I have been a driving instructor for 17 years and have been hit from behind in excess of 10 times. I have had 2 cars written off.
It seems as if by putting an L plate on the roof, you naturally attract morons who think that by driving too close to a learner is a good idea.
Morons, thick and gormless. If you get behind a vehicle that is going slower than you (a tractor, slow lorry or even a b""""y learner) The best thing to do is stay back so that you can see the road ahead, and then see the correct time to effect an overtake.
How many times do I get Mr Gorm-less driving his Audi, BMW, or SEAT, right up my backside, only to see him ZOOM past to then by stuck behind the tractor I have been following. Mr Gorm, then sticks so close to the tractor he can't see that there is an overtake opportunity coming up. I take the opportunity and overtake him and the tractor in one go. He will then ZOOM past me at the earliest opportunity as being overtaken by a learner car is the same as being seen in a car that is not an Audi, BMW or a SEAT
The roads are full of useless drivers. I know I train them. I get sick of them telling me how good they are at driving. That all they need is to practise the manoeuvres. They don't see signs, or road markings, they get in the wrong lane at roundabouts. None of it is of course their fault. The next time you are in a queue at a set of lights see how many people stop in the 'KEEP CLEAR' sections. Are they ignorant drivers, or did they just not see it?? How many people stop in the cyclists section at lights. It is three points on your licence for that. Oh! Sorry mate I didn't see it.
Agree. Driving for me is not about the physical action of actually driving the car but more about the observation and pre-empting situations before they happen. Essentially doing constant risk analysis. Before I make any move that puts me at risk do a quick risk analysis as to why I intend to make the move and the benefit it will gain me.
Just ordered a new sat nav for the car (got fed up of using google maps) and actually made sure it also has a camera built into it to evidence any problems that occur. Over my years of driving (20 or so) I have seen a progressive decline in quality of driving and risk taking. Roundabouts in particular for me. Drivers just fly across them with no care as to what is on their right or actually on the roundabout itself. I have had so many people just fly out ahead of me when I'm nearly on the roundabout itself its scary.
Don't get me started with respect to cyclists and motorists. I am both so have a more balanced opinion I guess. Needless to say I *hate* cycling through busy town centres these days. Also cyclists that ride in the dark with no lights, dressed in back are morons IMHO. Darwin awards waiting to happen....
As for the young... well they have always been a bit reckless no?
Boy racers have and always will exist. Think its a fact of life.
Think they should make tracks more accessible in terms of costs so they can let young lads a bit loose on there to maybe get it out of their system!!!
In fact its a shame track days are expensive and insurance is probably prohibitive for them... even though technically there is less risk of actually hitting someone else and less risks around in general.