Mandatory Driver Refresher Training

I think the time has come to admit that the driving test is simply not enough to keep our driver and roads safe. Standards deteriorate, attititudes change, and knowledge decays.

I believe we now need to introduce Mandatory Driver Refresher Training for all licence holders, to be carried out before the reissue of the photocard licence, ie. every 10 years. Up to 5 hours with a qualified driving instructor, there would be no test.

It is evident from some of the ideas posted here already that attitudes to what makes safe driving are very different, and in some instances, those attitiudes are dangerous. The cost to society of fatalities and injuries is enormous, in terms of loss of life or recovery, to the financial cost of dealing with and clearing up after the incidents. Most drivers simply will not take responsibility for safe driving.

There has been a lot of debate regarding the standards of our newly qualified drivers and the danger they face during their first two years. The reality is that many come to a driving instructor with poor standards already engrained into them by their parents and their peers. The driving instructor has somewhere in the region of 40 hours to change that, and its simply not enough. Once they have passed, their standards slip because the poor standard they see is what they will come to accept is the norm.

So, 5 hours of refresher training to be completed by all drivers every ten years. This, I reckon, will be poorly received by most, but it is a direction we have to take. Attitudes must change.

Why is this idea important?

I think the time has come to admit that the driving test is simply not enough to keep our driver and roads safe. Standards deteriorate, attititudes change, and knowledge decays.

I believe we now need to introduce Mandatory Driver Refresher Training for all licence holders, to be carried out before the reissue of the photocard licence, ie. every 10 years. Up to 5 hours with a qualified driving instructor, there would be no test.

It is evident from some of the ideas posted here already that attitudes to what makes safe driving are very different, and in some instances, those attitiudes are dangerous. The cost to society of fatalities and injuries is enormous, in terms of loss of life or recovery, to the financial cost of dealing with and clearing up after the incidents. Most drivers simply will not take responsibility for safe driving.

There has been a lot of debate regarding the standards of our newly qualified drivers and the danger they face during their first two years. The reality is that many come to a driving instructor with poor standards already engrained into them by their parents and their peers. The driving instructor has somewhere in the region of 40 hours to change that, and its simply not enough. Once they have passed, their standards slip because the poor standard they see is what they will come to accept is the norm.

So, 5 hours of refresher training to be completed by all drivers every ten years. This, I reckon, will be poorly received by most, but it is a direction we have to take. Attitudes must change.