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Should There Be a Mandatory Test to Ensure Driving Skills are Up to Standard?


When it comes to passing your practical driving test, once might not be enough. Be honest with yourself: how well do you remember the road rules now? Could you pass your driving test today? And with car accidents on the rise in Australia 1, is it time to introduce regular mandatory testing for licensed drivers?

Some people certainly think so. In 2017, Kylie Lang wrote in the Courier Mail that it was time to mandate 10-year license renewals with practical tests instead of just up-to-date photographs 2. She quoted a study from QUT’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety that showed almost half of all Queensland drivers were guilty of tailgating.

In 2012, Briana Domjen reported in The Daily Telegraph that motor safety experts were calling on road tests for licensed motorists every five years. This came in the wake of increasing accidents on NSW roads 3.

What are the most common causes of car accidents?

Jerome Carslake, the manager of the National Road Safety Partnership Program (NRSPP), says the most common causes of car accidents resulting in death and serious harm are:

Fatigue Speed Distractions like mobile phones Alcohol and drugs In an article for QBE, Carslake says most accidents are the result of a quick lapse in attention or judgement: https://www.qbe.com/au/news/the-most-common-causes-of-car-accidents.

Does complacency become a factor?

Complacency is a killer, according to an article published in Motoring.com.au. As Greg Rust wrote: “Complacency on our roads might be a hard thing to quantify but it is clearly a factor when you look at some of the data gathered by the Victorian Government-owned Transport Accident Commission (TAC). In a survey of the 1000 licence holders aged 18 to 60, 82 per cent considered driving while using a hand-held mobile phone to be dangerous” (https://www.motoring.com.au/comment-complacency-is-a-killer-47258).

What to do in case you are in an accident?

If you’re involved in a car accident, the first thing to do is stop immediately. Move your car out of the way of traffic or, if that’s not possible, switch on your hazard lights.

Call an ambulance if anybody is injured or the police if the other party didn’t stop.

Call your insurer as soon as possible.

For a detailed guide of what to do (and what not to do): https://auspost.com.au/car-insurance/information-and-guides/what-to-do-if-youre-in-a-car-accident.

Contact Us

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, Shine’s motor vehicle accident compensation lawyers are here to help you. Contact us: https://www.shine.com.au/service/motor-vehicle-accidents.

  1. https://www.qbe.com/au/news/the-most-common-causes-of-car-accidents
  2. https://www.couriermail.com.au/rendezview/hey-drivers-how-well-do-you-actually-know-the-road-rules/news-story/f95a6527ac0d20dc76ddefdba3dde108
  3. https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/you-need-to-pass-a-test-every-five-years/news-story/177d36bb4a5a685258087c743e51223a

Written by Shine Lawyers on September 4, 2018. Last modified: September 24, 2018.

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