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Telegraph writer calls for drivers to motorcycle on their way to passing their test

Date: 02/10/2013 07:45:04
Category: Motorcycle tracking
Author: Richard Towey

Award-winning writer Graeme Archer has suggested that new car drivers try taming their reckless streak by riding a motorcycle for a year before taking their test.

Writing at telegraph.co.uk, he said far too many drivers have their heads locked in one position and refuse to acknowledge the activity in their blind spots.

In the relative safety of a car, Mr Archer says the average British driver is all too happy to commit "stupid acts of reckless driving", putting the lives of others at risk.

Cited by regator.com, he said an "unpopular" yet potentially effective remedy would be to force new drivers to ride a motorcycle for a year before allowing them to take their car driving test.

"Bikers aren't paragons," he said. "But you're more aware of what's at stake if you spend some time driving in towns and on motorways at speed, without a protective cage between yourself and the tarmac."

So instead of buying tracking systems for their new cars, youngsters may wish to invest in systems for their new motorcycles instead. Mr Archer believes this will be highly beneficial to their development as drivers.

"Some French philosopher called motorcycling the pure existential act, because there's no gap between thought, action and consequence. You are more alert, if you're riding safely, than you are the rest of your life," he added.  

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