Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:20 pm #1786517
stevelup wrote:That is absolutely ridiculous. I thought we had the monopoly on absurd rules here...
In Northern ireland, 24% of accidents are with drivers who are under 24, with most of those accidents being on rural roads so there has been a very long term push to reduce that. I believe in the rest of the UK about 15% of accidents are with teenage drivers (I can't see comparable stats for under 24s). I heard there is a trial, or planned trial, of Graduated driver Licences in Northern Ireland (https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/advice/lear ... -licences/ with restrictions such as driving at night and the number of (young) passengers) which may then spread across the rest of the UK if the trial works.
It does force you to not get frustrated when people are constantly over taking you and motorways are generally quieter in NI than the rest of the UK. There was really only 2 motorways when I learnt to drive in NI (though). When I was learning to drive, the rules were that R-Drivers weren't allowed on motorways - I guess that changed or was clarified at some stage.
I do find when I return to NI that people do generally drive more slowly than the rest of the UK. Probably better for everyone.
I can see why people think it might be dangerous - but as far as I know there haven't been any accidents attributed to people getting frustrated behind slow R-Drivers. If you end up with a long queue behind you - you get used to pulling over and letting people past. Good training for when you tow a caravan
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