Originally Posted by Lucky13
On another note however, no new license is necesarry for driving modded cars. nobody should be racing a modded car on the street to begin with or driving in manners that require a new license. You are all acting as if driver skill can enable a person to avoid every opprutunity for collision that they would face on the road. That isn't so. Driver skill may help you avoid skids, hydroplaning and other natural road hazards but no amount of driver skill will help you when another driver doesn't notice you hurtling down the road at 120 and pulls out in front of you. It's not just you. There are other people on the road as well.
So far this is the only post that has really made sense. I personally think this license system is a ridiculous idea. I think what wouldn't be a ridiculous idea is to make the driver's tests WAY harder. Its easy enough for anybody to fake safe driving habits on the test, they need to find a way to filter out more of the unsafe drivers. I see people with their N's (stands for new driver in BC, Canada), speeding like madmen, when obviously they haven't been taught to drive this way.
Another thing they need to do is make people take the driving test once every ten years. This isn't that often considering you'd only have to take it maybe 7 times in your life at most. Almost every time I almost have an accident, its with some granny or some middle aged retard who doesn't know how to check shoulders or can't judge speed and distances. At my age (20), I'm able to be 100% aware of my surroundings at all times, thats why I'm constantly preventing accidents with blind drivers. I instantly see candidates for accidents, before i reach them, and I can safely assess the situation and deal with it. I see people out there, both hands firmly on the steering wheel, who stare straight ahead and make changing lanes look like the most difficult maneuver.
Example: Theres a bridge near where I live where when coming off, the lanes mix up quite a bit and the signs are not always so easy to understand. Once a middle aged woman with her family in the car, was coming off the bridge, and hadn't a clue what to do. She was going the speed limit, but obviously it wasn't enough time for her to figure out her course of action, because she came off the bridge in two lanes, half in my lane, half in hers, swerving like mad, trying to figure out what to do. I had to lay on the horn to get her to back off, meanwhile trying to avoid oncoming traffic, because she was pushing me into it.
These situations happen all the time, especially when merging. People don't realize that poor merging skills can cause major accidents, or at least road rage, like when the guy trying merge stops at the beginning of the merge lane, putt putts forward, stops at the end of the merge lane, and then tries to gun it in. This messes up all the people behind them and the people already zooming down the highway. It seems to me that every new driver I know out there was taught how to merge, and can do it easliy. However there are millions of middle aged and older drivers who nearly die every time.
We need to get these people off the roads by testing them. These drivers are way less likely to pass a road test than most teenagers out there. I would feel much safer if I knew that everyone on the road around me knew exactly how to control that three thousand pound killing machine they're driving. Seems a lot our older drivers forgot how to drive maybe 20 years ago. I'm not saying all teenagers are good drivers, but most of the time, I'd rather have the guy on the road who speeds a little, maybe scares a few people, than the smug driver with 30 years of driving experience under his belt, who narrowly avoids killing someone every trip they make.
Example: The moron who thinks that if he's turning left, he has the right of way over the guy on the other side turning right, into the same lane, when they both have green lights. At what point in their life did they unlearn this rule? This happens everyday.
Ok that was long, sorry if I rambled, its late.
PS, my first accident was with an mid 40's man who crashed into the side of me. I had only had my license for maybe 6 months, and I just sat there shocked. The guy came out of his car, screaming at me, that it was my fault. Deep down I knew it was his, but I was so scared about my dad's smashed car, I just took it all. Of couse we made our claims, and the insurance company determined it was his fault, so my dad didn't have to pay a dime.
--------and to ChrisV and some of the older guys here: I'm not saying its all older drivers here. MOST older drivers still know how to drive. Its the bad ones you see that stay in your head.