I do have an issue with our current driving instruction/licence policy. I always thought that learner drivers should have at least 16 hours on-the-road training before they're allowed to take their driving tests. But that seemed not to be the case. I estimated the number of hours that my girl went for her lessons to be less than10. That included the time she left the front gates till the time the instructor dropped her off again at the front gates. And when she announced she would be going for her test I thought, that's incredible...
I checked with her instructor and was told, That's the minimum requirement and it has been met. Not to worry, She'll pass.
Pass? Just to pass? No wonder we have such fantastic statistics! I shook my head in disbelief, but I had to let it go.
Sure, she passed. But I wouldn't put her at risk by tossing her the car keys and say, Here, go for a spin to celebrate! We used to do that. We had some 16 hours of practice too. But that was 40 years ago when you could still cross the road if you see a car coming up 50 meters away. They used to speed at 30 mph and thought that's pretty good. Now, it would be like beep! and zooom! and someone shouting, hey! you tired of liv.... ?
And also, those days they don't leave dumpsters in the middle of the road. Roadkill wasn't a word yet because animals could still outrun cars. My dogs would come back huffing, puffing and tongues dangling, looking proud they could chase a car for 2 miles. Nowadays, they don't bother.
You must have heard enough stories about folks passing their driving tests with flying colors, then go home and take down their gates along with part of the garden fence. Afraid she would have done just that, I pulled the hand-brakes before she stepped on the accelerator. Also I had to risk getting a heart-attack everytime she approached a T-junction, one hand on the hand-brake handle and the other on an overhead holder. Both knuckles showing no colors. OK, that's just for a while until she stepped on the brakes but that's usually too close to the junction or the car in front.
Anyone thinking of a driving school that teaches new drivers using their own cars instead of those little contraptions from Toys-R-Us?