In the UK, the driving test is becoming more complicated. Soon, we will have to show that we can use GPS (which, imo is insane).
However, there are still certain aspects that other countries require in the learning process that we don’t. Take Norway, for example.
Before you are allowed to practice for any driving licence, you must first complete a four-day class called “trafikalt grunnkurs” (elementary traffic class) which covers the basic rules of the road, some general advice, and what to do when involved in (or present at the scene of) an accident—including how to communicate effectively with emergency services and basic first aid skills (ABC, recovery position).
In addition to this (I’m not entirely sure that this isn’t part of the UK test now, but I don’t think so), you have to perform a safety check of the car before the test, including tyre pressure, oil and lights.
Obviously, this does have the downside of being expensive. Norwegians spend an average of 30,000NOK (Just under £3,000) in order to get their license, due to all the courses they must attend. This is deemed necessary, as it helps reduce the traffic accident rate significantly.
Should the UK adopt something similar?