Shock tactics including experiencing crashes in a simulator, driving on a “skid pan” and attending lectures by an accident investigator with accompanying video evidence, should be included in the UK driving test, a leading motoring lawyer has said.
Nick Freeman, aka Mr Loophole, said the time had come for a full overhaul of the national driving test to boost driving standards, increase confidence and lower accidents, particularly amongst those who had recently passed the current two-part examination.
Mr Freeman said whilst the driving test taught drivers how to reverse around corners and to negotiate junctions, it failed to prepare them for a host of other real life experiences, such as motorway driving and what to do in the event of losing control of their vehicle.
Topics including drink and drug driving and the use of a mobile phone should also be included in any revamped curriculum.
In addition, Mr Freeman said all newly qualified drivers should have “black boxes” fitted in their cars for two years, and they should only be allowed to carry a single passenger during this period.
Mr Freeman said: “I think the time has come for a fresh approach as to how we prepare our new drivers for the road ahead. The current test simply does not adequately equip new drivers with the skills they need for driving on our road network; motorway driving being a classic example.
“The test should be more relevant and harder hitting. New drivers must be able to respond to any given situation, be it snow, fog, ice or even a car travelling towards them at speed on the wrong side of the road!
“Learner drivers also need to understand that in the wrong hands a car is a lethal weapon.”
Mr Freeman added: “This greater level of education should impinge on the cognitive function of the new driver, thus making them more informed and therefore safer.”
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