Tests should incorporate real life challenges (nightmares), learning three point turns are great, so are parallel parking, reverse around corners maybe (never had to do one since my test) but they do nothing for the dangers we can encounter of the roads.
They go on about increasing the age of driving, but what is the point if the test remains the same? I never encountered skids in my test or learning, I only know how I would handle one because I’ve played ’driving games’ and the fact my Dad told me when I was a kid, I don’t even know if could put this knowledge to practice. It is the variables like that, that need to be covered, facing aggressive drivers, crashes, accidents, there needs to be local test centres that do more than go for a jolly ride in the sun.
People like to drive fast, it’s a fact we must face, some have control, some don’t. You don’t ‘really’ know how you/a car will react until you’ve gone round a corner at speed, and then, how will you correct it? Alright, no one should be driving at speed round corners, but it happens because people want to push the boundaries, doing this in a safe environment could deter people from doing it on the road.
Learning to drive shouldn’t just be learning how to drive correctly, you should also be learning how to get yourself out of nasty situations.