Would you re-pass your driving test?
By: Tamir Davies
Last updated: 03 August 2015
The vast majority of us have been driving for years and feel we could pretty much do it with our eyes closed (not literally…)
We know the roads like the back of our hands, can confidently get ourselves from A to B without any mishaps and doing so has become second nature. But do we really know the rules of the road? And more importantly, do we follow them as we should? According to a survey by road safety charity Brake and Direct Line, almost half of us (49%) totally disregard traffic laws every single day.
The survey, consisting of 1000 drivers also revealed that 50 % of drivers believed they were safer on the roads than other drivers, with 58 % going as far as to state that they felt other drivers on the road were hugely ‘dangerous’.
Although the majority of drivers said they felt more confident in their driving now than they did 10 years ago, this doesn't necessarily mean they are driving more safely. These high levels of confidence have led to drivers disregarding road rules or feeling that they don’t apply to them; the tangible representation of this is the constantly rising numbers of people speeding, using mobile phones, tailgating and over taking unsafely.
The crux of the matter is, if seasoned drivers were to drive in the way they’re used to now, back when they were attempting their driving test, they wouldn't be considered safe enough drivers to be on the road, and would in fact fail.
Why is this?
Half of the drivers said it was a lack of attention and relaxed attitude towards driving that caused their carelessness and disrespect for the rules, whereas the other half admitted they broke the law because they knew there would likely be no consequences.
Both of these excuses are clearly unacceptable; the rules were put in place in order to keep us safe on the roads, not just for the sake of it, and should be followed accordingly. The issue isn't drivers forgetting all that they were taught when learning to drive, it’s that they are actively ignoring driving rules and regulations.
The next step is figuring out what can be done to rectify this abuse of the law.