AA poll reveals one in six drivers would like a refresher course
19 March 2010

Almost half of drivers feel they would benefit from a refresher course, according to new figures from the AA.

The driving organisation polled its members, discovering that one in six British drivers say that they haven't driven for three years or longer, and have lost the skills and confidence required to drive successfully as a result.

Most drivers felt that training in speed awareness and night driving would be the most beneficial, with motorway driving being the least requested.

Asked why they had stopped driving, nearly one in five said they no longer enjoyed it or were scared to get behind the wheel.

AA President Edmund King said: “The car is a life-line for many people in our society, yet for some the quality of their life is affected due to lack of confidence behind the wheel."

The AA Charitable Trust is currently offering 2000 free packages of two one-hour sessions with a fully-qualified AA driving instructor, as part of its Drive Confident scheme.

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19 March 2010

There is no question that refresher courses would be helpful, but would that be required in less congested areas?, or is there a need just to keep up to speed(sorry unintentional pun!)with driver education?, patience is the most obvious area for inprovement, you see it all the time people making rude jestures etc.

Peter Cavellini.

19 March 2010

Cavellini, are you suggesting that people only drive in pre-determined areas and never wonder further afield thus negating the need for a common standard of driver education across the country?

It sounds like something you'd write to be honest hence my question directly to you in a respectful manner etc etc.

What happens, for example, if I live in the country but drive to the city?


19 March 2010

Well Phillip,i'm talking about people who drive the same route everyday,people and i include myself who occasionaly drive into the city try to pre plan our route so we know where to go, also using Google you find where the snarl ups are, i do feel unsure sometimes in multi lane situations but i'm sure if the government or whoever is in power in a few months saw a need then "top-up" courses could be provided, i suppose IAM do such things in their courses, your right to say what about people who live out on the sticks, but as i've hightlighted there are solutions.

Peter Cavellini.

19 March 2010

Does that make the other half over confident? One thing I have noticed living in the country though, is the amount of people who brake while cornering, when the car would feel better if they put the foot on the power. The new roundabout markings on the A65/A59 at Skipton are hell, they feed you off the roundabout before you get to your exit, so you have to now change lanes while on the roundabout! It was easy before. Are there any other roundabouts like that?

19 March 2010

[quote Peter Cavellini]but i'm sure if the government or whoever is in power in a few months[/quote]

I'm fairly confident that there will still be a government in power in a few months as opposed to a junta or glorious leader. So don't worry yourself too much on that point.

So with governance confirmed, would you agree that congestion can occur anywhere and at anytime? Do you accept that situations that are unplanned and unexpected may occur everyday?

You seem to be proposing a tiered system of standards on the roads.

Surely not?


19 March 2010

I've just spent, £1086.65 on a driving course to refresh my skills.

How many here can say they have done that?

It's all very well saying we should do refresher courses, but we will have to pay to do this. I have no problem with this. As I've said many, many, many, many times on this and other sites, enforced training does not help driving standards. We all need to realise the need and recognise our own weakness. Then focus on those failing standards to improve them.

Do you take you standards seriously or want to pacify, yet another legislative requirement? It is an important question.

Lack of confidence underlines that lack of knowledge. I see it time and time again on motor forums, the description of an incident involving someone else that damns their own actions....and they don't even see it.

There was recently a rediculous in-car video made, by a forum member, to 'out bad drivers'. All this video did was underline his own. The problem with driving is, everyone thinks they are an expert.

They're not.

Not even I, but I am willing to face my own weaknesses and address them in an adult manner, thus learn and grow as a driver.

19 March 2010

[quote Stephen Guckel]

The problem with driving is, everyone thinks they are an expert.

They're not.

[/quote]

+(1) - well said Mr Guckel.

19 March 2010

"An 'Expert' is someone who has stopped thinking."

I can't remember who said that, but a quote that I hold close.

19 March 2010

Was driving out of school this afternoon and noticed that all the school mum drivers had the worst spacial awareness I have ever seen, there parking was awful, one or two nearly drove into the side of my car !

They could not judge tight spaces that well and caused huge tail backs on a small cul-de-sac road I was like oh god please dont crash into my car :(

They need more lessons for sure does not help when they driving huge range rovers and mpvs

19 March 2010

[quote Challenger440]

[quote Stephen Guckel]

The problem with driving is, everyone thinks they are an expert.

They're not.

[/quote]

+(1) - well said Mr Guckel.

[/quote] +2

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