Like art, some claim we are born to be great at certain things in life. Driving, as a life-long activity, could improve general road safety, if all drivers have commendable good driving habits. But are such habits ingrained, or an acquired taste?
Good driving habits are rare these days; nevertheless, good driving courses abound everywhere. In 2012, the BBC aired a programme,
The War on Britains Roads. Based on the footage, cyclists, motorists, even pedestrians are getting more aggressive.
However, almost everyone asked would claim to have good driving habits. Only a few would own up to driving without due care and consideration to other road users. But are such great virtues an acquired skill or is it just plain claptrap?
Take this example. I love egg mayo sandwich. As a busy workaholic, I never seemed to have the time to make my own. The supermarkets added cress to the mix and it was a healthy option I welcomed. But I went in one lunch hour only to find everything was on brown bread, not white. For me, that was pushing
health too far.
So I started making my own.
Since I had no cress, (I had fallen in love with the darn thing) I experimented with raisins. Have not looked back ever since. On another occasion I tried to zing things up a bit by adding chilli-pepper. Again, it was a treat, so went on like that for more than four years. Little did I know I was building an acquired taste for spicy food. So it came to pass that I was unable to make my own sandwich and ran into another sandwich bar. Luckily, they had the sense to let me decide on choice of bread. On top of that, they started adding bacon. I bought one!
I was about to drive off but decided to take a chunky bite of my meagre lunch. It tasted funny. I looked at the date, it was out.
After returning the offensive food and going to another shop for the traditional egg mayo kind, I made sure to check the date before leaving the shop. I did not, however, have the time to taste it. So I got back to the office, made a cup of tea, and tucked right in. But the sandwich was bland.
I checked the date again. It was fine. Knowing that the shop I got the food from was one to make ingredients on the day I was puzzled as to what could be wrong. I just about finished half the sandwich before refusing to take another bite. It was later I sussed it was all down to the missing chilli.
I got home, mixed up my fillings and made my sandwich just the way I usually do, egg, mayo, raisins and of course, the all important secret ingredient; chilli.
As one can imagine, my unease with the bland sandwich was due to my having regularly built up a penchant for the chilli option. There are loads of drivers out there who just go through the motions of getting a driving licence only to abandon what good driving habits their driving instructor spent so many hours trying to embed in them during driving lessons. And that, dear reader, is why we have so much stress on the road.
Driving tuition by professional driving instructors is a great resource for developing good, long lasting driving habits.
Learner drivers who are wont to developing good driving skills can only do so from scratch. Once a person is set in his/her ways, there is very little another can do to help change that initial perception of how things are done correctly, until maybe a near-death experience.
Learning to drive instigates the need to have good driving habits at the onset. So yes, good driving habits can be learnt easier, earlier.
Can good driving habbits be learnt? Are good driving habits claptrap?
Yes! Good driving habbits can be learnt. Is it not all claptrap then?
No, there is no claptrap to learning to drive, properly. Start now! It is all in the attitude.