Drivers today do not take road usage seriously enough. I suggest the following to improve things:
– Driving lessons should only be taken when someone is at least 18.
– When one passes a driving test, based on theory and practical skills, they remain on a ‘beginner’ status until they are 25, when they take another simple test to check their awareness, sight and parking skills. If they pass that, they then get a standard driving licence.
– After that, drivers are to be tested again thoroughly every ten years from when they get their standard driving licence.
– When a driver reaches 65, they need to be tested every five years, particular in terms of their reactions and awareness skills.
– All drivers need to pass a basic maintenance course on looking after their car.
– All drivers must have comprehensive insurance and prove they have by sending a copy to the DVLA each year.
Driving is a skill not to be taken lightly. Part of it is to follow the basic rules and laws of the road, which are there to make driving safe. Christians, as well, as others could do well to take this on board. Apart from alcohol, drugs and other substances causing deaths and accidents, it is often the simple fact that drivers become too relaxed, especially those who have been driving a while. In particular, there is one bad habit that is quite common and that is the use of only one hand in driving. People tend to forget that one’s reaction is often not quick enough to avoid an accident, especially when only using one hand, and the unexpectant happens. This also applies to people who eat, drink, smoke or use a mobile while driving. In the case of using mobile phones, it is actually illegal in the UK. May I encourage, in particular Christians, to take driving seriously, for even Jesus is interested in how you drive as an example of good behaviour, and a witness to others. Just think what Jesus would say if He was a passenger in your vehicle!
To help reduce the number of accidents and carbon dioxide emissions, the following maximum speed limits should be put in place;
- Motorways and dual carriageways – 100 km/h;
- Major ‘A’ Roads – 90 km/h;
- Other main roads – 80 km/h;
- ‘B’ roads and dual carriageways in built-up areas – 70 km/h;
- Minor roads – 60 km/h;
- Built-up areas – 50 km/h.
Also, all vehicles should have installed:
- A speed restrictor which prevents them from travelling more than 110 km/h;
- A Tachograph, which shows if a driver has not had at least a twenty minute break every two hours of continuous driving.
If one breaks the speed limit, the driver is fined as follows:
- Up to 10 km/h over the limit – £100.00;
- Up to 20 km/h over the limit – £150.00 plus one point on one’s driving licence;
- Up to 30 km/h over the limit – £200.00 plus two points on one’s driving licence;
- Up to 40 km/h over the limit – £250.00 plus three points on one’s driving licence;
- Up to 50 km/h over the limit – £300.00 plus four points on one’s driving licence;
- Over 50 km/h over the limit – £350.00 plus five points on one’s driving licence.
The points are to remain on the licence for five years. If a total of ten points is accumulated, the licence is revoked for five years.
If one does not take a twenty minute break after two hours continuous driving, then one is to be fined £50.00.