Should learner drivers be banned for narrow, twisting and dangerous motorcycle roads for the benefit and safety of the learner and motorcycle riders?
Learner drivers should be avoided at all costs. If you think most car drivers don’t see motorcycles, then it is 10 times worse for learner drivers.
We all have to learn at some stage and it is important that we exercise some patience and caution with learner drivers.
If a learner obstructs your progress, stay back, but give them a gentle beep on the horn or a flash of the lights so they know you’re there.
What really annoys us here at Motorbike Writer is when experienced, licensed drivers take learners (often their children or a relative) to well-known motorcycle roads to practise.
These supposedly experienced drivers could be forgiven if the reason for choosing a motorcycle road is to make their “student” aware of motorcycles on the road.
However, the behaviour of these “instructors” seems to suggest they just don’t care.
This is one of the inherent problems with licensing requirements of a certain number of hours with an “instructor”. That instructor could be a parent with bad driving skills and even road rage issues!
Learner drivers with no idea
On several occasions, we have witnessed learner drivers on narrow, twisting motorcycle roads and they (and their instructor) usually don’t have any idea we are there.
If they did, surely the instructor would suggest they pull over or indicate for a rider to go around them.
Instead, they hold up riders and other traffic in a dangerous display of learner ignorance and instructor arrogance.
This causes riders immense frustration and often leads to dangerous overtaking which can also startle a learner driver and put them in an equally dangerous situation.
While we want learner drivers to experience as many different road conditions as possible, motorcycle roads are, by their very nature, narrower and twistier than other roads and therefore more dangerous.
Perhaps it is time to ban learner car drivers from popular motorcycle roads, at least on weekends when these roads are crowded with riders.
Or better still, train the trainers properly. To all parents of learners, please instruct your child to look for riders and to have some consideration.