would make mistakes, even if I was perfectly capable of driving well when nerves weren't factored in.
At the other end of the scale, friend of mine in Texas was allowed to change her permit (which allowed her to drive solo anyway during the day) to a license by taking in a form filled in by her parents stating she'd done X hours of driving with them and was competent to drive alone
- how's that for a system which is open to abuse...
QUOTE(YetAnotherPianist @ Aug 15 2007, 02:05 PM)
Next year I'll get married, which apparently will make me a safer driver too
QUOTE(Aquarelle @ Aug 15 2007, 02:22 PM)
QUOTE(Trebor @ Aug 15 2007, 09:54 AM)
I would support retesting for older drivers. Maybe not every 10 years from when you pass, but perhaps starting from around 60. Some people you see driving wouldn't stand a chance of passing a modern test.
2) The cost would be out of the reach of people on low pensions.
5) In rural society it is absolutely essential for older people to be mobile. Many people are several kilometres from the nearest shops. The non mobility of older people would be an economic disaster.
I don't know about in France, but in England the cost of running a car is such that, for instance, my mum's elderly neighbour would be better off financially if she used taxis for her weekly shop rather than running a car. So I can't speak for France, but in England (and I do live in a rural area) I don't buy the financial argument unless people live an awful long way from the shops.
SOME elderly people are better drivers for having "grown up on the road". Others are not. I know a dear lady in our church, (in her 80s) and while I'd hate to deprive her of the freedom of her car, I hate to be driven by her, too. It is scary
she is simply not a safe driver. She doesn't look, she cuts corners off junctions unmercifully, and her reactions are (unsurprisingly for her age) really bad. On the plus side, she isn't tempted to speed!
The assumption is that elderly people have grown up on the road, but some have not. I suspect my friend didn't drive at all, or very little, during her marriage, and has only had to since her husband died. I am just grateful that she doesn't drive much, and is reasonably sensible in terms of knowing what she can cope with, but even the very short drive home from church is a bit hairy if she is driving - she is a danger to herself and others, sad but true
That said, a friend of my mum's who is in her late 50s has been driving constantly all her life, and she isn't a safe driver either - scares me witless - despite being an intelligent, active woman. She simply isn't a good or safe driver... so... what can we do? (Her son passed his test 1st time with flying colours a month after his 17th birthday - and promptly wrote off his new car through his terrible driving...)
I'm not sure that any test can truly prove one will be a good, capable, sensible, considerate driver. I do wonder sometimes if tests should take into account reports from driving instructors, but then I doubt anyone would pay for lessons from someone who was too honest....
I tend (when I drive - which I haven't for a while!) to follow my mum's advice: assume everyone else on the road is a total imbecile, and drive accordingly.