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AA poll reveals one in six drivers would like a refresher course
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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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gathome 21 March 2010

Re: Half UK drivers 'lack confidence'

Stephen Guckel wrote:

From this gained knowledge, we can practice and improve our skills. Over time confidence will increase, You will not get yourself into so many situation to get angry.

Confidence is only a state of mind and as you say, some may be highly skilled at other things. But this does not help their driving, as it is a separate action that requires concentration knowledge and self control.

I wonder how many examples of aggresive overtaking result from poor observation, starting a manoevre thinking there's enough room, then when commited realising it's a bit tighter than you thought; then being too proud to apologise? remins me of some of the things I did in my youth - I probabl ysurvived through a combination of luck and roads less crowded & cars slower than today.

With regard to the comment about being skilled at other things. Two characters come to mind, one was an RAF Unit test pilot who in a plane was a god, in a car he couldn't cope. Another was a master mariner who could bring a big ship into a difficult harbour, whose steering of a car was worrying.

With regard to driving skills I learned to drive in the middle of Birmingham, and now live in rural westcountry. I see people form the city who can't cope with our narrow high banked lanes, and crawl about as if they were driving a hearse. Where locals zip down the straight bits of the lanes, but hate driving in cities. It's what you've got experience of. Familiar = comfortable, Unfamilair = anxious.

Stephen Guckel 21 March 2010

Re: Half UK drivers 'lack confidence'

Lesia44 wrote:
I'm sure Mr Jung would never have resorted to such sweeping statements.

Well, actually that was one of his theories simplified and 'in a nutshell', it what he was famous for. It doesn't surprise me that you would say, 'Tosh', Lesia. Such a word is easy to spell and covers a multitude of ignorance, with having to explain 'why'?.

The reason people drive aggressively is lack of knowledge or a regression into anger, an animal function. We are 'animals', thus this part of still remains.

Once we realise a need to control our tempers, we can teach ourselves to control our anger, through knowledge of our instincts, rather than resort to rage. We can also increase our driving skill through training, thus reduce ourselves as, and recognise, a hazard. If you accept that others are a hazard, you must accept that you are too.

From this gained knowledge, we can practice and improve our skills. Over time confidence will increase, You will not get yourself into so many situation to get angry.

Confidence is only a state of mind and as you say, some may be highly skilled at other things. But this does not help their driving, as it is a separate action that requires concentration knowledge and self control.

Lesia44 20 March 2010

Re: Half UK drivers 'lack confidence'

Stephen Guckel wrote:
Such a person who feels it necessary to use an aggressive approach to their driving technique is insecure of their own driving skill. The aggressive display of the 'cut up' is to compensate for their lack of knowledgeable technique.
I'm sure Mr Jung would never have resorted to such sweeping statements. Or, as I'd prefer to say, tosh! There are many reasons that people drive aggressively and many of those will have absolutely nothing to do with a person's skill level behind the wheel. In fact it's probably a safe bet that quite a few people who drive with complete disregard for others are, nevertheless, in all other regards highly skilled. If I were to guess at one of the main reasons for aggression on the roads I'd go for the fact that people feel emboldened by having a big metal box and toughened glass between themselves and the target of their ire.

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