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Re: Motorway Madness - A Rant

Apologies for butting in here but as for unconfident drivers, I took my Pass Plus just after I passed my test 6 years ago. Yeah it costs extra...120 I think but I saved more than double that on my first insurance premium and it only took me 6 hours!

I think it should be made compulsory as it gives driving experience in all of the things you mentioned that you wouldn't get in your lessons/test - night time driving, motorway driving, city driving and driving in severe weather conditions (obviously depending on the time of year).
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Yep, I paid for extra motorway tuition and an advanced driver's course. Made me more aware but certainly not a better driver...

Interesting comments guys & gals, thank you.

Another one I forgot to list was people driving in the middle lane when there's nothing on the road; this winds up my colleague no end.
I initially thought it harmless but then he explained it to me - unfortunately I'm too ill at the mo' to type much

Good point about the general downslide of everyday motoring
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I don't want to plough into the side of a lorry when joining a motorway but I also don't wan't to stop and wait for ten of them to go past before I get into the flow of traffic from a standstill.
Simple solution to that - you have at least a 1/4 mile to get your car up to a speed higher than their 56mph = if you (or your vehicle can't) then choose an alternative route (my van does it quite comfortably).

I'm a great believer of a minimum speed limit for each lane - that would cure a lot of the inappropriate driving & congestion that I witness.


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Re: Motorway Madness - A Rant

The French have solved the problem of people being in the wrong lane by making it an offence not to pull back into the driving lane after overtaking (although they do sometimes pull in a little too quickly)

The French police are very pro active in prosecuting people who don't pull back in. It seems to work well.
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This thread seems to tick all the boxes I have on my most hated list after more than 20 years driving. Having passed my test in 88 and had many years of claim free driving since I do have a good laugh at some of the driving I see on the road, especially in 'difficult' conditions. I have ADI and am a qualified driving instructor, although I never did it as a job as I got a teaching job after qualifying (while unemployed) and have been doing that instead.

I remember clearly the day I passed my test and was indeed on th M25 in a tired 1.1 litre Fiesta within hours of passing my test off to a big party at a friends place 40 miles away.

The roads were obviously less busy then but thinking back on it, I just did it with full confidence that I had just passed my test so obviously knew it all.

I am on the fince about trucks and such, my family had a haulage firm until it was sold in the late 90's and the first thing I drove was a 71/2 tonne truck as I used to park them in the yard as a kid. I think having spent many, many miles on the motorways as a passenger in all sorts of vehicles while growing up, helped me to develop a better view of what is expected of you as a driver.

My biggest groan though is discourteous drivers, always in a hurry, cut into your braking zone, the list could go on forever. I see this even at the end of my road, often full with traffic at school time yet people will not leave a gap so you can turn right, they just squeeze up tight, because those few extra feet mean so much!

I sympathise very much with the op, there is madness on the roads of all sorts and much of that is down to a lack of training/experience. The modern instructor has to take a learner onto national speed limit roads and fast dual carriageways, but this still doesn't make up for the lack of real motorway training in the current testing system. I have been an advocate of limiting the type of cars new drivers can drive and where they can drive them until they have taken and passed a second harder driving course within a fixed time of passing their basic test to drive up the standards of driving on our roads.

I am though a grumpy git as my wife loves to remind me, so what do I know!
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