Advanced Driving Course
Taking road skills to a higher grade, perhaps by completing further training, driver development beyond the test is not something that is often considered by motorists. That is because in the UK, particularly where car driving is concerned, we have no continuation of learning culture. In fact, probably less than 1% will seek out an advanced driving course.
Your learner driver training is the process that took you up to and through the test. However, unless you complete any further driver training, then your performance afterwards can only be based upon being a learner driver. Holding your full licence in your hand doesn’t somehow transmit to you additional knowledge and skills.
Whilst you were taking learner driver training, did you have the opportunity to practice the most effective ways to drive at higher speeds on major trunk routes and in real traffic conditions? On rural roads, what driver training did you get that enabled you to read the road and make the car flow round bends? What about driving at National speed limits and at night? Think about what you were actually given during your learner driver training.
But how do motorists learn to do these things, if they were not given the skills by their learner driver training? Trial and error, is the answer, and by mimicking what they see others do. Going out with more experienced drivers, such as parents, has an influence, but looking at these experienced folk, what is their level of driver training?
Gaining experience is often confused with gaining greater skills, but experience is only the more fluent application of existing skills – learner skills that are given during initial driver training. This is the passing of time and practice making tasks appear easier. Driver training at learner level is painting by numbers and without further input the best we can remain at will be forever functioning at the level of learner training. Driving can't be otherwise, not unless you seek further input.