I agree that better driver education would be a good thing. But it's not going to happen because it would make the cost of obtaining a license too high, blah blah - all sorts of political arguments that haven't got anything to do with prioritising safety.
I'm a PPL holder too, so I know what you're saying about pilot training, but that's a completely different thing for several reasons, not least of which is that the cost of obtaining a license is entirely irrelevant to the overall economy - if you can afford it, go for it. Also, the outcome of an accident tends to have greater consequences in the air, so overall the extra cost of safety is considered worth it and is written into the law. On the roads, for whatever reason, the extra cost of safety is deemed not worth it by most people, since a) they don't bother getting advanced driver training once they have their license, b) they drive badly most of the time, and c) politicians don't demand anything is done about it.
In other words, more driver training might lead to fewer accidents, but no-one is bothering with it, either voluntarily or mandating it by law. So, the fact remains, that for the typical driver, locking up on the brake pedal in panic will remain the norm, even though it's not a good thing to do. All that can be done is to design the cars themselves to be safer, using technology to make up for driver deficiency where it can. With increasing use of drive-by-wire systems, it's high time that car manufacturers were forced to follow coding and design standards, and have their designs independently audited and approved. That's going to improve safety far more cheaply than mandating more driver training.
To me it's unbelievable that such mandatory design approvals are not already the norm. I guess the pollies are well behind the state of the art as usual. Maybe the Toyota case will help shake them up. In any case it makes good business sense for manufacturers to at least go with the voluntary standards that exist, which Toyota did not do. Until they can show that they're compliant with the voluntary standards,the best way to fix this mess is not buy a Toyota. That's how free market correction is supposed to work, right?