Driver Training


Here are the results from the first group that was tested. With such a wide range of ideas in such a small sample you had better be very very careful when driving in Regina!

DRIVER TRAINING 101


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Blue marks the correct answers. This was a very simple test, I thought. I'm surprised how much deviation and inconsistency there is. Even the first question had two wrong answers. That is basic right-of-way doctrine. The respondents have been driving for fifty years. I expected something different, if not better.

During my presentation, the main point I tried to make is this: If something is in front of you, you stop or slow down so you don't hit it. It has the right-of-way because it is already there, whether you think it should be there or not. The doctrine here in Regina with many drivers seems to be that it's okay to run into something, when they believe they have the right-of-way. You can see them everywhere driving with determination, defending their rights and civilization. Do they believe they themselves are invincible? Are they driving tanks? Do they think they are in Iraq? Yet when you encounter them pushing a shopping cart in Safeway, you could not find more courteous thoughtful people anywhere. Inadequate driver training is the problem. It is a serious problem.

The vehicle that is already in the intersection has the right-of-way. If there is a tie getting to the intersection, the vehicle on the right has the right-of-way. Regina's drivers seem to know only this derivative rule, which they use to override its antecedent rule. They think they have some sort of absolute right to the road in all cases.

Contrary to popular belief in Regina, Regina's drivers are not the world's best drivers: Don't believe it? Live in Vancouver or Los Angeles, then compare. People will say that drivers in Calgary are as bad. That's right. They moved to Calgary from Regina (or Saskatoon). Regina's drivers both old and young are VERY AGGRESSIVE. They drive as if they will run into you. Given a chance, some will. Aggressive drivers get away with what they do because their victims want to avoid an "accident" and people in Regina are generally ignorant of right-of-way. When situations are reversed, victims will act the same as aggressors. Do they imagine driving is a hockey game?

This is summer, when streets are dry and there is lots of traction. In winter, when streets are covered with snow and ice, things are worse. "In Phoenix when someone drives like this," opined one Regina snowbird, "he is followed home and shot in his driveway." "When I moved to Regina from New York City," complained an offended immigrant, "I was told I had to pass a driver's test to get my driver's license, because Saskatchewan has the finest drivers in the world!"