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    Default Your opinions: How has driving behaviour changed?

    The RAC will has published our annual Report on Motoring and we’d like to get your opinions on a few hot topics…

    • How long have you been a driver?
    • How has your driving behaviour changed since you started driving?
    • …and how do you think the driving behaviour of other motorists has changed since you started driving?

    Everyone who submits a relevant comment will be entered into a prize draw to win a £25 M&S voucher!

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    I've been driving since I was at school, but legally since I passed my driving test in 1972, and that seems like a life time ago now. I must admit when I was younger I was a bit hot headed, and always had to pass that car in front of me. Luckily however I seem to have got away with that, where as a lot of other young drivers my age didn't?

    When I look back at the chances I took, even when I had my kids in the car with me, I suppose looking back on it, I never thought of the consequences about it?

    I don't know when it exactly happened, but my attitude changed completely, it might have been due to the amount of increasing traffic on the roads, or me getting older, but I never found the need to be the car in front, and that I got there just the same without all that road rage and stress.

    These days I tend to lay back, just keep in with flow and try and enjoy driving again, even though that is a lot harder to do these days, on our crowded roads.

    I'm not sure if it was my time in the ambulance service, where I attended quite a few motor accidents, but what ever it was, I now enjoy driving again, yet back in the days, where I had to do thousands of miles, driving back and fore, while working away from home, looking back, I should have enjoyed that more?

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    When I started driving in the late 50s we had no power brakes, no power steering, and no synchromesh in first gear. Punctures were not uncommon, lights were pathetic and brakes were poor.

    On the other hand there was less traffic, and road rage was yet to be invented.

    Over the years I graduated from being a young man who vastly overestimated his skill as a driver, through many years as a professional driver, to a sober old man who rarely exceeds the speed limit, but still enjoys the experience of being in control of powerful machinery.

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    I have held a full motorcycle licence since 1967, and I passed my car test in 1968. The main difference as traffic density has increased is that I can no longer just enjoy the drive on a journey nowadays, I feel I need eyes in the back of my head to watch out for the fools who have no respect for others on the road. There are just too many of them nowadays. Courtesy and patience are now so rare, that when I see examples of it, it is noticeable, when it used to be so commonplace.
    It used to be quite common for a motorist to stop and offer assistance to one in distress, and this is now also a rarity, partly due to the media scaremongering, and the general 'I'm alright Jack' attitude that too many take to the roads. Leading in some cases to road rage over petty transgressions by others. This also shows in the way collisions are everybody else's fault bar the offender who wants to blame everybody else for their actions.
    All in all, driving used to be 'fun', whilst nowadays it is more of a chore.

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    Been driving for over 40 years (refuse to be more precise!!) Think I probably got away with a lot initially but having a test driver as a hubby was a major education and, to be honest, I was very lucky. This is not being sexist, but back in that first decade, relatively few of my female friends had the need or opportunity to drive major distances in all sorts of traffic and weather conditions – indeed I had six friends in the early 90s who had never been on a motorway. Plus, I had to get used to driving lots of very different cars.

    Yes, there were far fewer cars then and the way we live has changed – kids walked or caught the bus to school and no out of town shopping centres. I find it’s sad that motorists don’t stop as much anymore and there is so much less courtesy about, in and out of car. Whereas a car used to be a means to freedom, a vehicle, including all the various taxes that hang like millstones around our necks, it seems that it is now reduced to a means of getting from A to B is the quickest possible time and there is little of the joy of driving left.

    Despite that, plus the added pressures usually of having to catch ferries, it’s a rare trip home from a rally that I don’t experience the pleasure of driving and practising lining up for corners etc. It may only be short-lived, but well worth it.

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    Consideration:- There is a general lack of consideration for other road users whether on two wheels or four and cyclists are the worst. When I was younger and a bike rider we wouldn't dream of riding on the pavement or thro' a red light and if we did a policeman that knew our name and address would tell us off. And the level of skill for drivers seems to be lower these days, OK the need to do a 2 part test these days but with electric handbrakes, no changing down as you approach junctions, lights etc. the general level of car control is lower.

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    • How long have you been a driver?
    • How has your driving behaviour changed since you started driving?
    • …and how do you think the driving behaviour of other motorists has changed since you started driving?
    I have been a car driver since 2008, but thats not when I started driving.........

    I had a provisional licence in the 70s with a bike then a car, until I got a duff engine.
    So I scrapped it and got a bike for a while, until (queue the violins) the gears went and the bike was illegally seconded by a mechanic who offered to fix it!

    So yrs later I needed to commute across the country, so I started again, with a small bike, then after I passed my test, a bigger bike. Then passed my test (phew) finally in a car.
    So Im a born again biker and a car driver!

    The biggest change I found when I went back on a bike was the speed of the artics, and when they indicate on a motorway, that means there coming into the next lane, whether your in it or not! So as soon as a truck started indicating, whoosh, I was up the road like a shot!
    It was survival of the fittest, and I won!


    Road rage almost seems to be the norm these days!

    My driving has changed since 2008, I drive progressively not aggressively! I'm more confident and experienced (after all I did start in the 70s, I just didnt carry on)..............................

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    I passed my test in 1970 when the roads were a lot less crowded and the Police were not looking for increased funding from the motorist. After sliding on a local icy road and tearing off the front wing of my MK 1 Cortina I learned that I needed practice and experience before driving quickly. You have to know how to 'pull it back' when things go wrong before exploring the limits otherwise someone else will have to pick up the pieces. I had the suspension, brakes and engine of the Cortina tuned but todays cars would blow it away. I had a rally prepared MK 1 Escort with loads of modifications that went well and twin 45 DCOE weber carbs on full song is music that I will never forget. Then we needed 4 proper seats (there was a built in fuel tank where the rear seat had been in the Escort) so the Scimitar came along. I eventually dumped it's auto box and fitted the overdrive box then fitted the engine with group 1 cams during a rebuild and it sounded lumpy but powerful just on tick over and I set the longest black wheelspin lines off the start line at Curborough sprint circuit during an alledged test session that our car club used to run. I learned a lot of car control during quad bike races organised by the car club that went up and down a sloped grass field I've been told by my instructor at a half day Donnington circuit training session that I was too fast. I thought that everyone went round bridge corner sideways whilst flat out holding it on opposite lock. I then progressed through a Golf GTI, a Jetta 16V GTI (I loved that car as I always felt I was in contol and it did exactly what I asked it to do), then a Vento V6 came along, which was another favourite, then a couple of Audi A3's and a Honda Accord Sport and now we have an Audi A4 2.7 V6 Diesel which was a reluctant purchase but has the power of the Vento but uses less fuel and handles so well that I haven't found it's limits. I know that critics say they are not a drivers car but I love the reliability, safety, power and fuel efficiency of the Audi A4.
    I certainly slow down to the limit and below in built up areas as everywhere is so crowded now and even people who drive seem to think that they can walk out into traffic without looking and those that don't are even worse. Add to this the constant worry of 'being caught' by a speed trap and there's not many places to really enjoy driving. I have to wait until I reach some of the decent 'A' roads in Wales to enjoy a run and even then the camera vans are on the look out, and of course they place themselves at the end of 'overtaking straights' where the danger is often at it's lowest for the sensible driver.
    I see so many holes in hedges, often with police tape of varying ages fluttering across the gaps, and I have seen new holes that have appeared overnight, when the weather had been good, and I'm sure that the majority are due to alcohol so if the police concentrated on stamping out drink driving completely it would help lower the accident figures. I also thing that it is so easy to buy a very powerful car, straight after passing the driving test, when the vast majority of new drivers cannot handle the power and lets face it even Lewis Hamilton has had his 'off's' and look how long he has been practicing driving. There should be driver training whilst at school with all the consequences of modern day driving to be driven home but as we all know the Government will never fund such a useful idea but we can all hope or start a campaign like the Fair fuel campaign to push changes in legislation.
    Finally, the theory part of the driving test is, along with the Highway code, something that is'nt just to be learned to get through the test then forgotten, or that's what I always thought so why are many of the rules of the road ignored so often and why do so many drivers think that any sized gap between cars on the motorway, whatever the speed, is big enough to fit their cars into. Why make me brake so that you don't have to.

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    I passed my driving test in 1953. As previously mentioned, cars were less sophisticated then, and were very unforgiving in the event of not driving with care. Drivers were also more considerate at that time; and readily helpful to another driver in difficulties.
    Even with more traffic on the roads, it should be easier to safely handle a modern car but, sadly, driver attitude has become selfish, and drivers have nullified the opportunity of the safety benefits of modern vehicles by pushing their driving habits to the limits where safety is concerned.
    In this respect, we have collectively robbed ourselves of the facility of the safe and pleasurable driving experience that the modern motorcar offers.

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    I passed my test in 1975 at the age of 17.
    My driving has slowed down although i drive many more miles than i ever used to...is this an age thing or just too many speed camera traps to negotiate. I would like to think i'm tolerant of other drivers but then i have always been. I am one of the old school that still stops if people are in difficulty that has never changed for me, i know one day i'll need some bodies help.
    Most drivers i come across are ok, there are still some who can't wait for anything. I do think the eye on the side of the road has slowed the traffic down generally and of course the cars are so much nicer and safer to drive than they used to be with music etc to listen to. More cars today seem to be driver only definately a change for the worse

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