I bet 'experienced ' drivers wouldn't pass today's test
IN REPLY to P H Ashton's comments in the Herald, dated Saturday August 10, as a newly qualified driver I feel I have the right to reply.
The standard of tuition I received from my driving instructor was excellent, I passed first time, as did my brother. At 17, I know I have a lot of experience to gain driving on our roads, but I would beg to differ with P Ashton, that new drivers are worse than so called, more experienced drivers.
I feel that my driving is more by the book and safer than drivers who have been driving for some considerable time and developed bad habits and a false sense of security that they feel they know the road better than other road users.
Drivers who have passed their test many years ago do not realise how much the driving tests have changed and how much more knowledge of the highway code and car maintenance, new drivers need to know before they pass their test.
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I would like to bet that many "more experienced drivers" would not be able to pass the current driving exam.
Also, as a young driver, I have a device fitted to my car to cut back on insurance costs, a black box with a gprs system to monitor my driving speed and times of driving.
I have experienced, some shocking driving behaviour from older drivers, tailgating, overtaking and being generally quite rude as I keep to the speed limits! I don't feel that you can tar every new driver or their instructors with P H Ashton's comment.