Weekend practice to get aspiring drivers on track

Applicants can now hone their skills at the IDTR track to prepare for the four-wheeler licence test
Considering the increasing number of applicants failing in the four-wheeler per manent licence test at the Institute of Driving Training and Research (IDTR) track, a weekend practice batch has now been started. Since the system is now mostly an online process, once an applicant gets an appointment for the test, they can go and practice on this track over Saturday and Sunday. This, officials feel, will help applicants drive better on tracks of different shapes and a steep gradient, which tests the skills of the driver through computerised censors.“There are three differently-shaped tracks here -one in the shape of an `8′ to check turning skills, an H-shaped one to observe reverse driving and a gradient track to check if a driver is skilled enough to control a vehicle on an incline and a slope. Most of the applicants are newly trained drivers and do not have the experience of driving on such tracks. So, when it comes to their test, they flounder,“ said K Madhavraj, head of IDTR, Pune.

He added, “Recently, we installed computerised censors on all the tracks and reduced the steepness of the gradient to make the test easier. To practice on this computerised track, applicants can come here on weekends and government holidays and practice after paying a fee of Rs 125.“

The IDTR track, which comes under the Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT) at Bhosari, was started in March 2015. Every day, 400 appli cants -250 from the Pune Regional Transport Office (RTO) and 150 from the Pimpri-Chinchwad RTO -take the driving test, the fees for which are Rs 320.

Elaborating on difficulties applicants face during the test, Raju Ghatole, president of the Maharashtra Driving School Association, told Mirror, “It’s been over a year since four-wheeler tests were started at this track. Applicants are trained on regular roads, so when they come to test on these tracks with its specific shapes and steep gradients, it’s a whole new challenge. If applicants are given a chance to practice on the tracks before the test, it will certainly help.“

Tushar Jawalkar, an applicant who has taken an appointment for the four-wheeler licence test in December, said, “When I came to know that the test will be taken on a computerised track, I was afraid of whether I will pass or not. But now, from next weekend, I will regularly go and practice on this track so that I am comfortable driving during the test.“ Another applicant, Dinesh Dhumal, said, “On Saturday, I drove on this track for the first time and it was much easier than I thought. The track is good for driving and helps new drivers while taking sharp turns. It will be useful practice for driving in the Ghats and reversing.“

Source : Mirror