Fast and slow

York Press: Fast and slow Fast and slow

HELEN MEAD’S column in The Press of April 8 backs up my suspicion that it’s not always speed that causes problems on the roads – it’s the poor standard of driving.

She writes that the speed-awareness course improved her knowledge, but the fact that she drives at 55mph on motorways indicates the need for additional training.

The A64 seems to attract some of the worst drivers around. It makes me wonder if most of them ever passed a test. It’s not about dropping the speed limit; it’s about making people better drivers.

I realise sticking 50mph signs along the A64 is much easier than trying to tackle driving standards, but it’s about time this problem was acknowledged.

Lee Tosel, Osbaldwick, York.

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1:41pm Fri 11 Apr 14

laiecmjdjkd says...

"the fact that she drives at 55mph on motorways indicates the need for additional training"

Please explain, Lee. Do you think she's causing a hazard? Presumably you similarly object to HGV's - fitted with 56 mph speed limiters - on motorways. Before you bite on that point, remember, "If you bought it, a truck brought it".
"the fact that she drives at 55mph on motorways indicates the need for additional training" Please explain, Lee. Do you think she's causing a hazard? Presumably you similarly object to HGV's - fitted with 56 mph speed limiters - on motorways. Before you bite on that point, remember, "If you bought it, a truck brought it". laiecmjdjkd
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3:53pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Stevie D says...

I completely agree about the appalling standard of driving that is commonplace. I see it all the time, particularly drivers tailgating, not because they are setting out to be aggressive but because they just don’t see anything wrong with driving that close. And a shocking ignorance of the law and the Highway Code. I’m sure many of these drivers, like Helen Mead, think they are safe and good drivers – they don’t break the speed limit by much, they don’t go fast on motorways (not that there’s necessarily anything wrong with either of those, in the right place!) – but actually their fundamental lack of awareness means they can be a real danger. There’s no excuse for not knowing what different road markings mean, or what the speed limit is if there are no signs. But too many drivers, particularly those who have been driving for years, don’t know these very basic things.

Compulsory regular re-testing is the way forwards. It will help to weed out some of the worst drivers, but more than that it will force ordinary drivers like Helen to pay a bit of attention to the world around them every now and again, and to brush up on the Highway Code, and that can only be a good thing for all of us.
I completely agree about the appalling standard of driving that is commonplace. I see it all the time, particularly drivers tailgating, not because they are setting out to be aggressive but because they just don’t see anything wrong with driving that close. And a shocking ignorance of the law and the Highway Code. I’m sure many of these drivers, like Helen Mead, think they are safe and good drivers – they don’t break the speed limit by much, they don’t go fast on motorways (not that there’s [italic]necessarily[/italic] anything wrong with either of those, in the right place!) – but actually their fundamental lack of awareness means they can be a real danger. There’s no excuse for not knowing what different road markings mean, or what the speed limit is if there are no signs. But too many drivers, particularly those who have been driving for years, don’t know these very basic things. Compulsory regular re-testing is the way forwards. It will help to weed out some of the worst drivers, but more than that it will force ordinary drivers like Helen to pay a bit of attention to the world around them every now and again, and to brush up on the Highway Code, and that can only be a good thing for all of us. Stevie D
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1:05pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Teabag1 says...

well said Stevie D could not agree more
well said Stevie D could not agree more Teabag1
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1:59pm Mon 14 Apr 14

MarkyMarkMark says...

Stevie D: "There’s no excuse for not knowing what different road markings mean, or what the speed limit is if there are no signs. But too many drivers, particularly those who have been driving for years, don’t know these very basic things"

I'm pretty sure those things were part of the highway code when I took my driving test (34 years ago - sadly!), but even if they weren't, I do know them.

I don't think it's got a lot to do with when someone passed their test, just whether they have ever had any great aptitude for driving on the road (awareness of their surroundings being a key part of that!) and the memory of something more than a goldfish....

Sadly, people are not always all we'd like or expect them to be.
Stevie D: "There’s no excuse for not knowing what different road markings mean, or what the speed limit is if there are no signs. But too many drivers, particularly those who have been driving for years, don’t know these very basic things" I'm pretty sure those things were part of the highway code when I took my driving test (34 years ago - sadly!), but even if they weren't, I do know them. I don't think it's got a lot to do with when someone passed their test, just whether they have ever had any great aptitude for driving on the road (awareness of their surroundings being a key part of that!) and the memory of something more than a goldfish.... Sadly, people are not always all we'd like or expect them to be. MarkyMarkMark
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