- Comes the license plate for novice drivers?
- Austria as a model
- Preparation for the first solo trip
- L-plate in Great Britain
Comes the license plate for novice drivers?
Back to driving school: new drivers in Austria are sent to follow-up training. In Germany there is so far no consensus
Young drivers are considered a high risk group. They are most likely to become a victim of road accidents. Ideas are now being discussed on how to deal with the problem. It’s also about retraining.
E.t is a never-ending story: It has been known for decades that novice drivers and young drivers in general are the most vulnerable people among road users. The debate about how to better protect them has been debated for almost as long. Little has happened: every now and then, the police carried out an educational campaign in front of the village disco, a warning finger raised by the politicians.
Now there is new movement in the discussion – after all, countries like Austria have proven in the meantime that remedial action can be taken. The Deutsche Verkehrswacht (DVW) has summarized how great the risk is for young drivers. According to this, only every twelfth German driver belongs to the particularly endangered group of 18 to 25 year olds. On the one hand.
On the other hand, every fifth person killed or injured belongs to this group. The ominous combination of inexperience and willingness to take risks at the same time plays an essential role.
Austria as a model
According to traffic psychologist Ulrich Chiellino from ADAC, different paths are possible and maybe necessary. Chiellino criticizes, for example, that teachers at school are often not trained enough to sensitize young people to possible dangers. He takes the young drivers under protection: "They are not all rowdies, they are just young and inexperienced."
Which can lead to disaster, especially if you are allowed to drive alone for the first time – it is not for nothing that the first 10,000 kilometers of a car driver’s life are considered the most dangerous. "This time and the euphoric feeling have to be accompanied and possibly absorbed."
Lessons have already been learned in Austria. In the Alpine republic, driver training was thoroughly dusted off. One of the main pillars of the new system is multiphase. This means that a learner driver is not simply released into the world of traffic after receiving a driver’s license.
Rather, a so-called feedback drive is on the program afterwards, and a special driver safety training course is to be completed in which novice drivers experience above all that there are driving situations that are difficult or impossible to control. All of this is also combined with a conversation with the trainers.
The results are remarkable, says expert Chiellino: “We have achieved a reduction in accidents in this age group of up to 30 percent. Above all, the particularly dangerous single accidents without the involvement of other road users have decreased by more than 60 percent. "
Preparation for the first solo trip
Some ideas for Germany are based on this model. Kay Schulte from the German Road Safety Council relies, among other things, on long learning periods and not the fastest possible training in a driving school: "Holiday driving schools are probably the most counterproductive there is in this context."
He is convinced that the most effective way is to prepare for the first solo journey as long as possible – one idea would therefore be to extend the principle of accompanied driving from 17: that novice drivers can already grab the steering wheel at 16 if they are accompanied by an experienced person.
However, this principle can only ever represent an option in the future and not – as is sometimes required – become an obligation. Because, as Chiellino also points out, not every young person has the opportunity to regularly fall back on a vehicle and a suitable companion over a period of two years.
L-plate in Great Britain
Another idea for reducing the number of accidents could be the identification of a vehicle being driven by a novice driver – so that road users know, for example by means of a sticker, that the other is still unsafe in the traffic. According to Kay Schulte, it’s not just about the marking itself, but also about ensuring that the experienced road users prepare for the beginner.
In Great Britain, an L marking is common for novice drivers – if a collision occurs, everyone involved has to prove that they themselves have used every opportunity to prevent the collision with the novice.
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