"Lower standards, Bogush?"
"or are you as blind as most of the motorists I encounter?"
> How is it that they are all blind, and you have your full complement of faculties, as you continually "encounter" them?!
But you still manage to miss:
> But the standards for passing the test are the MINIMUM to be allowed onto the road unsupervised, and should be continually improved upon.
You should get your eyesight tested before you take your test ! ; - )
"I suppose I'm at the stage where I am beginning to think I am a better driver than most. Actually I'd like to think that my experience as a cyclist and pedestrian are helping a bit."
Not ready to take the test yet, and you're already better than the most of rest of us.
No wonder you've always felt able to judge motorists.
BTW, no I don't think that:
"even a large minority of drivers would be able to pass a spot test?"
Just like I don't think that a even a large minority of airline or fighter pilots would be able to pass a spot test based on the basic pilots license, or professors would be able to pass a GCSE in their subject.