I imagine your right, but regular inspections by the owner should make sureI would have thought the A frame towing fixture would have required an engineering certificate
Actually, while in St. Helens Caravan Park in Tassie last March I went and spoke to a bloke driving a big Campervan and towing a vehicle behind it. I wanted to learn what it all entails. That is weight, control, safety, etc. etc. so that I may be more informed because I love motoring, always have. Do you know what? The bloke said he could not explain much to me when I asked about the braking system, ability to control, tow and view the vehicle while driving, etc.etc. He just said he hooks it up and it goes well .
How come he does not have to have any competent and legal driving ability to do this?
So I guess there are hundreds of these coming at me on the road when I travel. So much for driving a car with great safety options today. How about we work on a developing a "Driver Safety Options" where everyone has to have a special license to do this stuff.
And by the way, over many years now I have advocated that every human being in Australia, has to have a defensive and advanced driving certificate before they can hold a driver's license. And I go further than that and advocate that every human being in Australia who holds a driving license must sit a driving test every five years. Yep. every five years. It may get rid of a few oldies but I reckon it would get rid of a lot of idiots I see on the road every day.
G'day Mark. As a result of my determination and five articles written in the Herald Sun Motoring Section some years ago, my five kids, all under 25 at the time, including a 16yo, were given defensive/advanced driving courses for free by Driveskill International in Melbourne. My articles were compared to a top German safety Specialist as a very important part of safety for all drivers, especially young people obtaining their first licence.Defensive, yes, but there is not only no evidence advanced driving courses make anyone safer (including other road users), there have been a number of studies showing advanced driving courses can lead to greater risk taking. Particularly in those aged under 25.
You don't actually believe that? Training makes you a worse driver.Defensive, yes, but there is not only no evidence advanced driving courses make anyone safer (including other road users), there have been a number of studies showing advanced driving courses can lead to greater risk taking. Particularly in those aged under 25.
I think he means it makes some young drivers cocky and therfore take more risksYou don't actually believe that? Training makes you a worse driver.
I totally agree with everything you say.I was not going to comment on this but after reading and following this I had to.
Firstly apart from knowledge about what you are doing SPEED seems to be a big thing. I can’t underestimate how important this is. You should adjust you speed for the conditions. Just because it’s legal to say go at 100 there may be other considerations, towing for instance, drop your speed accordingly. If wet drop it a lot, this apples to just driving your car also. A road may not be as good as it should be , drop your speed. If going slower than others pull over when safe to, this let’s others go. By the way I am licensed to tow a trailer. I have an unsestricted HR licence which allows me to drive a heavy ridged with a trailer. For many years I did so carting grain in the Central West. Also there are not many real acedents just drivers doing the wrong thing, mostly speeding causing the crash, unfortunately taking an inosant person with them. I know there are other considerations like always checking things like tires and lights etc, but not many people bo this before using a car or truck, this should be second nature. I always do this. So speed is something that should be considered no matter what you are driving, unfortunately not many people do this. This should be a part of a real education push.
I tend to agree, however a couple of cocky blokes were put in their place and if it was a compulsory test and I was an instructor I would fail them on that alone.I think he means it makes some young drivers cocky and therfore take more risks
I think you are talking about models of advanced defensive driving skills which were superceded way back in the 1990's. Nothing I have done in the last 30 years has ever involved speed in excess of anything but safe speeds.I'll take statistics and relevant studies over your "BS" assertion.
You may note I did not state there is evidence driver training is not useful. SOME driver training has been shown to be detrimental. There is a difference.
Germany has moved to a model (BASIC) based upon standard skills (not on managing control at speed) and attitude. The evidence, both direct and including associated psychological studies suggests this is far more effective in reducing accidents than teaching someone how to control a high speed skid (yes, I am conflating a number of issues into a single example for emphasis) .
Most courses which do include skid control have moved specifically away from teaching control at a speed in excess of safe cornering to teaching how to control a vehicle in unexpected low speed conditions.
yes I'm trying to see why.... if you double click on the pic it comes up in a new window ?^^^ pic she no worky
yes I'm trying to see why.... if you double click on the pic it comes up in a new window ?
No I just scanned the photocopy of an old newspaper clipping as a jpeg and uploaded as I would a normal photo....I will try different settings on the scanner....I tried downloading it and renaming it, no go, do you use Photobucket etc...