Learning to Drive

  • Ray Fuller
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Abstract

The job of machine-operator is not everyone’s cup of tea. It conjures up images of control wheels and levers, oily rags, water-cooling, noise and macho males in blue overalls. And yet there is one machine that most people of both sexes yearn to operate, the car. To late-adolescents this promises liberation from the speed limits of their own physiology, from the geographical limits imposed by their immediate neighborhood, from the restricted destinations and time-synchronizing demands of public transport services, from the attentions of an overweening parent. It also provides a powerful statement of adulthood, perhaps no less than the loss of one’s virginity, an event to which it may indeed contribute. But not only this. The modern developed world has been progressively designed around the mobility provided by the car, with services widely distributed over urban, rural and residential areas. Ownership of a car has for many become almost a necessity. Not surprisingly, most young people are strongly motivated to learn to drive.

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Fatigue Europe Gravel Lewin 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ray Fuller
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyTrinity CollegeDublinIreland

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