Monday, September 29 2008 @ 12:44 PM UTC
Contributed by: B' Spokes
The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) is consulting on proposals to alter the Learning to Drive process.
CTC [the UK'S national cyclists’ organization] suggests that:
* more account be made in the driver learning process of cycle awareness, better explaining cyclists' rights and the reasons behind cyclists' road positioning.
* cycle awareness must also be part of the training process for accredited driving instructors and examiners.
* The theory and hazard perceptions of the test, now 5 years old, need to be used to explain to learner drivers the safety reasons behind rules and initiatives.
The proposals also suggest that 'pre-driver training' be introduced as a qualification for teenagers before they start on-road lessons. CTC suggests that National Standard Cycle Training (or Bikeability) level 3, designed to give young teenagers the skills to negotiate busy roads and junctions, fulfills many of the elements of pre-driver training admirably. More widespread application of cycle training amongst teenagers will help reduce collisions amongst this age group, keep them cycling, and turn them into better, more considerate drivers.