To All Drivers

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Why have so many drivers forgotten what it is like to learn to drive? An open letter to all drivers!

Submitted: July 24, 2016

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To All Drivers

This is an open letter to all drivers from a learner – one of those people that drive a vehicle with a big red L on it.

Many drivers seem to be pretty patient and understanding. Maybe a lot of them remember what it was like to be learning to drive. Perhaps a lot of them are thinking of their own safety. These drivers keep their distance; they wait for you to finish pulling away at junctions before they start to move forward themselves.

To all these drivers I would like to say a big 'Thank you for your patience.' Drivers like you make learning to drive a lot less stressful!

However, there are some drivers that seem to see the L plate as a red flag. They drive almost touching the learner's bumper; they push so the learner has to drive faster than they feel comfortable driving at, especially on roads with lots of sharp bends. Not only do they seem unable to either read or comprehend the figures on the speed limit signs, but they either cannot read the word 'SLOW' or have forgotten which pedal operates their brakes. Either way, it is really stressful for the learner in front who is faced with a choice of hurtling round bends with little control or letting themselves get rammed from behind.

It is strange how often these vehicles are big 4x4's, or worse, trucks that are not supposed to be driving at the same speed limit anyway. I find it very nerve wreaking to glance in my mirror to see one of these right up behind me, especially when one hand is busily engaged in holding a mobile phone up to the driver's ear!

When there is a slow moving vehicle ahead on a road that I would not feel comfortable overtaking on, I stay well back.  That way those who are in a hurry or are just plain foolish enough to want to carry out such a manoeuvre without being able to see ahead, can do so at their own risk. It doesn't matter how close you get behind me; you want to overtake me, go ahead. I will have left you plenty of space for you to do so.

At junctions, especially those that are joining a major road – give me a chance. It's very easy to stall when pulling away so just hold back on moving until your way is clear. I'm far more likely to make a mess of things if you are pushing me to go.

Just in case you don't remember, it is hard to synchronise both hands and both feet. The timing might be a bit out, the gear changes might be less than smooth, but my brain has not yet totally assimilated the brake, clutch, gear, gas routine (and don't forget the mirrors and indicators). I have to THINK about all these things and I really don't need the additional pressure of someone who obviously thinks that I am nothing more than an obstruction.

Please show consideration to those that are learning. You were there as well once.
Thank you.


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