Advanced driving in Denmark...?

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Advanced driving in Denmark...?

Postby TheInsanity1234 » Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:26 pm

I'm wondering what the attitudes to Advanced Driving in Denmark are...

Although, having done some googling, it seems like Advanced driving isn't as much of a big deal in Denmark, because the standard of lessons/testing in Denmark are quite high, as outlined here.

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Re: Advanced driving in Denmark...?

Postby Mr Cholmondeley-Warner » Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:30 pm

That doesn't necessarily mean the standard of driving is much higher than it is here (although accident rates among the young may be lower).

If you're going driving in Denmark (particularly Copenhagen), be prepared to have to devote quite a lot of attention to bicycles!
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Re: Advanced driving in Denmark...?

Postby martine » Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:56 pm

I think the UK is fairly unique in having an advanced driving movement on the scale we do (albeit still small in comparison to UK licence holders). New Zealand/Australia/Malta are all offshoots of here. Other countries that do, seem to be commercial companies and on an even smaller scale than here...

e.g.

http://www.advanceddrivers.com/

https://www.thesafedriver.ca/
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Re: Advanced driving in Denmark...?

Postby martine » Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:05 pm

Also I was talking to a Hungarian driver last week and it seems their licence acquisition is rather more formal than ours. You have to attend theory sessions covering first aid, mechanical including actually changing a tyre etc first. Initial driving lessons are off-road on special 'tracks' and only once you pass that can you be trained on-road. All lessons are done by driving instructors (no friends/parents).
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Re: Advanced driving in Denmark...?

Postby fungus » Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:07 pm

Mr Cholmondeley-Warner wrote:That doesn't necessarily mean the standard of driving is much higher than it is here (although accident rates among the young may be lower).

If you're going driving in Denmark (particularly Copenhagen), be prepared to have to devote quite a lot of attention to bicycles!


And they have priority IIRC. So if turning into a side road, there could well be a cycle track just a few metres into, and crossing the new road. Give way if there are cyclists approaching, they will expect you to.

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Re: Advanced driving in Denmark...?

Postby TheInsanity1234 » Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:12 pm

Mr Cholmondeley-Warner wrote:If you're going driving in Denmark (particularly Copenhagen), be prepared to have to devote quite a lot of attention to bicycles!

Noted! I'm not actually going driving in Europe any time soon, but I may move to Denmark shortly after I graduate as I'm slowly becoming more and more disillusioned with living in England...

martine wrote:Also I was talking to a Hungarian driver last week and it seems their licence acquisition is rather more formal than ours. You have to attend theory sessions covering first aid, mechanical including actually changing a tyre etc first. Initial driving lessons are off-road on special 'tracks' and only once you pass that can you be trained on-road. All lessons are done by driving instructors (no friends/parents).

I suspect the UK government could take quite a lot of notes from a lot of European countries. People are always banging on about how the driving test is getting harder and harder, but it's not the driving test that's the problem, it's the lack of a sensible driver training/education regime. I'm rather unique in the fact I'm interested in driving, and I enjoy trying to drive quickly, while being safe and smooth, as I enjoy the challenge of being a "thinking driver", but I'm increasingly seeing so many drivers around my age who seem to slot into a 'robot mode' when they get in the car, and they don't seem to care about anything unless it's happening in the 2 metres in front of the bonnet.

I rather liked the way I went about learning to drive as a system, as I basically learnt to control a car and use the clutch and gears etc and made sure mirror checks were a habit etc etc, THEN I turned 17 and was let loose on the roads with an L plate, but I was already a confident driver as I had been driving a car and so the whole process of changing gear etc was instilled in me, and all I had to focus on was how to judge appropriate speeds for bends, how to read other car's body language and positioning, and all the more "brain-y" stuff, rather than the physical stuff like changing gear, indicating, blah blah blah.

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Re: Advanced driving in Denmark...?

Postby Horse » Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:11 pm

Re training, have a read of this:

https://nosurprise.org.uk/blog/
My own views. For better or worse :)

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Re: Advanced driving in Denmark...?

Postby TheInsanity1234 » Sun Jun 25, 2017 1:38 pm

Horse wrote:Re training, have a read of this:

https://nosurprise.org.uk/blog/

Very interesting :geek:


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