Depending on your age you may have had a drivers education class in high school. Most younger generations do not get that benefit anymore. They might get some hands on time with a parent and then go take their drivers test. Does this really prepare people to drive? Many states mandate motorcycle training to get a riding license.
This article isn’t to discuss whether this is fair or unfair it is to discuss whether we should be getting training and would it help. Not only do motorcyclists have to take the initial training but many motorcyclists get additional training to be better riders. The focus on improving and enjoying the experience of riding is something that should and could translate to driving.
If training was available would you use it? There are driving schools for racing, for drifting, for regular street driving, and off road as well. Did you take advantage of any of these?
With so many young drivers in accidents, the plethora of driving distractions that include texting, DVD players, multi function touch screens, and now Apple Play and Android in cars are all of these conveniences making things worse?
Let’s be honest the answer to that last question is Yes. People keep asking for more and more in their cars but it makes driving less and less safe. Does that mean training would fix it or do we need to let go of some of the doodads and gizmos?
For those that don’t know not only do I own and run 4WAAM but I also own and run a motorcycle site called 2 Wheels and a Motor and have been writing for RideApart.com for over a year. As a motorcyclist I see and try to avoid the worst of the worst distracted drivers on the road.
People shaving, doing makeup, reading the newspaper, performing sex acts, and more. Add to that the technophiles trying to write with their finger on some weird input device, fighting with a touchscreen that doesn’t read their input properly, and trying to text while drinking coffee you see that just taking things away won’t work. People aren’t going to give these things up without a fight either.
One last personal pet peeve of the Jeep community that has been popping up a lot. The “Jeep hair don’t care” selfies while driving has got to stop. Preferably before someone gets hurt.
What’s the solution?
Laws will not fix this issue. Laws only create criminals. The solution is to put down the devices, to stop needing to Instagram, FB update, and text while you are driving. This will help to decongest the roads, cause less accidents, and we will all make it home happier!
Will you take the challenge to put down the cell phone and stop distracted driving?