Driving instructors learn about road rage
16 November 2005, AMSTERDAM - Driving instructors in and around Zwolle are to follow a course to learn how to deal with aggression on the road.
16 November 2005
AMSTERDAM - Driving instructors in and around Zwolle are to follow a course to learn how to deal with aggression on the road.
The decision was taken after one driving instructor was assaulted by another motorist who felt the learner car was in the way. The instructor was pulled from the car and beaten up.
"It is constantly getting worse in the traffic. Motorists immediately start honking their car horns as soon as the student accidentally stalls the car," an instructor from 'Accuraat' motoring school in Genemuiden said.
The 25 driving instructors in the region have founded a driving school association called Zwolle 20. They are to begin the course on Thursday. Motoring organisation BOVAG said the training is new to the Netherlands.
The course is designed to teach the instructors how to deli with aggression, and to teach their students to cope with road rage.
"Like us, they will be confronted by it too. Moreover, they will also be ordinary motorists in the traffic who, with our knowledge and experiences, will, hopefully, bring to the roads more understanding for learner cars," one of the founders said.
BOVAG is following the experiment with interest, a spokesperson said. "Aggression on the roads is increasing, that is clear. And learner vehicles are immediately do everything correctly. It is great if driving school instructors can help calm this extra aggression."
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news