A Modest Proposal Concerning US Driver’s Licenses
I’ve seen many threads concerning SUVs, and one of the recurring themes in posts by the anti-SUV folks is the poor driving skills exhibited by some SUV owners. Personally, I know that if I were to drive a much larger vehicle than my current compact (a Prizm, FWIW), there would be a substantial learning curve. However, in my current state-of-residence, Pennsylvania, my class A license entitles me to drive any non-commercial vehicle not over 26,001 lbs. GVW. The idea that someone that passed their road test in a Civic (curb weight around 1800 lbs.) may now be driving a Humvee (curb weight 10,300 lbs. plus) on the Schuylkill Expressway next to me is not very comforting.
So, my proposal: given that the mix of private non-commercial vehicles in common use today is broader than in times past, states should implement more granular license classes, say one class for compacts/subcompacts, one for full-size cars and small SUVs, and one for large SUVs and trucks. To qualify for the new class, a driver would have to pass a road test with a vehicle in the higher class.
How say the Teeming Millions?