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Saturday, September 10, 2005

Driving Instructor Fined While on Reversing Manoeuvres!

Recently in England an Instructor was snapped on camera while practising a reversing manoeuvre with a Pupil. Apparently they overstayed their welcome and got hammered!

Well it is a common sight to see Driving Schools practising on Test Routes and I believe it is not only useful and helpful in reducing stress for Candidates on the lead up to their Irish Driving Test but surely anyone has a right to drive where they please on the road network?

Notices posted in Test Centres ask Driving Schools not to clog up Driving Test routes during the working day and this is fair enough but not all pupils are free at night to take Tuition and so daytime practise is the norm. Yes I agree that there should be a spirit of co-operation between the Department of Transport and Driving Schools. However the overriding concern for Driving Schools is to create safer drivers on the road and help them to pass their Driving Test.

To do this we need access to all avenues (pun intended) and its worth pointing out that the pavement and road outside every House does Not belong to the Householder and is freely accessible to all road users. Just because you have been used to parking your second car outside your house since the year dot does not convey exclusive rights. In fact it should be made mandatory that cars are not parked on the pavement or road within a certain distance of a corner. Enforcing this would be impossible but it would make driving through congested Housing Estates more comfortable.

As a postscript to these meagre comments, it should be the norm , but generally isn’t, to practise reversing and other manoeuvres far away from Test Routes to give a more “real life perspective”. Reversing around the same corner dozens of times may well give the pupil a chance to complete this manoeuvre without losing marks on the Test but it will not equip them to deal with “real life“ situations that will be rather different to the benign Driving Test scenario.

For all Test Candidates who might happen across this post…get away from Test Routes and practise in every conceivable place you can, including Country Roads and Carriageways

Drive Safely and enjoy the rather wet Weekend!

Astral Driving School


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