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Improving Road Safety Together Preparing new drivers for real life on our roads Carly Brookfield Driving Instructors Association
Who/what is irresponsible? • Parents who pay just enough to get their children through the test • Instructors who allow them to, with little or no explanation of the benefits of being correctly prepared • Accompanying parents passing on bad habits due to lack of up-skilling and ensuring their knowledge is up to date • Parents with young impressionable children in the car • Licence holders who shape and influence young people every day • Have-a-go-heroes: those conducting road safety and driver education activity with no real expertise or experience • A system that allows non qualified people to conduct driver training • the trainee instructor licence • post test/advanced driver training • Regulation which requires us to MOT our vehicles regularly, but not our driving* • *(most RTC’s are 90% human failure, 10% mechanical failure)
Who/what is really irresponsible? • A learning to drive curriculum funneled towards a one-shot test with a bigger focus on reversing and parking than independent driving • How irresponsible of any Government, past, present, or future to continue to allow 195,000 injury incidents a year to occur without any meaningful intervention. • How dangerous to cut a road safety budget by 80% when over so many people die on our roads annually • Is there complacency about having one of the best road safety record in Europe? • Is an arrogant belief in our driving standards our greatest problem, and biggest danger?
What are the costs of being irresponsible? • £1.7m per death • Cost to the NHS and other public services of KSI’s • Increased cost to every taxpayer • The grief to 1,000s of families
Better solutions? Education • A consistent road user safety education curriculum in schools (intra and extra-curricular) • Intervention and preventative education from an early age • A consistent approach to road safety education delivered by road safety and driver training professionals • Children will train parents and peers • Re-education and more frequent re-training of existing licence holders • More rigorous focus on the quality of all driver and road safety education programmes • A competency based, mandatory learning to drive curriculum with a mandatory requirement to be taught by an ADI • Graduated learning, not graduate licences There is a current annual spend in schools of £159m on: • SRE (sexual health) • Drug abuse Yet more young people die in cars
Betters solutions? A new learning to drive curriculum • Mandatory lessons with a qualified trainer • Recorded in a log book • Pre and post test • Core competency and modular assessment approach – not just a single shot test • Increased focus on independent driving – manoeuvres rarely kill • Accompanying parent courses • To improve the quality of private practice • Telematics for all new drivers • To help them assess their strengths and weaknesses • With a trainer to support them • Increasing the quality and skills of driver trainers • Closing any loopholes allowing non-driver trainers to train • Consistent delivery of the National Standards for Driver and Rider Training • The right people involved in driver and road safety education, for the right reasons
Fantasy driver development cycle?
Better solutions? The C words • Collaboration • Cooperation • Consistent • Continuous • Competent • Curricular (and extra curricular) • Car occupant and all road user safety • ConsideredCSR • Common cause – the conservation of life