Road Safety IELTS Essay

Lilie King

Lilie King

Scored a 7 on the Writing Test Twice

Some people think that the best way to improve road safety is to make vehicle drivers take a test every year. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

This road safety IELTS essay question was reported in May 2021. Click here to see more reported writing task 2 questions.

Sample Essay

Some people argue that the best approach to increase road safety is for vehicle drivers to take an annual test. I completely disagree with this point of view because many traffic incidents are a result of bad weather and some companies’ promises of speedy delivery.

Frequently, bad weather is the main cause of car accidents. When it is raining or snowing, visibility becomes low and roads become slippery, which often leads to car crashes. So, instead of enforcing an annual testing program, regulators would do better to discourage car use in such weather conditions and encourage the use of transportation like subways and trams instead.

In addition, many driving incidents are caused by the speedy shipping that some companies promote. Take Amazon Flex, for example. In order to fulfill same-day delivery, the platform has imposed very tight deadlines on its drivers. When falling behind schedule, these drivers tend to get stressed and drive recklessly. It was reported that since June 2015, there have been more than 60 crashes involving Amazon delivery drivers which have resulted in injuries or death. In this case, taking a driving test every year will not be very useful because even though the test can remind delivery drivers of the rules they should follow, they would still violate them to meet deadlines. A more effective method is to hold companies like Amazon Flex and Uber Eat responsible for the tragedies they cause. Hopefully, they can extend the tight deadlines they set.

In conclusion, I do not think implementing a yearly driving test is the best approach to improve road safety since poor weather conditions and delivery companies also play a major part in many traffic accidents.

280 Words

Task Response

Even though I think enforcing an annual driving test is not the best way to improve road safety, I didn’t go on to just talk about other better ways. I did explain in both of my body paragraphs why taking a test every year is less effective. This is because the question is about not only road safety but also annual driving tests. So, we shouldn’t completely ignore driving tests.

How to Paraphrase “Take a Test Every Year”

  • take an annual test
  • take a yearly test
  • enforce/implement an annual testing program
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