Alright, this rant started out of hatred with Wisconsin and Illinois left lane bandits. Then just observing people driving made me think to write this thread and relieve some steam.
Out of all of the bureaucratic BS that we deal with, licensing new drivers and the conditions of cars should get more attention than enforcing other laws such as speeding and all that other crap. I still can't believe that some people can come into a BMV (or DMV depending on where you live) take what I think is an easy-as-pie test, do a half-assed 10 minute road test and be licensed. I think this is the first flaw with the system.
When I took driver's training, I only had to have 6 hours drive time with an instructor and the class itself and the 100 question test was retardedly easy. The course really only covers driving defensively, and not offensively. They really don't cover how to handle traffic, how to not be tense while driving, and other things that would probably lighten a lot of people up. Changing lanes seems to be new drivers weaknesses, mainly because they are afraid to take their eyes off the road to look in the mirror or quickly glance over their shoulder. Also, they don't teach people to be more
aware of their surroundings such as cars you've past and how to identify potential road hazards/conditions based on the small amount of feedback you receive through the steering wheel or the whole car itself. On top of that, they never teach people to be courteous to others! Everyone seems to drive for themselves, whether they are hauling ass or going on a Sunday drive. On top of this short list, I'm really sick of most of the drivers not knowing how to change a tire, check oil, or how to check/replace bad lightbulbs. I want to hear everyone's opinion on this...am I wrong to ask for the following changes?
1. More drive time.
Instead of only having 100 hours or whatever your state has currently, they should have to drive with a parent/guardian/21-or-older driver for a minimum of two years. This should allow for a driver to get a little more confident behind the wheel. Lower the permit age to 14 (or raise the licensing age to 17)
2. Make drivers drive on a "test track"
We all know how rain and snow can alter a cars handling and traction, but instead of talking about it in the classroom, have a course to actually have them experience it in a qausi-safe way. Better to find out and learn how to take corrective action here than on the road/
3.Teach basic maintenance
I think even if an hour or two section was started on this with an actual test for changing flat tires, it would get these people actually aware of stuff and at least have SOME knowledge.
And then to conditions of vehicles. This might have stemmed from me being a neat freak, but seeing cars with improperly inflated tires, bad/no shocks/struts (you know, the cars that literally bounce down the road), and burned out headlights/taillights and blinkers totally grinds my gears. I think vehicles over a certain age should have to be inspected for this simple "safety" stuff. The reason I say a certain age is because for the most part, I see new cars with all their lights on and the car mostly in good shape. But those older cars (you know the ones I'm talking about) are in rough shape, and I believe they are a danger to us on the road (and more than likely, so is the driver driving it!)...
So thank for listening, and I want to see if for the most part, people agree with me
I feel better now :P