Road collisions are the biggest killer
Young people have always called and asked us for the cheapest or quickest way to pass their driving test and get on the road ASAP.
New drivers are most at risk of having a collision in their first year of driving and yet the current system abandons to learn by their own, sometimes fatal, mistakes.
We do not recommend ‘Crash Courses’ or ‘Intensive Courses’ think about it… Why are they called that…
Learning to drive is a life skill and when driving you are in control of a machine that weighs an average of 1,302kg.
This is the equivalent of
12,641 Greggs sausage rolls
IAM RoadSmart recommendations
- Road safety education should be part of the National Curriculum and theory and hazard perception training and testing should take place within the education system.
- IAM RoadSmart supports a 12-month minimum learning period with an online learning log for learner drivers to complete prior to taking the practical test. Low-speed parking and turning maneuvers could be assessed as part of this process. There is evidence that around 120 hours of driving experience in mixed conditions would produce safer new drivers but not all of this has to be with a paid-for instructor.
- L drivers are a safe group and there is no case for increasing insurance premiums when they use the family car.
- The practical driving test should include driving on high-speed roads.
- IAM RoadSmart strongly supports the development of a ‘post’ or ‘second’ phase test as part of a refreshed licensing system. After passing the practical test refresher and eco-driving lessons must be taken before full license status is granted. IAM RoadSmart wants to work with stakeholders to develop the best solution using the resources currently available in the UK.
- Alongside these interventions IAM RoadSmart supports some graduated license controls in the first year/six months of driving, for example, to limit the number of peer passengers (but no limit on older passengers) and a lower blood alcohol limit.
- IAM RoadSmart does not support nighttime curfews on young drivers as they reduce opportunities to gain experience, impact on the economy and job prospects and raise problems of enforcement.
- IAM RoadSmart is ready to provide its knowledge and expertise in developing the content of the minimum learning period and post-test interventions, as well as online learning and new recording systems.
- Low-income drivers should not be disadvantaged by an extended system of learning to drive. At IAM RoadSmart we believe there is strong potential for volunteers and employers to help all drivers gain a full license.