1) Test people’s IQ when issuing licenses. Too many drivers don’t understand basic signs/rules. If you can’t figure out that you should actually stop on a STOP sign, you shouldn’t be driving.
2) Test people’s confidence levels behind the wheel. A lot of accidents are caused because of unnecessary panicking in simple situations. Driving too slow on highways is just as bad (if not worse) than driving fast since it’s the difference in velocity that kills people.
3) Re-test people every 2 years at least. After getting licenses, people become complacent.
I completely agree with you.
The basis of the road chaos in Dubai is 1- multi culture where we have drivers from all over the world with different “habits”, 2- The complete lack of common sense.
Speeding doesn’t kill.
Fog doesn’t kill.
Tailgating doesn’t kill.
Driving wrecked cars doesn’t kill.
Alcohol doesn’t kill.
What kills is the lack of common sense.
If future drivers and current drivers don’t have it or cannot get a grasp of what is common sense, then, they shouldn’t drive. Period.
I am fully aware of the importance of driving in our society but not everyone can fly a plane or an helicopter. It requires a lot of work and skills to do it.
The same applies for driving.
Either there is a training programs that teaches how to drive and to drive well so that future drivers can drive, maneuver and behave in case of emergency or they will use buses and metro.
If you have some common sense, you don’t speed on public roads where you can find a lot of traffic.
if you have some common sense, you slow down when there is fog and please, please don’t put your hazard lights on!
If you have some common sense, you leave a minimum interval of 2 seconds between your car and the one in front of you. Of course, this would imply that ALL drivers understand what driving on the right hand side means. Basic rule: stick to the right lane and move onto the left one only to overtake. Then go back to the right.
IF you have some common sense, maintain your car and don’t count on Tasjeel to tell you what is wrong, they are just doing basic checks.
If you have some common sense, just don’t drink and drive.
I could go on and on about this matter.
But we should stop attacking speed as the only factor of accidents. It would be like saying the what kills people is the bullet, not the gun and definitely not the person who pushes the trigger.