First of all, I think it's a tragic loss of two people who's lives were cut tragically short at a very young age.
This is just my personal opinion here, but I think this proves that the current restrictions for people on their Probationary licenses and learners are due for revision.
Originally Posted by xacoupe
why a teenager was allowed to take such a powerful car for a drive unsupervised'. No one mentions that the current BA XT 6 cyl has more power.
Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to say that people learning to drive should only have access to cars with 1.6L or smaller 4 cyls, but I think there needs to be some sort of re-think of what is suitable for inexperienced drivers to be able to drive.
Perhaps there needs to be more taken into account then the power to weight ratio. Perhaps torque and power delivery should be taken into account as well.
Also, perhaps people should have to go for their first few driving lessons in a controlled environment. NOT on public roads, somewhere where the worst that can happen is they feel a bit stupid after realising that yanking on the steering wheel or putting their right foot flat to the floor whilst cornering isn't such a great idea after all...
I don't know, I understand it's a complex issue, and I don't think there are any easy answers. Perhaps some parents need to take more of an interest in their children learning to drive. I know when I got my learners permit my mother showed no interest at all in helping me learn to drive, I had to rely on weekly driving lessons from a driving instructor, and even after months of lessons (and my instructor saying I'd have no trouble getting my probationary license), my mother STILL wouldn't let me drive her car to gain the experience I felt I needed before driving solo...
I realise I'm in the minority here, but I'll admit to it. I didn't even get my learners permit until I was in my early 20's, because I wasn't going to get behind the wheel of a car until I felt ready for the responsibility. I personally think too many people see driving as a right, not a privilidge, and certainly not enough people take it as seriously as they should.