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Should Nottingham's Young Drivers Carry Passengers?
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Should Nottingham\'s Young Drivers Carry Passengers?

With two driving test centres working full time Nottingham has more than it's share of young drivers. It can be difficult for new drivers to adapt to driving independently at first and this lack of experience accounts for many accidents. It has been suggested that new drivers should have restrictions placed on their licences which prevent them from carrying passengers with the exception of family members. Let's look at this from a driver training perspective and see if it really is the best way forward.

It has also been suggested that for a certain time after the driving test a new driver should be prevented from carrying passengers altogether. This will stop drivers from gaining the real life experience they need to become truly competent on the road. During driving lessons the pupil is accompanied by an instructor and is used to being given directions except for short periods of independent driving. During the test an examiner will accompany the learner. The pupil would have had no experience whatsoever of driving alone up to the point of gaining a license.

New drivers will naturally be nervous and excited when driving for the first time after the test. Doing this completely unaccompanied can really add to driving nerves. A busy situation with no one there to give advice or encouragement can feel very lonely indeed. Driving with a friend who has already gained experience can go a long way to calming nerves and producing a safer drive. Immediate family members can often raise tension levels through unguarded comments and criticism of the driver.

As there are now less traffic police on the roads in Nottingham it would be very difficult to enforce such restrictions. Vehicles would need to be pulled over and licenses inspected to see how long the driver has been qualified if suspected of carrying passengers during the period of restriction. Passengers would need to prove that they are immediate family making this a long and costly process.

Nottingham driving instructors will be aware that some pupils may never drive after dark until they have passed their test. Another proposal is restricting new drivers to daylight hours and imposing a night time curfew. If a pupil only took driving lessons Nottingham in the daytime then it is true they may lack the necessary experience to be safe. Surely a more comprehensive and thorough syllabus for driver training is the answer rather than restrictions on young drivers. A post test night driving course could be taken and signed off by an instructor. Post test lessons to be taken with friends in the car could be a possibility.

New drivers may need to carry work colleagues or drive alone in a work environment. Surely better training and post test courses are a more positive way forward for the young people who are important to our economic future.


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