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Learner Drivers 'Behaving Like Frightened Rabbits'

Edinburgh Evening News, UK - Aug 15, 2004

Some learners are failing their driving test through staring straight ahead “like frightened rabbits”.

Four of the top 10 causes of failure relate to ineffective observation and candidates have to make far better use of their eyes, said driving school BSM.

According to the Driving Standards Agency’s national figures, reasons for failure include:

Not carrying out proper observation at junctions;

Badly executed reverse parking;

Poor reversing around a corner;

Not moving away safely.

BSM road safety expert Keith Cameron said: “Many badly-taught learner drivers sit in the driving seat staring fixedly at a single point in the road ahead like frightened rabbits.

“What they ought to be doing instead is using their eyes continually to ‘read’ the road ahead and its prevailing conditions.

“Good drivers’ eyes, on the other hand, are darting about from left to right, looking constantly into the far, middle and near distance, as well as monitoring their rear-view mirror and wing mirrors.

“Effective observation is just as important a skill to master as any of the practical ones necessary to control the car – but the test failure statistics show that the message isn’t always getting through.”

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