At CarAdvice we love cars and we love driving, it goes without saying. Our writers and staff spend many hours and clock up hundreds of kilometers a week each on the road and as much as we might enjoy our more performance orientated vehicles, we’re also very mindful of safe motoring practices and are keen advocates of road safety.
Speed, or more correctly excessive speed for the circumstance, as most unbiased and intelligent people would recognise, is often only one contributor to an accident’s overall composition and is all too often (in our opinion) used as a scapegoat to mask what is a far greater concern – the lack of correct and ample driver training.
hours. It is therefore disheartening and frustrating when reports prepared for more popularly respected motoring and government bodies by experts are given so much credence.
These self-funded reports, which often attempt to dissuade or disprove the notion that driver education improves road safety, are alarming to say the least and in many cases appear irrational, especially when you consider they are often prepared by experts who’s qualifications have no direct correlation to the field.
- “Research evidence suggests that most driver training contributes little to reductions in accident involvement or crash risk among drivers of all age and experience groups”
- “Improving driver knowledge and skill does not always lead to a change in on-road behaviour or reduce crash risk among trainees”
- “On road driving experience is the only way most higher-order cognitive skills related to driving are developed and maintained”
- “Conventional driver training is unlikely to undo firmly established past learning… nor alter motivation or personal values”
- “It is of concern that the provision of conventional driver training beyond that required to gain an initial driver license often leads to increased crash risk among novice drivers… unduly increasing the confidence of novices about their own experience”
Over the coming months CarAdvice will be attending a number of driver training programs and following the progress of a number of students in all age groups to highlight why we believe these programs are of crucial importance in developing not only more competent drivers, but a better, safer and more absolute mindset among all road users.
As a bonus to our loyal readers, participating drive schools will then support CarAdvice in extending a discount to you so that we may further encourage road safety through out the community.