Watching the larger, more powerful, and more expensive cars it becomes obvious that the demographic of their drivers is nearer my age than my daughters. It is obvious really, you have to be older to afford a large luxury saloon in the first place, and unless you are no-one will insure you. These people will have taken their driving tests years ago, cars hve changed since then, and I would give you good odds the vast majority of drivers never even look at a Highway code after passing their test, and that certainly changes.
The driving training has changed too, a new driver nowadays has received far better training than they did, and passed a theory as well as a practical test. Older drivers, of course, argue that they have more experience, and that does count for something, but it is a double edged sword. They have also had longer to forget things like stopping distances, longer to become careless and blasé. Watch them in the fast lane driving at ten, or twenty, miles an hour over the speed limit a couple of car lengths apart, only the boy racers of the younger generation do that.
Modern roads are safer, especially the motorways, but when something happens it happens big time, one rarely passes a two car collision on the motorway, there will be four or five of them parked along the hard shoulder with chunks taken out of them. Modern cars are safer too, with air bags and collapsible compartments you can have a high speed collision, or roll off the road, and the driver will walk away, but the car he paid tens of thousands of pounds for will never go anywhere again.
There are lots of negatives to encourage advanced training, but there are some real positives as well. When I did my RoSPA test on a motorcycle the instructor I had a really great week. My instructor was a retired fireman, great guy, truly interesting and enthusiastic, and the others involved were like him, the pupils, the examiner, everyone.
The RoSPA and IAM tests will get you a percentage discount off your insurance, well worth it in quite a short time, and of course there are other courses where you can learn more exciting things, like handbrake turns, avoiding kidnappers, and how to avoid getting boxed in and shot by over enthusiastic firearms officers. A week’s advanced driving course can offer a holiday in interesting company and great scenery, (They are often in nice places), save you money, give you added confidence, and make you more knowledgeable than Clarkson when you talk about driving, go for it, mad if you don’t.