Each day, we get in our cars and drive. We go to work, to school, run errands, bring the kids to hockey or soccer practice, and then some. For the most part, we got our drivers license a long time ago. In my case, it was 23 years ago.
I remember most of the road safety and traffic rules I learned while studying for the SAAQ’s test way back then, but at times I do have a blank. Do I have right of way, or does he? Am I allowed to cross those double yellow lines on Pierrefonds Blvd? That ambulance that is roaring behind me – should I move to the centre lane or stay in the left lane and let the ambulance take the center lane? Humm. Maybe I need a little refresher course? And it looks like I may not be the only one.
Each day I see people breaking traffic rules: crossing solid lines, not giving priority to the city buses merging from the shoulder, not signaling their intentions (I don’t have ESP, working on it, though!), not giving the right of way to pedestrians, tailgating (yes, I’m guilty of this one). Of course, some of this can be blamed on stress, being impatient and rating poorly in the courtesy department. But in some cases it seems that people are truly oblivious to the fact that they are doing something wrong, illegal or plain dangerous.
I went on the SAAQ website and discovered that you can check your knowledge online. You can take the short 20-question test, the 50-question test or the 272-question test. I took the short one and scored 80 per cent. Not sure I would get such a high score on the 272-question test!
Is it sufficient to take a driving course only once in our lifetime? Is having a driving licence a right or a privilege? Should we not be subject to taking a refresher test? What if the SAAQ made it mandatory for all holders of a driver’s licence to take an online refresher test each five years? What should the passing grade be? Surely not 60 per cent! After all, each day we get behind the wheel of a deadly weapon.
What do you think about this ?