Theory Test Prior to Grant of Provisional Driving Licence
I am a DSA approved driving instructor. I have been teaching driving skills for some 12 years.
It never ceases to amaze me just how, when commencing a course of driving tuition, most students have an almost non existent knowledge of the general / basic rules of the road and the meaning of traffic signs as laid down in the Highway Code when they commence a course of driving lessons.
I am trying to convince the Ministry of Transport that it needs to introduce a Highway Code based test which has to be passed PRIOR to an individual being granted a provisional driving licence. I would retain the present Theory test, but would make that a more in depth test of a student's knowledge, particulary hazard perception / identification.
The requirement for an applicant to pass such a test BEFORE they are able to apply for their provisional licence would ensure that he or she has a basic level of knowledge of the rules of the road before they are allowed to drive on our roads, and might serve to reduce accidents involving new drivers. This additional test would also be an extra source of revenue for the government.
What do you say?
Read and learn your highway code before you start to drive!
I agree, children should be taught road safety by their parents and teachers. Sadly though, it has been my experience over the last 12 years that about 80%-90% of the students I teach, male and female alike, are absolutely clueless when it comes to the basics concerning road safety and the Highway Code. I don't expect them to be able to quote the Highway Code to me chapter and verse, but a knowlege of road signs and who has right of way at junctions and the sequence of traffic lights would be a start. One day I had student ask me why a cyclist had stopped at a red traffic light :confused: She genuinely thought that cyclists were exempt. With hindsight, who'd be a driving instructor?
Originally Posted by Rolebama