It never ceases to amaze me that despite the best intentions of our law-makers, their speed kills attitude to road safety and their hell bent commitment to banning high performance cars, that we still have accidents – almost every night – where people, especially young people are killed doing stupid things in cars.
Now I know everyone is going to jump on my back and beat me to the ground, I can’t win either way, but it's been a while since I've had a chance to vent, so just hear me out.
An accident in Sydney last night really highlights my point. Five teenagers in a car considered to be fit for P plate consumption (a Toyota Camry), were seriously injured, one critically, when the car they were travelling in left the road and hit a pole (police have seized the car for a mechanical examination).
OK, so perhaps the five were egging each other on – ban passengers you say, maybe they were speeding – more cameras hoorah, or perhaps by simply trying just a little too hard they very quickly found themselves in a position they did not know how to handle... and that’s the clincher.
Now you do-gooders can nail me to a cross and say it encourages hormonal stupidity but seriously, had the driver attended a Defensive Driving or Car Control course as a mandatory part of his licensing test then maybe, just maybe, he’d have been able to correct the skid and they’d all be home sleeping-in this morning.
I cannot stress strongly enough how much I believe this kind of training would save lives and it appalls me that our governing bodies don’t do more to encourage it. Our licensing tests are a joke, I reckon if I had a spare three weeks I could train a dog to pass it.
If just some of the millions of dollars spent on useless pinky finger waving speed kills gory death ads were spent on driver safety programs I think we’d have a much safer mind-set and more capable demographic of younger drivers on our roads.