Letter of the Day (March 4): Driver training

  • Updated: March 3, 2014 - 6:12 PM

New drivers, like new pilots, should be asked to prove their ability to recover from emergencies.


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A few days ago, we lost three young people to a traffic accident on an icy road. One of them was a classmate of my son’s. The proximity of this tragedy prompts me to question why our training of young or new drivers is so inadequate. My 16-year-old just passed his driver’s license test without exceeding 20 miles per hour, and there was no requirement for emergencies such as a skid or a spin.

As a private pilot, I had to prove my ability to recover from in-air emergencies both with an instructor and an FAA examiner. Wouldn’t it be better for everyone if we required and provided the same kind of training for our new drivers?


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