Timelady wrote:Those driving restrictions sound really familiar, except they time out at age 18 where I live. I don't know if that's because they expect 18 year olds to be more responsible, or because they can be legally tried as adults. Do they have the "x amount of classroom time" requirement up there? That's what drove me crazy.
Happy birthday, Graham!
no, no classroom requirement, because the statistics say that an accredited driving school will typically turn out a worse driver than a homeschooled one (or at least not a better driver). The reasoning being that it's supervised driving time, not theory and instruction that determines your quality as a driver. People coming out of driving schools tend to be over confident, and less experienced than those who learn the slower way.
Believe me when I say that finding didn't go over well with local driving schools.
Lord Chrusher wrote:A silly thing is that they do not how long you have been driving not just how long you have had you license. For instance you could do nothing for 11 months of your L stage start driving and learn in a month then pass the test.
Part of the problem with graduated licensing is you are trying to deal with two things - teaching people to drive and that teenagers are stupid.
The idea with the 3-year duration of the learners licesnces is that by the time you're able to drive, and mix alcohol into the equation, you're at least 19, and probably 20, so you're no longer as stupid and risk-taking. even if you only dorve the absolute BARE minnimum during your learners and novice stages, you're old enough to know not to be a stupid fucking cunt on the road, because you're now a responsible adult. Or that's the idea, anyway. (Which, again, the stats support.)
it should also be noted that BC has pretty harsh driving restrictions on youth because, well, car accidents are the leading killer of people aged 16-25 in BC. not one month goes by in Victoria where we don't hear a story of a car full of drunk teens going 7 trillion kilometers an hour careening off a road and barrel-rolling into a tree killing everyone on board.
we have in memoriam markers in school zones.