Posted by: kit
Posted: 6th Nov 2014
I agree, if they can keep the costs to a minimum. When I did my Goulburn Valley Course, I was one of the early ones and to this day still believe it is great. It is bad enough that most under 25 have no idea how to control a car properly. In fact dare I say they cannot even reverse park, 3point turn, indicate properly, or understand many of the rules they are supposed to know. I taught driving for over 27 years, through 4 states and I would never allow a student to get behind the wheel until they displayed full verbal knowledge of the specific rules, could change a wheel without help, knew how to check the car fully -brakes, water, windscreen wiper/washer, radiator, seat belt quality, windows and mirrors clean, and tyres at appropriate pressure before even getting behind the wheel. I even taught my own children what they needed to carry in their cars as necessity for emergency. It has paid dividends too. Never had a pupil fail a test; my children never had an accident; and they now teach their own the same way.
However, I feel that drivers who are injured, have ill health, have serious accidents, or after specific age should have to attend a doctor for medical certificate to say they are ok to drive, and have eye tests as standard procedure and present these at their trnasport/main roads/RTA for final approval. A friend is now epileptic, still having seizures after accident 15 months ago, yet still allowed to drive. Yes, they have had seizures while driving resulting in accidents, albeit minor, Police called, nothing happened. Health is a single factor which must be adhered to for driving at all times. Reply