Safety Charity Questions Whether Driving Test Fit For Purpose
Institute Of Advanced Motorists Concerned New Drivers Not Prepared
The Institute of Advanced Motorists has questioned whether the driving test is “fit for purpose” and that the learning process fails to prepare motorists for the road. Why? Because the road safety charity's recent survey – that incorporated the views of more than one-thousand drivers aged eighteen to twenty-five – showed that sixty-eight percent “feel that they need to improve” behind the wheel. That is interesting, particularly as the majority spent a small fortune on professional tuition over several months - and all passed both the theory and practical test. This possible lack of competence might have contributed to numerous traffic collisions. Youngsters, after all, account for a disproportionate number of accidents worldwide. As such, twenty-five percent of the survey respondents had crashed within a few years of passing - and in 2012 twenty-two percent of collisions involved at least one young motorist. These led to several hundred deaths. Perhaps some of these collisions might have been avoided if drivers had more closely followed the rules of road. The Institute of Advanced Motorists survey has, after all, revealed that thirty percent of its respondents broke the law within their first few years behind the wheel. Typical offences might have included speeding, driving without due care and attention, failing to obey traffic lights, and drink-driving, etc.
Institute Of Advanced Motorists Chief Executive Discusses Driving Test
The Institute of Advanced Motorists Chief Executive, Simon Best, said: “This survey shows that younger drivers simply don’t feel adequately prepared for independent driving. The current learning system is failing the next generation of motorists and there needs to be serious review. Early experience of a wide range of traffic conditions is vital - but so is dealing with negative attitudes. This can be done most effectively through peer group discussions rather than just relying on stricter controls and curfews.”
Institute Of Advanced Motorists Objectives
The Institute of Advanced Motorists has a variety of objectives relating to young motorists and the driving test. These include: road safety education as part of the school curriculum, theory and hazard perception test to be delivered online and in education establishments, insurance companies not penalising L drivers gaining experience in the family car, a twelve month minimum learning period with a logbook to build experience safely, a practical driving test that includes high speed roads, post-test assessment and training for all in the high risk early months of solo driving.