There’s now a growing number of motorists who believe that driver training should be done much earlier compared to what it does at present in the United Kingdom (UK). The example of Finnish people should be the one to be aspired for – that their young drivers have been undergoing driver training even during night time.
The UK has been leading the whole world in various fields, however teaching the young people how to drive a car isn’t one of them. This lack of training behind the wheel for the youngsters aged 17 to 19 years old has resulted to 12 % of all serious and fatal collisions in Britain involved them, but their number is just 1.5 % of the entire driving population in the UK that involved in fatal and serious collisions.
But, why such a disproportionate number of drivers at young age, especially the males, so likely to be killed or injured on our roads and motorways? It’s puzzling as young drivers have been showing during their driving tests to have the best reaction time and better skills behind the steering wheel.
The simple answer to this question is their lack of experience. And to resolve this issue, earlier driver training should be done because this could lengthen their experience at wheel and moulding them into safe and responsible drivers which could only be attained by spending more time driving.
However, learning from one’s mistakes always has a disastrous result for young driver, so what could be done to address this problem? We may simply follow the example of Finland as this country has been acknowledged by some experts as having the new driver tests which are the toughest in the world.
In Finland, education for young drivers would start long time before any youngster could hold a steering wheel of certain vehicle. They’re taught in their classrooms about road safety, and it has become a part of their normal curriculum in schools. The result is: while they are still very young, they become aware of the dangers and risks of being on the road. So, the inculcation has been proven so effective when it starts at young age.
After the early inculcation or training in Finland, it will take for young drivers around two years to get a full driving licence because they should first attend a training school for young driver this school doesn’t only have concerns on how to make a vehicle go backwards and forwards but also on road rules and regulations and focus on safety for the passengers, driver and other vulnerable road users.
There are two different driving tests in Finland, and any Finnish learner driver has to sit one in the winter and another summer. This is due to the extreme weather condition in Finland. But this could also be applied to the UK with tests for driving on the motorway and another on the usual roads.
This is why it’s better to start the driver training earlier to reduce significantly the financial and human costs when youngsters take to the roads and motorways on their own.