A lot of people who drive feel they are good drivers and generally believe that they understand the rules of the road, but is this really true? Is there such a thing as a good driver in today's world?
I don't believe there is a good driver anymore. A good driver follows all road rules and all speed limits, all regulations and knows what all the road signs mean, and I really don't think there is a driver out there that follows every rule and regulation. I know I don't know every rule and regulation or even know what every sign means.
I see people do the speed limit on Central Street then as soon as they get to a main arterial road speed up to 20-30 km/h above the posted speed limit. I see this all the time on 15th Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Massey Drive and Ospika Boulevard, which are roads I regularly use.
Then there are the drivers who stop in the road and don't use turn signals when they want to turn left or right and the opposing lane drivers and drivers behind the vehicle are left wondering what the vehicle is doing. Even doing lane changes, how many drivers use their turn signals? I bet there is a healthy portion of drivers out there that don't regularly use the turn signals.
Then there are the vehicles themselves. Compared to 30 years ago, modern vehicles are up to 60 per cent lighter, more fuel efficient and have gadgets even James Bond would have wanted.
There is parking assist, all around camera views, lane assist, cruise control, ABS, anti-skid tech and numerous other advancements to help people drive. All is great and dandy and I love the tech, but one thing all this modern tech does is it takes driving away from the driver and the driver feels a false sense of comfort because of the tech in the vehicle.
YouTube is filled with videos of people who got into accidents because they relied on the tech to keep them safe. Yes, it has improved road safety, but it has also made driving that much more dangerous because of that false sense of security.
So do you think you are a good driver?
Dean Soiland, Prince George