In the Beginning….
When cars where first invented around 1888(or horseless carriages as they were called then), there were very few of them around owned by just a few of the elite. They also weren’t able to go very fast. It was then considered dangerous to go above 4 mph, so to enforce that, a man had to walk in front with a red flag. Imagine that! That era didn’t last long though due to too many of the red flag men getting run over, the increasing number of cars on the road and the increasing speeds they were capable of. In 1895 the speed limit was raised to 14 mph.The test, such as it was in those days, was introduced in March 1930 for disabled drivers. Voluntary tests for anyone else were brought in at the beginning of 1935, by June of that year, it had become compulsory. The test as we know it today, is very different from the original. Roads have changed so much over the years, not just by way of the traffic controls but also by the increasing number of vehicles that use them, that many new measures have had to be included. Even in the last couple of years we have seen the inclusion of the independent drive. There are also mutterings of adding in some motorway driving for learners in the last throws of their training. It can’t be made compulsory though, as there are many areas in the UK that don’t have motorways close enough to make it a viable exercise. Continue reading