Well driving isn't really a new experience for me, I've been sitting behind the wheel of a car since I was no higher than the back of your average sofa. It was one of the benefits of having a large garden and four cars (two of which were parked on the garden). But I passed my test last March and have noticed I have started to think like a driver, even when I'm a pedestrian. My dad has let me take the family around Scotland and The Wash, so I have covered over a thousand miles just in my first year.
My biggest concern is for a 'friend' of mine (I call her 'friend' because she's part of our group but we're not really friends). She has just recently passed her test and drove to school the day after. As we didn't have a lesson timetabled for the last period she took two other friends and myself to Tesco. In less than an hour we nearly had an accident and had hit a parked car. The near accident: there was a taxi coming from the right at a roundabout, I had seen it so I thought my 'friend' would have...but she hadn't. She pulled out in front of it and both cars slammed on their brakes. The hitting a parked car- we were coming out of Tesco and the girl decided to reverse into the free bay behind so it was easier to pull out. She only has an old, small ford fiesta but she managed to scrape the side of the car in the next bay. She never stopped or anything, just kept going. "Oh it doesn't matter, it didn't damage their car." was her words.
I've been lucky, driving so many miles in a 2L Vectra estate without even coming near a collision or backing up into parked vehicles (I'm not boasting). I think people should be retested after a certain number of years have gone by and before they reach 70 years of age. Technology should be created to detect people such as my 'friend' so necessary restrictions or whatever can be imposed after they've shown a degree of dangerous driving and therefore may be a risk to other drivers. I do not agree on the policy of 'you're guilty until proven innocent' however giving a second chance to a driver who has gone to jail for manslaughter (my cousin has been through this) should not be permitted. The person my cousin has killed doesn't have a second chance at anything. Why should the criminal have a second chance to repeat the incident?