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I have a young driver in the house and soon another will join her.
It’s a scary thing entrusting your child to get behind the wheel of a car and be responsible for the safe handling of a potential lethal weapon, that has the ability to maim another human being.
You worry constantly if she is driving safely and indeed if other drivers around her are driving safely too, this last one is very much out of your control.
I can tell you now that until you are struggling teaching a learner, or until your child is successful in obtaining their “P’s”, you don’t understand just how vulnerable they are on our roads.
Most licensed drivers feel exasperated and act impatiently when stuck behind a learner. Most of the time the learner is driving the speed limit, but having those big yellow ‘L’s or big red ‘P’s staring the other driver in the face, is sometimes like waving a red rag to a bull. It makes other drivers absolutely crazy and impatient!
I know that it may seem like eons ago since most of us were just starting out behind the wheel. I’m sure a lot of us forget just how hard and daunting it can be to be out on the road.
It is said that the most dangerous time for anyone to hold their license and be at risk of an accident is during the first 3 months of holding their red P’s. This is when a new driver is testing their wings solo out on the road, for the first time. They are getting to know and understand the conditions themselves, without someone there, next to them telling them what to do and it can be quite daunting for we parents also.
It is at this time when the majority of accidents that will occur involving a P plater will inevitably be their fault. Whether it be through inexperience or recklessness, this risk is very high and we all cross our fingers that our kids will stay safe and that they won’t become a statistic.
It was only a couple of years ago that I was in fact rear ended by a new P Plater. Well to be honest he rear ended the stationery car behind me, who inturn rear ended me. All it took was a momentary lapse in his concentration and one bad decision, to halt peak hour traffic on Sydneys busiest road for a couple of hours, not to mention the damage to three cars.
Luckily no one was hurt, but with two cars carrying children it could have been a recipe for disaster and could have had serious life long repercussions for the young driver.
As it was, he felt the wrath of his parents when they turned up and endured an interrogation from the police which I’m sure he’s not likely to forget in a hurry. The poor kid look terrified! At least hopefully the lecture has saved him from future heartache and future potential compensation claims.
I have been quite lucky so far. Miss M’s driving has been restricted pretty much to and from school and to the shops, but now that she has left school and is travelling further for University and weekend trips with friends, she is broadening her horizons, this is also increasing her risk. It is also making her a better, confident and accomplished driver.
There are so many new articles and news reports that focus on the irresponsible nature of the P plate driver. In comparison, I believe that there are many drivers out there who have been on full licenses for years and drive terribly. There seems to be a stigma developing around the P plater which I think is very unfair.
If you have been in a car accident, you only know all too well the inconvenience it causes. If you have been left injured by a car accident this can have all sorts of repercussions on your life. It can not only disrupt your ability to earn a living, study and look after your family and home. It can also hamper your ability to earn a living. This is where compensation may in fact help you get back on your feet.
I am always thankful that our accident was just a small fender bender, but I am also conscious of the fact that this could have been altogether different and could have been a tragedy.
So please folks ease up on our new drivers and give them a break.
They would drive faster up the freeway if they could, however 90 sounds perfectly fine to me at the moment.
They have been told by their parents to slow down in wet weather, don’t honk at them, they are just trying to listen to advice.
They may not jump the moment the light turns green, because sometimes coordinating the clutch and accelerator while someone is sitting on their hammer and beeping their horn at them can make them a little flustered.
So just a heads up, wait until you have a P plater of your own and I’m sure you will behave very differently.