FOUND THE EXTREME
“The Ministry of Education recently approved new teaching methods, but they are only advisory in nature,” says Sergei Lobarev, director of the Central Moscow Driving School. - On their basis, each school develops its own teaching methods, examinations, and the examination tasks themselves. This is probably right: you cannot cut everyone under one comb - the conditions, the level of training in different regions differ markedly.
New recommendations were adopted under pressure, on the one hand, from the traffic police, and on the other, from the public. The number of theoretical lessons is now at least 102 hours (was 80), practical driving lessons - at least 32 (was 28), etc. But is there enough time to train to ride without creating a danger to oneself and others?
“On average, 40 hours is enough for a student to acquire the necessary primary skills,” S. Lobarev is sure. - True experience still comes to the driver only after he passes 100 thousand km. And this takes three to five years. We in schools only lay certain foundations of skill, and to develop them depends on the driver himself, his qualities, abilities.
Let's agree with this, but there are probably a lot of schools where they still do not teach well, where hack-work thrives. Such is becoming less and less, our interlocutor claims. In market conditions, business colleagues themselves struggle with them - they are not interested in undermining consumer confidence in the system that feeds them. In addition, the Ministry of Education recently introduced new, more stringent licensing rules for driving schools.
In addition to the teaching methods, not so long ago were changed (have become much more stringent!) And the methods of examinations in the traffic police, so frankly to hack things, as it was three or four years ago, no driving school can. In Moscow and the region, for example, all the examination departments of the traffic police have been computerized for a long time: an unprepared applicant will never correctly answer 20 questions (there were 10 before). New requirements for passing practical exams at the site and in the city have been introduced. In the allotted 20 minutes, the inspector will accurately determine whether the listener has mastered the skills of safe driving or not. So even if the school is teaching in bad faith, the traffic police must strictly guard the admission rules, which she herself has developed!
“In principle, you can tighten any requirements,” Lobarev believes, “including the examination at the traffic police, but if you strictly adhere to today's ones, that’s enough. The school is now forced to take a more principled approach to driver training. If her graduates constantly fail the exams, the principle of natural selection will work and she is unlikely to continue to attract new students. Yes, in the country in recent years the number of accidents has been growing, and often - through the fault of young people. In such a situation, they always look for the “extreme”, and in this role were driving schools - bad, good … But after all, someone took exams from the traffic police at their graduates, gave rights! Someone has developed the conditions under which schools prepared students!
Yes, today the traffic police cannot check the school, close it (although it demands to regain such a right), but this is not its task - the traffic police must ensure road safety, and how many hours they study at school is not the problem of the road inspector
AS IN THE PRE-YEAR YEARS
The situation with driver training in the country is commented on by Dmitry Mitroshin, Deputy Head of the Department of Road Traffic Safety Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation.
I'll start with the well-known: 77.6% of accidents are on the conscience of drivers, whose army is annually replenished with two million “recruits”. An indisputable fact: today almost a quarter of accidents are committed by those whose experience driving a car or motorcycle does not exceed three years.
Now it’s customary to blame everything on driving schools and this is partly true. Even their leaders often admit that they teach not safe management, but how to pass the exam in the traffic police. Frankly, they are not ready for more driving schools. And above all, why. High-quality training is economically disadvantageous for them. Those who are interested in releasing a truly trained driver on the road are forced to face tough confrontations with one-day auto-courses, which, frankly dumping, discourage their customers. What does an 18 year old guy need? Faster (and preferably cheaper!) Get rights.
Of course, he will choose the school where in a couple of weeks they will promise a full course and a “100% guarantee” for passing exams. In such cases, it is not customary to talk about training itself.
Nevertheless, it would be unfair to directly associate a high accident rate among graduates of driving schools with the quality of training. It is unlikely that the school is taught to exceed speed or pass on a red light. It's about something else. A modern driver training system was formed in the … 30s of the last century. Then, on the verge of war, the driver needed one thing: by all means, to deliver the goods from point A to point B. There was no need to count on a tow truck or roadside service - the main emphasis was on the device of the machine and the ability to fix the malfunction. This is not to say that the system does not change. Changing, but too slow.