IELTS Writing Task 2

In future all cars, buses and trucks will be driverless. The only people travelling inside these vehicles will be passengers. Do you think the advantages of driverless vehicles outweigh the disadvantages?

Write at least 250 words.

IELTS Writing Task 2

In future all cars, buses and trucks will be driverless. The only people travelling inside these vehicles will be passengers. Do you think the advantages of driverless vehicles outweigh the disadvantages?

Write at least 250 words.
The essay
Introduction: Some people have speculated that in the near future some modes of transport will be automated. Although there could be certain dangers connected to unemployment and flexibility, I tend to believe that there are more benefits.
"Oh my, both perfect aspect and future simple passive in the same sentence. This must be a band 9 introduction. And there is already a linking device (“although”) and a modal verb with a good use of a comma. It is definitely band 9!"
Rory Duncan
The man
P1: Foremost amongst these advantages is the likelihood that less time would be spent on driver training. If driving is computerised there will be less need to learn how to drive, so more time could be spent on more productive activities such as work. Related to this idea of efficient time use, less time will also be spent on reading maps and programming GPS for human use. Once cars, busses, and trucks have become driverless, people will be less distracted by having to read maps which could reduce traffic congestion and some road accidents. Similarly, driverless vehicles do not require sleep, so the chances of accidents related to the drivers falling asleep while driving could be minimised.
”Foremost” is a brilliant word, isn’t it? It opens the paragraph on a strong note, telling us what we should care about. And then we have “related to this idea”, which is a phrase but still a fabulous referencing device because it uses “this” and identifies a wider theme! God, Maria and I are brilliant. We have used the word “driverless” rather a lot but the variety of tenses and higher level vocabulary elsewhere in the paragraph help compensate."
Rory Duncan
The man
P2: However, there could be certain risks connected to vehicles operated without a driver. In the case of driverless busses and lorries, people who used to drive such vehicles will be made redundant which could contribute to high levels of unemployment. Though this may be a problem in the short term, in the long term it may be possible for jobless drivers to find a new field. For example, former drivers can become new mechanics for driverless cars, so this could address any employment deficit. Less easily addressed might be the benefits that come with having a human driver. For instance, people may be more adept at driving in certain places such as mountain ranges which may require more versatile off-road driving skills.
”However” – what a timeless classic! It connects this paragraph to what has gone before but also signals a shift into darker territory. Take note of the sexy phrase “vehicles operated without a driver” which is an excellent paraphrase of “driverless”...also we were running out of ideas for alternatives at this point. It happens. Behold the structure of this paragraph too! Not only do we say what the disadvantages are, we even try to dismiss one of them. Those drivers can find other jobs! It’s fiiiiiiine. This may or may not be true but it will help out conclusion later. And just look at all these examples that Maria insisted on. How great are those. They further underscore our ideas by connecting them to the real world. Love it."
Rory Duncan
The man
Conclusion: To conclude, there are numerous positive aspects to the implementation of driverless vehicles including greater efficiency and safety. While these advantages may have drawbacks connected to unemployment, there is reasonable scope to address them.
"And we round off with “to conclude” and a nice paraphrasing of everything we said previously. I love the idea of “reasonable scope to address them” as it includes what we said before. Fab!"
Rory Duncan
The man
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