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    Just been reading on the news about the 4 girls that died in a crash in Wales where a 17 year old boy just passed his test and was showing off. Anyway one of the girls' dad has said the driving test should be banned and young drivers should have at least 200 hours driving with an adult driver before being allowed out on their own.

    I know i'm still a young driver myself, but i know the difference between slightly speeding and driving like a maniac. Obviously when the test examiner has passed them they have driven well enough to pass but once they get behind the wheel most of them just go crazy, as there is a boy near me who passed just over a year ago and has written off

    6 cars!!!

    Everyone can moan at us but there are some young drivers who do drive responsibly, but i have noticed especially where i live that almost everyone i went to school with, both younger and older, are now driving, most of them with brand new cars!

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    what they should do it have a test every 5 years.. i know i wouldn't object to having my driving tested like that..that would raise the standard of driving...

    or take on the kenyan driving age..25 yrs old to learn to drive..

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    I know for a fact that i would fail my test right away with all the bad habits i've got

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    the key word there mate being SOME.The majority of young drivers are a little bit reckless to say the least.We ve all been through that phase and i m no exception ,some are lucky most are nt.Link below was a young driver that was i believe to be showing off in what i now know was his girlfriends car.http://forum.vectra-c.com/showthread.php?t=26140

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gsi3.2 View Post
    what they should do it have a test every 5 years.. i know i wouldn't object to having my driving tested like that..that would raise the standard of driving...
    Could not agree more. Yes some young drivers are bad but there is alot of drivers of all ages who are bad. People who have been driving for years are not always better drivers.

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    very true.. even folks like me who have been on the road for over 15 yrs need keeping an eye on our bad habits..

    how many of us spot a traffic car and wonder if we'll get a tug.....

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    feel sorry for him... But Jog on!! Everyone had to learn sometimes and I bet he was showing off at one stage especially in the drug era of the 60-70's.

    people always contradict themselves. you still get people showing off at the age of 50 cos they can eventually afford to buy a JAG!

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    That's the whole problem with the system, the driving test is a test to see if you can pass it, not to see if you can actually "drive and control" a vehicle
    Yes, it has improved with a theory test, but this is so easy to pass, it may as well be called the "click the mouse" competition!

    Driving is one of the last social skills to be taught at our schools
    Computing was just being setup when I was at High School, yet I had been using computers since Primary School (and that was in the early 1980s!)

    Driving should go back to basics
    Road skills should be taught on bicycles between the age of 8 and 14, also to include that pavements are for pedestrians and roads are for vehicles
    With teenagers driving on 49cc mopeds between the age of 15 and 17, on a provisional licence
    After this stage driving of vehicles up to 1299cc between the age of 17 and 21
    Once passed their practical test, driving on their own within the hours of 07:00 and 21:00
    Only then once the New Drivers Act period has passed, increase in vehicle to 2199cc and after a further three years to 3499cc

    Obviously if further tests are passed then these limits are nul and void, for example driving a lorry, coach, and so on

    A driving licence should also take into account the actual experience of the driver and not just the lenght of time they have that licence
    A driver could pass their test in 1990 and never drive a vehicle until tomorrow when they hire a car
    How unsafe would that be, but the hire car company wouldn't even question it!

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    Yep got my licence and started driving unsupervised like an absolute idiot. I always felt confident in my abilities and learnt the car and how fast I could drive the road, but still no excuse. There definetely should be a regular test to keep track on drivers especially old people no offence to them, but some people shouldn't be aloud on the road.

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    I agree with limiting the engine size or power output for young or inexperienced drivers. It just doesn't make sense for people to be able to pass their test after 20 hours in a Corsa and then get into dad's v6 and show off to their mates.

    I think an advanced course should be mandatory too, involving, among other things, a go on a skidpan. Years ago I spent a couple of hours on a deserted car park in snow, learning how to handle the car. The skills I learnt then have helped me several times since, including avoiding a potentially nasty accident on black ice.

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